Cuban President Raul Castro introduced economic reforms seven years ago. Many Cubans embraced the chance to open their own businesses. But government backtracking is hampering many fledgling business owners.
There is still no wireless internet in Cuba. This has not stopped the head of state, Miguel Diaz-Canel, from taking to the digital world with his Twitter account. But his online propaganda is not going unchallenged.
A commission led by former President Raul Castro will be responsible for rewriting Cuba's 1976 constitution. Potential changes include market reforms and a presidential term limit.
From December, Cuba's small business owners can open new stores again. But there is skepticism about what will really change as increased bureaucracy, longer authorization procedures and more controls are imminent.
Cuba's government will come under pressure to be transparent about the circumstances of last week's plane crash. However, transparency is by no means certain, the Cuban blogger Yoani Sánchez writes.
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