And who better than a punk rocker to pressure the reluctant dictator?
Raul Castro fears the political changes that might follow a true opening of the economy.
Reports coming out of Castro's "workers' paradise" are laughably simplistic and shallow.
Will the EU lifting sanctions on Cuba result in more political freedom? Don't ask one dissident arrested less than 24 hours after the announcement.
Barack Obama's new Cuba policy may be based on "libertad," but it's unlikely to lead to freedom for the island nation's people.
Small signs of freedom are starting to sprout in Cuba — and none more hopeful than the tolerance of bloggers who criticize the Castro regime.
The media have spent a quarter century predicting that Cuban-Americans are on the verge of moving to the left. Why should reality get in the way of their wishful thinking now?
What does Fidel Castro's resignation mean for the future of Cuba? Henry Louis Gomez says Cubans will still experience the same amount of repression, but now with 10% less bluster.