Thanks for the post.  The task of reforming socialist cadre organizations must come mainly from within.  Responding to criticism by becoming more repressive is self defeating as has been well-demonstrated.  This is a positive sign that the PCC is still capable of transforming itself into a more democratic instrument for the continuation of the Cuban Revolution as is the removal of corrupt persons in the gov't and party leadership.  There is much more to be done, i'm sure.  I just hope that Cuba's enemies back off from their overt threatening postures and trade repression so that Cuba can focus on strengthening its economy within a democratic and socialist framework. Those in the US who would like to see such development can best serve the Cuban people by working to get our Gov't to remove all discriminatory constraints on communication and trade w/ Cuba.

On 7/9/2011 11:47 AM, Kamran Nayeri wrote:
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Some on this list who follow Cuba may have read about the expulsion of Esteban Morales a year ago. Morales is a well-know Cuban intellectual and Director of the Center for the Study of the United States. He writes frequently on race relations in Cuba.  Morales had posted an article in April 2010 on the website of the National Union of Writers and Artists that was highly critical of corruption in high places.  He was expelled from the Communist Party (PCC) by the regional leadership. This body claimed that Morales needed to secure permission to publish such a critical article.  His article was subsequently removed from the website. 

Morales appealed his expulsion.  Meanwhile Morales continued his academic and administrative work and even participated in a major meeting on race relations in Cuba in Washington D.C. in June. 

Here is today's story about his reinstatement in the PCC.

Cuba: Esteban Morales's Communist Party Membership Is Restored on Appeal