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Cuba reforms seen as changing ideals, values

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Posted: Dec 9, 2013 1:41 PM

Updated: Dec 9, 2013 1:41 PM

CREEPING CAPITALISM: As more Cubans go into business for themselves under President Raul Castro's economic reforms, the ethos of capitalism is increasingly seeping into daily life, often in stark conflict with fundamental tenets of the Cuban Revolution.

SACROSANCT BENEFITS: Officials have repeatedly said state guarantees of free education, health care and other things are sacrosanct, and the reforms aim to perfect socialism, not embrace capitalism.

RESHAPING ATTITUDES: The free market is still limited in Cuba, but already it is altering lives and reshaping attitudes in palpable ways. Some fear and others hope that values anathema to a half-century of Communist rule are taking root more with each passing day.

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