Market-style reforms widen racial divide in Cuba

Adonis, a 17-year-old barber, cuts a customer's hair in his house in Havana, August 31, 2014. Credit: REUTERS/Enrique De La OsaCuba’s experiment with free-market reforms has unintentionally widened the communist-led island’s racial divide and allowed white Cubans to regain some of the economic advantages built up over centuries.

Under President Raul Castro, who took over from his brother Fidel Castro in 2008, Cuba has expanded its non-state workforce, loosened travel restrictions and promoted private cooperatives and small businesses.

As the communist government relinquishes its once near-total control of the economy, inequality has widened, undoing some of the progress seen since the 1959 revolution.

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