Before leaving Montreal for Havana in March 2016 to cover the Obama trip, I wrote an article on Cuba–US relations. Referring to the cultural war to include, in the broad sense of the term, ideological and political aggression, I asked:
Havana.- The holding here of the 7th Congress of the Cuban Communist Party (PCC) showed full support to the path towards the development of a prosperous and sustainable socialism.
Havana.- The most eloquent example of the complexity of the process of implementation of the Socio-Economic Guidelines lies in the monetary and exchange duality, asserted on Saturday Army General Raúl Castro, First Secretary of the Cuban Communist Party (PCC).
For more than five decades, the Party has continued along a path of constant learning and experience, seeking and perfecting its own, more effective methods and work style, invariably alongside the masses in the most difficult and complex moments of the economic, political and social battle; leading the development of the consciousness of the people, of their general and political education; at the forefront of the defense of the Revolution.