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Cuba is a communist dictatorship with Fidel Castro as the head of state It does not have an independent judiciary nor does it have free elections So the people of Cuba would be considered subjects to the country Fidel Castro led a rebel army to overthrow the Cuban government and achieved victory in 1959 Cubas communist revolution with Soviet support was exported throughout Latin America and Africa during the 1960s 70s and 80s The country is now slowly recovering from a severe economic recession following the withdrawal of former Soviet subsidies worth 4 billion to 6 billion annually in 1990 Havana blames its difficulties on the US embargo in place since 1962 Cuba is a multiracial society with a population of mainly Spanish and African origins The largest organized religion is the Roman Catholic 85 Santeria 15 a blend of Protestants Jewish Santerian and native African religions Roman Catholicism is the most widely practiced religion in Cuba Officially Cuba has been an atheist state for most of the Castro era However a constitutional amendment adopted on July 12 1992 changed the nature of the Cuban state from atheist to secular enabling religious believers to belong to the Cuban Communist Party PCC Cuba is slightly smaller than Pennsylvania with a population of 11730400 October 2002 The labor force is comprised of agriculture 23 industry 24 services 53 and they have an unemployment rate 6 Industries include sugar petroleum food tobacco textiles chemicals paper and wood products metals particularly nickel cement fertilizers consumer goods agricultural machinery Cuba like all countries is comprised of many races of people Ethnic divisions in Cuba include Mulatto 51 European descent 37 African descent 11 and Chinese 1 Cuba remains racially divided between the white haves and the black and mixed-race have-nots It is safe to say Cuba is conflictual political culture because the citizens are divided often on both the legitimacy of the regime and solutions to major problems
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