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Cuba Is A Changing Society
Cubans are taking advantage of the economic reforms passed by President Raul Castro, forcing capitalism into their daily lives. 

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In this Nov. 16, 2013 photo, Juan Felipe, 27, whose stage name is "Angela Nefer," performs at the Fashion Bar Habana, in Havana, Cuba. While many new entrepreneurs have failed, undone by a lack of supplies, a limited customer base and scarce resources, many of those who have succeeded have entered a glamorous world that disappeared after Fidel Castros arrival in Havana put an end to the freewheeling 1950s. (AP Photo/Franklin Reyes)

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In this Nov. 16, 2013 photo, Luis Antonio Veliz, 37, center, speaks with Delvis Alonso, 28, right, a gay transvestite artist known as "Solanch," before the start of a show at the Fashion Bar Habana, in Havana, Cuba. Veliz fulfilled a dream when he opened his stylish cabaret-bar, then came a rude awakening. With success, came sacrifice. Veliz realized he had to be on-call 24 hours a day to solve problems, an unthinkable notion when he was a state-employed restaurant worker. (AP Photo/Franklin Reyes)

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In this Nov. 16, 2013 photo, Gilberto Valladares, 44, known as "Papito," cuts a client's hair at Artecorte hair studio in Havana, Cuba. Valladares is the founder of the private business, which resembles an opulent European salon with its mosaic floors, high ceilings, intricate plaster molding and candelabras. Valladares worries that competition and self-interest will eat away at revolutionary values such as solidarity, unity and nationalist pride. (AP Photo/Franklin Reyes)

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A self-employed meat seller carries a pig with hopes to sell at a nearby market in Havana, Cuba, Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013. The free market is still limited in Cuba, but already it is altering lives and reshaping attitudes. (AP Photo/Franklin Reyes)

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Customers shop at an open-air market in Havana, Cuba, Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013. The goal of Fidel Castro's 1959 revolution was to rebuild society in line with Ernesto "Che" Guevara's concept of the "new man": honest, obedient citizens who selflessly hold the needs of society above their own. (AP Photo/Franklin Reyes)

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With a framed image of revolutionary leader Fidel Castro on the wall, a vendor organizes his tomatoes at an open-air market in Havana, Cuba, Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013. As more and more islanders go into business for themselves under President Raul Castros economic reforms, the ethos of capitalism is increasingly seeping into Cuban daily life, often in stark conflict with fundamental tenets of the Cuban Revolution. (AP Photo/Franklin Reyes)

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Florist Yeska Estiu, 44, left, assists a client at a farmer's market in Havana, Cuba, Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013. "Here, sales are based on quality, on innovation," says Estiu, who tries to stand out from her neighbors by swathing her bouquets in brightly colored paper and ribbons brought from overseas by her husband. "We are all competing to have a better product." (AP Photo/Franklin Reyes)

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Mabel Perez, 38, arranges a garment for display at an open air market that specializes in clothing in Havana, Cuba, Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013. The free market is still limited in Cuba, but already it is altering lives and reshaping attitudes. (AP Photo/Franklin Reyes)

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A self-employed fruit and vegetable vendor waits for customers on the street in Havana, Cuba, Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013. After decades of being urged to report any black market activity in their neighborhoods, some Cubans now find themselves looking over the fence at their neighbors legal businesses and worrying that theyre falling behind. (AP Photo/Franklin Reyes)

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Arleti Belet, 22, waits for customers at her sandwich stand in Havana, Cuba, Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013. As more and more islanders go into business for themselves under President Raul Castros economic reforms, the ethos of capitalism is increasingly seeping into Cuban daily life, often in stark conflict with fundamental tenets of the Cuban Revolution. (AP Photo/Franklin Reyes)

Cuba Is A Changing Society

Cubans are taking advantage of the economic reforms passed by President Raul Castro, forcing capitalism into their daily lives. 

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