Cuban leader Fidel Castro says communism isn't working in his Caribbean island nation and the state-dominated system is in need of change.
The state currently controls over 90 percent of the Cuban economy. Castro's brother Raul has tried to reduce some of that control since he was given power in 2006.
Fidel made his remarks to a journalist for the The Atlantic Magazine. Jeffrey Goldberg, a national correspondent for the U.S. publication, asked Castro if Cuba's economic system was still worth exporting to other countries, and Castro replied: "The Cuban model doesn't even work for us anymore," Goldberg wrote Wednesday in a post on his Atlantic blog.
The Cuban government had no immediate comment on Goldberg's account.
Cubans say maybe Castro has learned something.
"If he says it after 50 years, he must have arrived at a conclusion due to his own experience," said Julian Torres, a 65-year-old retiree.
Castro also spoke out against anti-Semitism and berated Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for his treatment of Israel and denying the Holocaust occurred.
Fidel Castro's interview with Goldberg is the only one he has given to an American journalist since he left office.
Cuba says much of its suffering is caused by the 48-year-old U.S. trade embargo. The economy has also been slammed by the global economic downturn, a drop in nickel prices, and the fallout from three devastating hurricanes that hit in quick succession in 2008. Corruption and inefficiency have only made problems worse.