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    Re: Embargo? What Embargo?

    Just as “The Song Remains the Same”, “The question remains the same.”

    Namely: What Embargo?

    Webster's defines "embargo" as "a government order imposing a trade barrier." As a verb it's defined as, "to prevent commerce."

    Yet according to figures from the U.S. Department of Commerce, the U.S. transacted $730 million with Cuba in 2008.

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    Re: Embargo? What Embargo?

    Lifting today’s nominal embargo is a good idea that almost all Cuban agree with, any way the embargo doesn’t exist, it’s proven enough, but some people and the dictatorship continues to talk about the embargo to create the impression in the public opinion that it exist. It is the old tactic used by Joseph Goebbels, the Nazi regime minister of propaganda whose very famous quote says, “If you tell a lie long enough, it becomes the truth.”

    The only effective embargo that today affects the Cuban people is the internal embargo that the dictatorship maintains on the Cubans.

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    Re: Embargo? What Embargo?

    The United States government’s embargo has had little effect on the Cuban economy, since it only represents 6% of Cuba’s commerce with the rest of the world. The embargo only affects the American companies and their subsidiaries. The rest of the countries, a 180 since the last count in 2007, and companies are free to conduct business with Cuba and are doing so, as confirmed by imports surpassing $10.00 billions during 2007. In reality there is not such embargo since in the year 2000 the United States Congress lifted the prohibition of the sale of agricultural products and medicines to Cuba, thereby allowing Castro’s regime to buy everything it needs.

    From December 2001 up to December 2007, the Castro’s regime had signed contracts for more than $2.00 billions with American companies for the purchases of their products. The U.S.-Cuba Trade and Economic Council, based on analysis of official figures of the Castro’s regime, has estimated the import of U.S. agricultural products in $437 millions during 2007. Cuba’s National Statistics Office (Oficina Nacional de Estadísticas. Cuba) placed the United States as Cuba’s fifth business partner at $582 million in 2007.

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    Re: Embargo? What Embargo?

    Visions of a post-embargo Cuba
    Visions of a post-embargo Cuba | Babalú Blog: an island on the net without a bearded dictator

    By Henry Louis Gomez, on February 25, 2010, at 10:38 am

    It seems that the U.S. trade embargo on Cuba is the constant thread of the narrative here at Babalu Blog and wherever the issue of Cuba and its dictatorship is discussed. It feels like every day someone new comes along and says, “well it hasn’t worked in fifty years so isn’t time to try something new?” The purpose of this post is not to discuss the origins or intent of the embargo, we’ve discussed that ad nauseam, but rather to look into our crystal ball and see what a post-embargo Cuba would look like without the regime first making any significant changes to its economic and political systems. In other words, giving the castro brothers exactly what they have been asking for since the Soviet Union collapsed.
    Cuba is a bankrupt inefficient country that doesn’t generate the wealth necessary to a healthy trade. The embargo was a self inflicted consequence of the treacherous confiscation of US owned property in Cuba, and nothing else. You don’t do business with those who steals from you.

    We can eliminate the symbolic “embargo” tomorrow and nothing will change, as the Cuban economy controlled by Castro brothers’ regime wouldn’t have enough hard currency to make a dent into their misery.

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    Re: Embargo? What Embargo?

    Quote Originally Posted by Sandokan View Post
    It seems that you like garbage, since you keep coming back like the bee to the honey.

    In Cuba people earn about $18 dollars a month. They get a miserable government rations that lasts them about ten days. You can certainly buy food in communist Cuba, but you pay just about the same amount of money that a free person would pay in the USA. A hamburger in Cuba cost $3. How can a person making $18 a month at a government job afford a hamburger?
    I would imagine the answer to your question would be CORRUPTION.

    I would urge you to view what is happening in Venezuela, where they also have a pseudo Socialist communist Administration.

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    Re: Embargo? What Embargo?

    I would imagine the answer to your question would be CORRUPTION.
    Correct answer. If travel restrictions are lifted, we can expect the communist regime in Cuba to do all it can to encourage immoral behavior. Spring breakers will be lured by the promise of unrestricted alcohol and drug sale to minors, the sex trade already a staple of tourism to Cuba will also increase, and all in all we can expect the communists to make a profit at the expense of our citizens, as Lenin said "the end justifies the means."

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    Re: Embargo? What Embargo?

    There is something obscene about wanting to have a good time in Cuba, a place where the citizens are restricted in their liberties and movement. You might be free to travel, but "they are not". Where they are put in prison because of their thoughts and beliefs, you will discuss openly your thoughts and religious beliefs, but "they" will not. Where they and their family can be deported to any region at a moments notice, you will be able to board your plane and go home when your visit is over, but "they" can not leave.

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    Re: Embargo? What Embargo?

    As long as Fidel Castro is alive and in charge, investments are a huge risk. Cuba owes everyone money, a staggering debt of $60 billions, and does not pay its bills simply because they do not generate any wealth. Since 1992 the Cuba regime hasn’t paid the external debt and therefore cannot obtain more credit from many countries. It would take a real dummy to make any type of investment in Cuba under the present regime.

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    Re: Embargo? What Embargo?

    The communist regime of Cuba, wages war against its own people, it will never of its own will return democracy to its people, it will never stop putting people in jail for expressing thoughts freely, it will never lift censorship of the press, it will never allow Cubans to travel freely, it will never allow free elections. The effect of the embargo on Cuba has partially fulfilled its objectives. It prevented Castro from obtaining loans and lines of credit that would allow him to finance his permanence in power and avoiding the growth of the indebtedness of Cuba without benefit for the population.

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    Re: Embargo? What Embargo?

    you can't blame america for loosening the embargo, after all, they are a collective punishment, and therefore a war crime
    So follow me into the desert
    As desperate as you are
    Where the moon is glued to a picture of heaven
    And all the little pigs have God

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