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Hola Cuba! - 4/14/2009 8:34:53 PM   
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The president makes good on another campaign pledge and loosens restrictions on  travel,communication/mail and money transfers with Cuba.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20090414/pl_nm/us_obama_cuba

"In a major shift from the Bush administration's hard-line approach to Havana, Obama ended limits on family travel and money transfers to their homeland by Cubans in the United States.

The moves by the White House do not eliminate Washington's trade embargo against Cuba, set up 47 years ago, but they do hold out the prospect for improving relations between the two longtime foes."



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RE: Hola Cuba! - 4/14/2009 8:41:06 PM   
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I view this as a positive step forward and hope that eventually the differences between the two countries can be resolved and the embargo ended.

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RE: Hola Cuba! - 4/14/2009 8:56:55 PM   
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Yeah it's a positive move....though there are probably some people in South Florida who are really pissed.
Though characterising this as  a Bush policy would seem to be a stretch....this has been policy for every Administration since Kennedy.

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RE: Hola Cuba! - 4/14/2009 9:23:29 PM   
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I have to agree, it is a positive view...The Castro's have for more than 40 years blamed all their shortcomings on the United States....now they will run out of arguments as to US hostility and as to why their economy stinks...no more embargo to blame the bad Cuban economy on....and maybe this will force the Cuban economy to open up more, Chinese style, one would hope. Viva Cuba Libre !!!

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RE: Hola Cuba! - 4/15/2009 3:40:06 AM   
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This forum seems mostly Americans, but here's a British view. The American attitude to Cuba has always seemed like an enormously powerful country persecuting a very small poor country- and the talk of lack of free elections etc in Cuba is hypocritical in the extreme, since US governments have more often than not supported the most horrible South American dictatorships, so long as they were right-wing. cuba has a poor economy for various different reasons- but I think Haiti's is a lot worse. You have to compare like with like.

Incidentally, George Washington's government embargoed the first independent government of Haiti, cos they didn't want their own black slaves getting any big ideas from the world's first liberated black state...

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RE: Hola Cuba! - 4/15/2009 8:35:49 AM   
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To Owner, It is not only the Bush administration that has had a hard line against Cuba. It has been every administration since John F Kennedy was our president. You make it sound like just Bush was the problem once again..

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RE: Hola Cuba! - 4/15/2009 9:11:45 AM   
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To Owner, It is not only the Bush administration that has had a hard line against Cuba. It has been every administration since John F Kennedy was our president. You make it sound like just Bush was the problem once again..
Actually the line about Bush was a quote from the story Owner had linked too.Now I'm not saying Owner is fair and balanced....but blaming him for the line is akin to blaming Bush for the Cuba policy..

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RE: Hola Cuba! - 4/17/2009 4:08:35 PM   
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Dear Firetrine,

American policy in general has been one of supporting whomever is more convinient and that changing on a whim...however no planned economy has ever worked, even on this beautiful island of Cuba...otherwise the Soviet Union would still be around, intact...however I have to agree, Haiti is in worse shape....if I am not mistaken, the poorest in the Americas....

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RE: Hola Cuba! - 4/17/2009 5:17:10 PM   
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quote:

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I view this as a positive step forward and hope that eventually the differences between the two countries can be resolved and the embargo ended.


It was right when it started in Kennedy's term....now it's a different world.

Then we were all worried the commies would take over....now it's clear, as bad as our system is....it's still the shit.

Let's show the Cubans (who have been eager for a taste for decades)...."here's what can happen if you allow free trade...."

Open the doors gawdammit.

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RE: Hola Cuba! - 4/17/2009 5:39:46 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: Firetrine777

This forum seems mostly Americans, but here's a British view. The American attitude to Cuba has always seemed like an enormously powerful country persecuting a very small poor country- and the talk of lack of free elections etc in Cuba is hypocritical in the extreme, since US governments have more often than not supported the most horrible South American dictatorships, so long as they were right-wing. cuba has a poor economy for various different reasons- but I think Haiti's is a lot worse. You have to compare like with like.




Except for that little thing about Cuba letting the Soviet Union put nuclear missiles in a country 90 miles off our southern coast at the height of the Cold War.



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RE: Hola Cuba! - 4/17/2009 6:54:51 PM   
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The thaw gets warmer..

http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5jg9MLgTOoKINGqs9S2CWEy4ShF6QD97KI42G0

Trading their warmest words in a half-century, the United States and Cuba built momentum toward renewed ties on Friday, with President Barack Obama declaring he "seeks a new beginning" — including direct talks — with the island's communist regime. As leaders of the Americas gathered for a summit in this Caribbean nation, the head of the Organization of American States even said he'll ask his group to invite Cuba back after 47 years.


In a diplomatic exchange of the kind that normally takes months or years, Castro had responded within hours to Obama's policy changes this week. He extended Cuba's most open offer for talks since the Eisenhower administration, saying he's ready to discuss "human rights, freedom of the press, political prisoners — everything." Cuban officials have historically bristled at discussing human rights or political prisoners, of whom they hold about 200.

Gobama!

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RE: Hola Cuba! - 4/17/2009 8:27:23 PM   
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Actually this is nothing more than a political ploy. It should be quite obvious that Cuba's leadership will be changing very soon. It's well known that Fidel Castro has failing health, and his brother has been given the control for now. But he is no spring chicken either.

I think the US is making nice in an attempt to set up a near future government in Cuba that will be US friendly and perhaps even US controlled. Possibly even making Cuba a US possession or territory in the not too distant future.

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RE: Hola Cuba! - 4/17/2009 8:36:23 PM   
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You mean you want the "wait for Castro to die" strategy to finally pay off?.........lol

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RE: Hola Cuba! - 4/17/2009 8:45:48 PM   
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Why doesn't the murderous fucktard die already?  Cuban freedom can begin when Castro is gone.

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RE: Hola Cuba! - 4/17/2009 8:46:49 PM   
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You mean you want the "wait for Castro to die" strategy to finally pay off?.........lol


Maybe Spain will indict him for torture......

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RE: Hola Cuba! - 4/17/2009 8:49:35 PM   
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But the Chinese?   lol

The outrage ....selective.

The discomfiture...devine...

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RE: Hola Cuba! - 4/18/2009 9:37:49 AM   
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I remember reading about the embargo against Cuba in high school back in the seventies. Bush has been active in politics a long time. I thought from what I read that the embargo was put in place by a Democrat. You just cannot trust what you read in a school book.

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RE: Hola Cuba! - 4/18/2009 11:14:29 AM   
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Actually this is nothing more than a political ploy. It should be quite obvious that Cuba's leadership will be changing very soon. It's well known that Fidel Castro has failing health, and his brother has been given the control for now. But he is no spring chicken either.

I think the US is making nice in an attempt to set up a near future government in Cuba that will be US friendly and perhaps even US controlled. Possibly even making Cuba a US possession or territory in the not too distant future.


I think you are stretching just a bit.....

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RE: Hola Cuba! - 4/18/2009 2:32:30 PM   
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stretching it? perhaps, but we'll find out in the next few years

but ya gotta keep in mind that Miami is the capital of Cuba right now....lol

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RE: Hola Cuba! - 4/18/2009 4:48:10 PM   
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        I don't think a complete change of government system in Cuba is out of the question.  The time might be ripe.  I wouldn't mind trying a Cuban cigar. 

      Let's open a few cracks, and see if the whole damn thing doesn't fall.  God knows, what they have is crap.

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