90 Miles from the United States Border, Communism is on America's Doorstep
Time to Free Cuba and Rid our Hemisphere of Communism
July 24, 2021
Helen Yaffe is a lecturer in economic and social history at the University of Glasgow, specializing in Cuban and Latin American development, and a visiting fellow of the LSE Latin America and Caribbean Centre. She is the author of Che Guevara: The Economics of Revolution and co-author with Gavin Brown of Youth Activism and Solidarity: the Non-Stop Picket against Apartheid. Her book We Are Cuba! How a Revolutionary People Have Survived in a Post-Soviet World was published in 2020 by Yale University Press. An excerpt:
"Yes, Castro presided over mistakes and errors in Cuba’s planned economy. Yes, there is bureaucracy, low productivity, liquidity crisis, debt and numerous other problems – but where aren’t there? Castro pointed to these weaknesses in his own speeches to the Cuban people. But President Correa is right – to objectively judge Castro’s legacy, Cuban development and contemporary reforms today, we cannot pretend that the US blockade – which remains today despite rapprochement – has not shaped the Cuban economy."
Helen's article goes much further. And it is these irresponsible intellectuals who have no concept of what the people of Cuba have endured. Has she lived there for a month? Not a chance, but wow does she know everything about what Cuba has suffered. That's why Cuba Wins must proceed, because the media worldwide is so out of control.
July 22, 2021
Benjamin Powell, The Hill :"The best way to support Cuban protesters is ending the embargo"
Thanks Benjamin, your brilliance overwhelms us. Check out our Daily Pages on Life in Cuba. Can you see the difference in why we think the way we do?
Fran Jack Daniel, Reuters
HAVANA (Reuters) - A touch of self-deprecating humor, along with prosperous allies, is helping Cuba shrug off a U.S. trade embargo it has blamed for decades for its economic woes and brandished as proof of Washington’s “inhumanity.”
Since taking over from his brother Fidel three years ago, President Raul Castro has poked fun at a Cuban tendency to blame all the country’s problems on the American sanctions, while focusing the government more on domestic problems.
“Without denying the negative implications the U.S. blockade has had, and still has, on Cuba’s economy and society, we cannot keep attributing all the country’s problems to it,” said Luis Suarez of Havana’s Higher Institute of International Relations.
This guy for Reuters actually got it right. A big star for a common sense discussion of Cuba. If only there were more.
July 20, 2021.
"On December 17, 2014, President Barack Obama announced that Washington would seek to restore diplomatic relations with Cuba after more than half a century of antagonism — an animosity that lingered for decades even after the fall of the Berlin Wall and the end of the Cold War. His administration had signaled early on its willingness to engage the island, but few expected such a dramatic shift in such a short period of time: nine months after the announcement, the U.S. flag was flying again outside the reopened U.S. embassy in Havana, and in March 2016, Obama became the first sitting U.S. president to visit Cuba since 1928.
Rapprochement was long overdue given the blatant failure of the previous U.S. policy in bringing about democracy in Cuba through economic sanctions and diplomatic isolation. Polls also showed widespread support for normalization: ahead of President Obama’s historic trip, 58 percent of Americans said they favored the diplomatic thaw. Even a majority of Cuban‐Americans expressed in different surveys their opposition to continuing the embargo. More significantly, 97 percent of Cubans on the island — the people who are supposedly the ultimate beneficiaries of U.S. policy — support normalization, according to an April 2015 Washington Post poll.
Beyond restoring diplomatic ties, in the last two years, many things have changed in the relationship between the United States and Cuba: dozens of commercial flights per day have been authorized, as well as cruise ships and ferries; Americans are allowed to travel practically without constraints to the once‐forbidden island, and hundreds of thousands are doing so every year; U.S. tourists can now use their credit and debit cards in Cuba; limits on remittances have been lifted, and the money can now be directed to the development of private businesses; U.S. citizens are permitted to trade with authorized independent Cuban businesspeople; and U.S. telecommunication firms are also allowed to sell services to the island. Exercising its executive authority, the Obama administration went as far as it could in relaxing many economic sanctions. However, U.S. companies are still prevented from most commerce and investment in Cuba. Lifting those outstanding prohibitions is a prerogative of Congress."
I wonder what CATO policy makers are saying now. 7 years ago, Obama re-opened the island to many U.S. relationships. Today, we are on the verge of a revolution. How does CATO explain?
July 17, 2021
"For sixty years, the United States has aimed to strangle Cuba’s economy and inflict misery on the Cuban people. Blockades are methods of war — and it’s time for the war on Cuba to end."
Thanks Branko. If America was at war with Cuba, it would have been over in a week. What a weak, pointless waste of time your article is.
"Appeasing Cuba’s Regime Didn’t Work. The Biden administration should learn from the failures of the Obama administration"
Credit where credit is due. Michael and Mario from the WSJ, actually got it right.
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