Cuban/Castro Politics

Re: Cuban/Castro Politics

Postby deja vu on Sat Mar 05, 2011 10:52 pm

An update on the gentleman:


American contractor Alan Gross was found guilty on Saturday of working to destabilize Cuba's communist government, Cuba's state-run television reported, and now faces up to 20 years behind bars in the latest blow to U.S.-Cuba relations.

A panel of judges reached the widely expected verdict after two days of testimony including a vigorous defense by Gross, and now must decide his sentence, which will come in a few days, the report said.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/41930253/ns ... -americas/


I think Castro will make a deal down the road. He just wants to anger the US for a while. after all this is just
a game to him.
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Re: Cuban/Castro Politics

Postby deja vu on Sat Apr 23, 2011 12:29 pm

I didn't realize that Cubans could not buy/sell houses or cars, just trade them.

There are some small changes ahead, and it's long over due. That closed door is opening a crack and I don't know if they can control how far that door will open once people get a taste of freedom.


http://www.cnn.com/2011/WORLD/americas/ ... l?iref=NS1
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Re: Cuban/Castro Politics

Postby dreamon on Sat May 14, 2011 5:23 pm

Cubans will be allowed to travel abroad as tourists for the first time in more than 50 years, the government of Raul Castro announced Monday while leaving details about the reform to be determined. The measure is one of 313 reforms approved by the Communist Party Congress in mid-April.


http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20110509/wl ... 0509181258


I would say it's about time, BUT unless the relatives send them the money for tickets they wont be boarding a plane any time soon. There is one question they are not addressing. Can an entire family travel off the Island without one being held hostage to guarantee the others return?

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Re: Cuban/Castro Politics

Postby deja vu on Tue Dec 20, 2011 6:34 pm

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The land is yours, BUT there is a catch. The difference is that this time the catch is helping the farmers not hurting them
as they did in the past.
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Re: Cuban/Castro Politics

Postby deja vu on Sun Feb 05, 2012 5:02 pm

HAVANA—Fidel Castro spent six hours presenting a two-volume memoir to an audience at a Havana convention centre, state media said Saturday. It was a rare appearance for the retired and increasingly reclusive former Cuban leader.

Images on state television showed a smiling, animated Castro wearing a dark track suit over a blue plaid button-up shirt.


http://www.thestar.com/news/world/artic ... age-memoir


From the mouth of Fidel. Coherent to boot or he's got a ghost writer that was paid a lot of cash to put up with him. I figured the book would be an endless rant and it appears to be the opposite. Unfortunately he needed a 6 hour rant to introduce the 2 volumes. Some things just never change when it comes to him.
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Re: Cuban/Castro Politics

Postby harmony on Sun Feb 05, 2012 11:26 pm

Is that the person Chavez and Putin copy in style for their own programs--hours of self-talking?

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Re: Cuban/Castro Politics

Postby deja vu on Wed May 16, 2012 9:21 pm

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http://www.ottawacitizen.com/news/Daugh ... story.html


What is the big deal with her being at this seminar and speaking? It's not political in any way so why cause a fuss over it. If it was one of the Brothers then maybe have issue, but it's a daughter who no one in the US has really heard of. If the press hadn't reported it she would have spoken and left without attracting attention.
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Re: Cuban/Castro Politics

Postby deja vu on Sun Feb 24, 2013 6:29 pm

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http://ca.news.yahoo.com/cuban-leader-r ... 13245.html


Fidel, Fidel, Fidel, everything Fidel 24/7, until Raul took over. Now he has announced he will step down in 2018. I guess he is tired of being the puppet for his brother. No one really believes Fidel gave up complete control. He's just staying in the background and his brother is the face of Cuban politics.

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Re: Cuban/Castro Politics

Postby alohasand on Tue Feb 26, 2013 5:09 pm

The octogenarians might not see five more years. Depends on health, activities and general other things "left to do" while still alive. Savvy move to indicate the next person in charge is three decades younger.

If Cuba did not have its beaches and climate attracting tourists, how long do you think the Cuban way of life would last without Western imports/influence? Lot less than five years.
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Re: Cuban/Castro Politics

Postby southernfry on Sun Feb 21, 2016 6:41 pm

U.S. President Barack Obama's announcement that he will make a historic visit to Cuba in March marks another step in the normalization of relations between the two countries — and once again raises questions about how the Canadian tourism experience in Cuba could change.

On Tuesday, the U.S. and Cuba signed an agreement to restore American commercial flights to the Caribbean country for the first time since the two nations became estranged 50 years ago. During those five decades, Canada has been one of Cuba's main sources of tourism.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/obama-cub ... -1.3453183

This has to go slowly or it will be back to the days of Mafia, drugs, prostitutes, gambling and all the other destructive items that forced the issue with Castro. Cubans want to keep their culture, not turn back the clock and lose their identities all over again.

They moved in and it was out of reach for the majority of Cubans, a sad chapter and it should just not happen. Be tourists, but it is Cuba, not another territory of the US. Sure it needs a lot of repairs, the island has a lot of buildings in rough shape that Canada and Europe have been shoring up or rebuilding. It doesn't need to return to a version of Las Vegas south.
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