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By: jamesbrown Wed, 14 Jul 2010 13:38:00 +0000 in fact its getting better with Cuba but its pity that us people cant enjoy Cuban cigars

By: Biki Fri, 26 Jun 2009 06:01:13 +0000 I don’t think now as Obama has won there will be any change in the U.S. trade embargo on Cuba. He has relaxed the restriction on travel to Cuba by people who has family in Cuba and money transfer to Cuba but that doesnot mean he wille ase the restriction on trade specially on things like Cuban cigar.

By: Anthony Sat, 25 Apr 2009 20:29:22 +0000 I am a southerner and they say that we are all living in the past down here. Well excuse me but the Cold War ended in 1991 and Cuba is no direct threat to the US. They have no human rights violations to compare to our biggest importer (china) which in itself is a Communist country so what is the problem? It was 47 years ago Barrack, Come on man get with the program.


By: Miko Wed, 08 Apr 2009 16:32:37 +0000 I am an african-american who loves latin music of all kind, especially traditional afro-cuban rumba; I play congas and to me, Cuba is a mecca of music. I think it is very unfair that Americans like me cannot travel to the island because of old cold war ideas. We can travel to China even though it is a communist country, so why not Cuba? Cuba, to me, is one of the very few places in the western hemisphere where you can find old african traditions that were passed down from Africa; it is, in that respect, a living time capsule, where you can glimpse into what 18th century african culture was like. I would love to go to Cuba for just 2 weeks out of the year and perfect my conga skills by learning from a great conguero in Matanzas. . . i would love to experience the strongest branch of my african heritage here in the western hemisphere. . .

By: END IT Mon, 09 Feb 2009 18:43:14 +0000 Cuba cannot and will not return the properties it expropriated after the revolution.

The Cuban voting bloc has too much sway over the electorate. They only make up .003% of the US population.

Cuba is a sovereign country that will change in due time from the inside out.

By: SJ Mon, 09 Feb 2009 18:35:53 +0000 Would ending the embargo stimulate the economy? We could market goods and services to them.

By: azuno rodriguez Wed, 31 Dec 2008 06:21:55 +0000 Cuba Embargo
Castro should have paid for the stolen properties
By: Azuno Rodríguez

“When an injustice is committed even against a single citizen the whole Country should stand firm to correct that injustice.
That’s a sign of greatness”

The embargo in and of itself, is simply the refusal of the Castro regime to pay US citizens compensation for their seized properties. Had Castro paid, there would never have been an embargo.
During 2008, in a typical anti-American display, the General Assembly of the United Nations voted, almost unanimously, for a resolution asking the USA to lift the Cuban Embargo. They made a gross mistake because they were asking the wrong government. They should have asked Cuba instead, which is actually the only government that could unilaterally lift the embargo.
Was the purpose of the UN vote to help Cuba rise from poverty through commerce with our Country? It is unanimously evident that we are such an economic and generous power that even though Cuba can trade with all the countries on the globe, that it would perish if unable to trade with the US; am I missing something? I know that we are the greatest Country on earth, but I didn’t know that we were greater than all the rest of the countries combined. Thanks to all UN members for holding us in that high regard. Obama listen to their clamor: no change.
One thing remains clear from that UN vote: The USA is the only country who cares about the human rights of the Cuban people.
At the risk of being repetitious, let’s review a little history for many who appeared to have forgotten: After Castro seized the property of US citizens without compensation in 1960, President Eisenhower was forced to cease commerce with Cuba and in February of 1962 President Kennedy enacted a commercial embargo against Cuba freezing their assets in the USA.
Then in 1960, realizing that much of the existing machinery and equipment on the island was American made and required spare parts from the US, the Cuban government called a meting of its technical personnel. Experts from the Soviet block were going to instruct Cubans how to stand up to the embargo that had just begun. Some thought the Communists could teach the Cubans how to build those spare parts. A Hungarian technical “expert” opened the meeting and said “all you have to do is: buy through a third country” that was the beginning and the end of the meeting. That is how Cuba has been circumventing the embargo. Today products made in Florida by Cuban-Americans can be purchased in Havana’s dollar stores.
The seizure of American properties in Cuba was brutal, hateful and infuriating. For example, when Castro seized the Moa Bay Mining Company, a subsidiary of the Freeport Sulphur Company of Louisiana, it represented an investment of almost 90 million dollars, doubling the Louisiana’s company’s assets. Prior, and during a span of five years, the Louisiana Company developed a new process for extracting nickel and cobalt from the ore of Moa and during 1960 they were starting production runs. The final product was to be refined in Freeport. Then, Castro’s agents came to town in 1960, and gave the Americans 24 hours to close the plant and leave the island.
I am still ashamed by how my country treated and dispossessed these people of their property and livelihood. Most anyone who witnessed this first-hand would have shed a tear. I know because I knew them. As an engineer at Moa Bay I worked everyday hand-in- hand alongside Americans and Cubans. Bear in mind that only a small percentage of the personnel were Americans, most of the employees were Cuban engineers and laborers; my countrymen were being economically and emotionally raped by Castro government. In addition, the closure of the plant crippled a small town that was thriving economically because of its proximity to Moa Bay.
The plant was closed for over a year. Then Guevara asked some of Moa’s engineers, including me to help re-open the plant. I refused and surreptitiously left the Country within days when I was accused a traitor by Che Guevara. When the plant finally opened there was no market for its product. The final product of the plant could only be refined in Freeport Louisiana. The plant was opened by Che Guevara for the sole purpose of teaching the Soviets the process we created of extraction of nickel and cobalt through a new revolutionary chemical process of which the Soviets didn’t know anything about. Even if just for this single transgression, the embargo should only be lifted if Castro himself financially compensates those honest hard working Americans that worked at Moa Bay, along with an apology accompanied with a plea of forgiveness. Anything less will be immoral and criminal..
During a meeting in Europe, a few years ago, a Spanish military officer asked a closed friend of mine, Humberto Esteve, the following question: “Why is it than the Cuban diplomatic corps want the embargo lifted and our intelligence sections inform us that the Cuban military does not want it lifted? Humberto didn’t have an answer.
Let’s be clear, neither the Executive nor Congress could, unilateral remove the effect of the embargo. If commerce is open with Cuba, the Courts will be flooded with demands and financial embargos by the citizens whose properties were stolen by the Castro’s barbaric regime, and, that, ladies and gentlemen will be a much worse embargo than the one in place now.
For us to lift the embargo prior to 1992 it would have been a travesty of justice, an insult to every American citizen that lost his properties without compensation and an act of disrespect for this Country. Castro could have lifted it by paying and apologizing for what they robbed and then we may have talked about doing business with them, otherwise tell them and those here that wanted it lifted to go to hell.
Thanks to the efforts of the Cuban-Americans in 1992 the embargo was enacted into law as the Cuban Democracy Act and in 1996 the Helms-Burton Act was passed by Congress. Both of these were enacted to help the political freedom of the Cuban people. It provided further restrictions on any American commerce benefiting the Castro Regime. Now if Cubans are granted total freedom you can be sure that Washington will accept the return of the stolen properties or will credit the new free government on the Island the money necessary to compensate the rightful owners. UN General Assembly it is the Cuban dictator move; not the USA.

Let’s make Cuba free

By: george Fri, 05 Dec 2008 08:40:25 +0000 America is in a recession and is in need of additional revenue streams. Lifting the embargo would create jobs and billions of dollars for both countries. Get over a 50 year ols resentment and bury the hatchet. Obama needs to do whats right for the people.

By: Vincent O'Callaghan Sat, 29 Nov 2008 17:22:25 +0000 I am just back from a vacation to Cuba, today 29/11/08. I am British & did a 2 week tour.Some of my travelling companions said that they came deliberately to try & reduce the effect of the embargo. The last week was at a resort with many natonalities.Canadian, British, Brazilian, Russian, Spanish, Mexican etc. The embargo is useless & just gives the government there an excuse for its failures.But worst still it s helping keep the population in poverty. While i was there the Chinese President had just left & the Russian President had just arrived.Has the US government heard of “cutting your nose off to spite you face”?