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Old 01-23-2014, 06:07 AM
 
Location: Vegas
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Got the link from Fausta's blog but it shows the true state of Havana without government censorship. I never fully supported the embargo but this makes me shake my head in sorrow. Link @ La Habana sin filtros | Diario de Cuba

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Old 01-23-2014, 08:16 AM
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The US is the only country with an embargo against Cuba. I always wonder why can't Cuba import the doors, paint, nails, etc from the rest of the world. They managed to become one of the top 4 tourist destinations in the Caribbean, despite the US embargo, with modern and luxurious resorts. If they can do that with the embargo, then I think the actual embargo explains little of the decay in Havana and other Cuban cities. I guess many people don't want to accept that Cuba's misery is much more the product of its economic/political system than the embargo from one country.
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Old 01-23-2014, 08:51 AM
 
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Thanks for pointing that out.

They've just lifted the ban on buying new cars and I wonder where they're buying them from.

Wonder how many will continue to living like the picture while driving sparkling new cars?
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Old 01-23-2014, 09:02 AM
 
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The US is the only country with an embargo against Cuba. I always wonder why can't Cuba import the doors, paint, nails, etc from the rest of the world. They managed to become one of the top 4 tourist destinations in the Caribbean, despite the US embargo, with modern and luxurious resorts. If they can do that with the embargo, then I think the actual embargo explains little of the decay in Havana and other Cuban cities. I guess many people don't want to accept that Cuba's misery is much more the product of its economic/political system than the embargo from one country.
Distance is one. Cuba is right in our backyard. If the embargo ends, you could guarantee that the private interest in the US will flock to Cuba for investments.
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Old 01-23-2014, 10:13 AM
 
Location: Poshawa, Ontario
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Got the link from Fausta's blog but it shows the true state of Havana without government censorship. I never fully supported the embargo but this makes me shake my head in sorrow. Link @ La Habana sin filtros | Diario de Cuba
I have been to Havana and while it is not a place I have a burning desire to return to, I have to say that American perceptions of it a more than a little biased.

The urban decay of Havana is nothing when you compare it to places like Detroit... And Mo'town is rotting away embargo-free in the grand ol' USA. Try looking at your own country with the same critical eye you use on others. Seriously, do you think this looks any better than the photo posted above?

In other words: People who live in glass houses shouldn't throw cinder blocks.
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Old 01-23-2014, 11:11 AM
 
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The urban decay of Havana is nothing when you compare it to places like Detroit...
Been to both places and you can't be serious.
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Old 01-23-2014, 11:33 AM
 
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Distance is one. Cuba is right in our backyard. If the embargo ends, you could guarantee that the private interest in the US will flock to Cuba for investments.
Not to mention the Cuban diaspora abroad may return to Cuba and help to further restore and rebuild.

It will be interesting to see where relations between Cuba and the USA are headed in the near future.
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Old 01-23-2014, 11:35 AM
 
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The US is the only country with an embargo against Cuba. I always wonder why can't Cuba import the doors, paint, nails, etc from the rest of the world. They managed to become one of the top 4 tourist destinations in the Caribbean, despite the US embargo, with modern and luxurious resorts. If they can do that with the embargo, then I think the actual embargo explains little of the decay in Havana and other Cuban cities. I guess many people don't want to accept that Cuba's misery is much more the product of its economic/political system than the embargo from one country.
I think that Cuba and the USA are strange bed love partners behind the scenes. And Cuba needs the USA more than the USA needs Cuba
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Old 01-23-2014, 01:47 PM
 
Location: Viña del Mar, Chile
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The US is the only country with an embargo against Cuba. I always wonder why can't Cuba import the doors, paint, nails, etc from the rest of the world. They managed to become one of the top 4 tourist destinations in the Caribbean, despite the US embargo, with modern and luxurious resorts. If they can do that with the embargo, then I think the actual embargo explains little of the decay in Havana and other Cuban cities. I guess many people don't want to accept that Cuba's misery is much more the product of its economic/political system than the embargo from one country.

I hope the US doesn't end the embargo until the regime changes. I don't want to support a government that completely ruins the lives of its citizens.
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Old 01-23-2014, 02:12 PM
 
Location: Hougary, Texberta
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I hope the US doesn't end the embargo until the regime changes. I don't want to support a government that completely ruins the lives of its citizens.
Let me know when one of those manifests anywhere in the world...
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