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Posted September 18, 2008 by publisher in Castro's Cuba

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Here is an article from Granma. Sounds like a Cuban government organized effort to get the Embargo lifted (something we know Fidel actually does not want to happen) but maybe now he/the government has no choice.

Are Fidel and Raul actually desperate enough to really want the Embargo lifted? How much will the old Cuban exiles fight back against what seems to be an international call for at least relaxing of the sanctions?

Meanwhile the Cuban people continue to suffer.


Intellectuals in 30 countries demand an end to the blockade on Cuba

In less than 24 hours more than 1,000 intellectuals from Latin America, the United States, Europe and Africa have signed an appeal circulated by their Cuban colleagues, expressing solidarity and demanding an end to the U.S. blockade of Cuba.

The message, which is circulating on the Internet, notes that Cuba was dramatically impacted by two powerful hurricanes recently, and that its people are demanding an immediate halt to the odious blockade that has been maintained against Cuba by successive U.S. administrations for almost 50 years.

The appeal to the world from a large group of Cuban artists and intellectuals has become a website, ConCubaHoy.cult.cu and anyone in the world can access it.

Artists from a total of 30 countries, including Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Venezuela, Italy, France, Greece, Australia, the United Kingdom, South Africa and other nations have signed the appeal to date, and they include philosophers, actors, novelists, journalists and jurists.

“We are appealing to the sensitivity of intellectuals and artists all over the world to demand an immediate end of the criminal U.S. blockade and to promote actions of solidarity and help for Cuba,” the appeal says.

What the island is asking for is a human right, not charity, said outstanding dancer Alicia Alonso, director of the National Ballet of Cuba, referring to the appeal.

Translated by Granma International

  1. Follow up post #1 added on September 19, 2008 by cubanpete with 127 total posts

    Embargo?  What embargo?  The USA is already one of Cuba’s top trading partners.  The embargo myth has long been used by regime apologists to explain Cuba’s economic woes, while ignoring the economic incompetence of Cuba’s leadership.  The USA is not the centre of the universe and there is no shortage of other potential trading partners in the world.  Cuba’s problem is that its suppliers expect to be paid as agreed to for goods provided.  However, Cuba now has a deadbeat credit history.  Hence, any supplier is now going to deal with Cuba on a strictly cash basis.  Japan recently had to cut trade links with Cuba not because of any embargo, but because of Cuba’s failure to service debts.

    For change (cambio) we can believe in.

  2. Follow up post #2 added on September 19, 2008 by publisher with 3905 total posts

    Right. That’s kinda what I’m saying.

    Cuba blames the Embargo but now they want it lifted? Must be a sign of weakness inside the Cuban government.

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  3. Follow up post #3 added on September 19, 2008 by publisher with 3905 total posts

    and just reading Cuba: US embargo biggest obstacle for recovery article.


    Aren’t there dozens of countries that can help Cuba but somehow the US is hindering the recovery?

    Sure. Raul. Sure.

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  4. Follow up post #4 added on September 19, 2008 by publisher with 3905 total posts

    “The economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed during 50 years by the United States is the main obstacle to Cuba’s development,” Perez Roque said,”

    No. That would be Fidel Castro, communism and failure to pay your debts.

    THOSE are the main obstacles to Cuba’s development.

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  5. Follow up post #5 added on September 19, 2008 by manfredz with 464 total posts

    I wont try to deny that the blocade has made it a bit harder for cuba, but lets just use East and West German back in teh communist days as a comparison.
    Ratehr than an embargo against teh communist east Germany, West Germany was pouring billions into it each year - yet East Germany was as dismal if not more so than Cuba.
    Communism is great, in my opinion, when the vast majority of your population is living as peasants - think it helped Cuba back in 1959.
    But everywhere its been tried, in my opinion, once the basics have been established, it holds back progress and stagnation sets in. It doesnt have to be the cutthroat capilalism we have, but numerous major countries int eh world have a social state which both provides a social blanket and still promotes freedom, democracy as well.

  6. Follow up post #6 added on September 19, 2008 by Ernesto

    Castro wants the End of the embargo but every single day says something bad about the American Government.  If you want your neighbor to be good to you, you need to start being good to your neighbor.  Castro’s biggest goal in his life was an American invasion to the Island.  That never happened.  The Cubans in Miami has been waiting for years for an American invasion.  That never happened.  It is ironic that Castro that nationalized all the American properties and business in 1960 now he really expects America to lift the Embargo.  Castro is a shame for Cuba, He’s portrait is already next to the big Cuban dictator of the XX century: Machado, Batista and Castro.  The Three heroes.

  7. Follow up post #7 added on September 20, 2008 by MiamiCuban

    I don’t see it as a sign of weakness at all.  I think Cuba is simply ready to make certain changes within their overall structure, and now, more than ever, the embargo is an impediment to whatever projects they have in mind.  I don’t know why anti-Cuba, embargo supporters have to complicate things so much.  Just lift the damn thing and let Cubans (in Cuba) chart their own destiny.

  8. Follow up post #8 added on September 20, 2008 by publisher with 3905 total posts

    Now would be a good time for Raul to release all the political prisoners to Cubans can chart their own destiny.

    You understand that Cubans have NEVER been able to chart their own destiny in Cuba under Fidel.

    You know that, right?

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  9. Follow up post #9 added on September 21, 2008 by MiamiCuban

    Cubans work within the framework of the Socialist system, and within that system they make the necessary changes that benefit their society as a whole—-and those changes do come from the people—-who take an active part in local government in order to effect change.  If you compare the Cuba of today to the Cuba of the early years of the revolution, you have to come to the conclusion that they’ve been moving towards a more open society (religious freedoms, the rights of homosexuals, to name a few).  Take note—just as Cubans have to work within the socialist system that’s in place, in America we too have to work within the capitalist system that’s in place here.  I highly doubt a third party can step in to “chart a new destiny” and replace capitalism with something else.  Even with the horrific problems that millions of Americans are facing with healthcare, no politician is going to tamper with capitalism in a serious way.

  10. Follow up post #10 added on September 21, 2008 by publisher with 3905 total posts

    Sounds like you would be very happy living in Cuba.

    Let’s call it what it is please, a communist dictatorship, okay? France is a socialist system, not Cuba.

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  11. Follow up post #11 added on September 21, 2008 by manfredz with 464 total posts

    in some ways cuba’s socialist system is far better than, say france’s for example.  But the cost is way too high - too much power concentrated in too few with the masses being unable to change things that the majority want changed.

  12. Follow up post #12 added on September 23, 2008 by MiamiCuban

    Manfredz, your assessment is realistic and open-minded as far as looking at the issue in a broader sense.  I think that comparing one country’s political system to another’s is comparing apples to oranges.  What works for country A may not work for country B.  And let’s face it, there are many shades of gray between the contraries of socialism and capitalism.

  13. Follow up post #13 added on September 23, 2008 by manfredz with 464 total posts

    but still the political/economical system in cuba isnt working and never has. Still the country has, up until recently, been unwilling to tweak the economic model and is still unwilling to tweak the political model.
    Mind you, most Cubans that I’ve been able to get into a deeper discussion with (and those are very few) don’t sem to have a major issue with the political system, but only the economic model.  In fact i don’t think I talked to a single person who was content with the economic model, despite the fact that almost all I have contact with have CUCs coming in regularly.

    I only support the communist model to be most efficient way of bringing up the standard of the masses as they were in Russia in 1918 or even Cuba in 1959 - and even then I have major problems with it because as it has been practiced, it has caused a lot of life and suffering to too many people and also because the system is not prepared to let go of a tight dictatorial hold once the masses are no longer a starving uneducated people.
    Anyway thats my 2 centavos worth.

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