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Cuba: there are more political currents there than you might think

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    Is anyone interested in a discussion on Cuba? I can give you some information on it, and raise a couple of questions which might be of interest to people here ... but don't want to take up space if people are interested in other issues right now.

    But ... just to whet your interest, may I suggest that you have a look at a remarkable Cuban on-line newspaper, available in both English and Spanish, written by people living in Cuba: The Havana Times

    You might get the impression that Cubans are divided between those who love Fidel Castro's government, and those who would like to drown it in blood (mainly living in Miami). This is not so. Look thru the newspaper mentioned above -- I think people here will find it interesting.

    I've just returned from a three-week vacation there and have gotten interested in the subject. Now that President Obama has done the right thing, Cuba is going to change, and I think it will be for the better. And we can play a role in this: exactly how, is what I'd like to discuss.

  • Independent
    Ft.myers, FL
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    Doug, sorry but we should not play a role in this!! Anytime the US "meddles" in something, things get screwed up; look around you; any country which we "touched" became a mess; except may be Vietnam who had a chance to run their own country after we ruined it. With the US it is always: What can we gain from it "money" wise; not what the people want, only what suits us and our billionaires, lobbyists and politicians. Thus my recommendation is "hands off" for the US.
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    Dutch: I have obviously been unclear. By 'we' I don't mean the US Government! I completely agree with you -- it should stop trying to meddle in Cuban affairs. (It wouldn't hurt, though, to try to compensate Cuba for some of the damage it's done to that country, but that's too much to hope for right now.)

    Even if the intent were good -- which it's probably not -- it turns everything potentially-good that it touches to ashes. Case in point: funding, and otherwise overtly supporting, Cuban dissidents. There are plenty of people in Cuba, at all levels of society, who want things to change (and, of course, people in powerful positions who will resist this). What they don't need is being branded as "agents of the US".

    By "we" I meant ordinary citizens, of whatever nationality. Our responsibility to our fellow human beings doesn't end at our frontiers.

    For example, if you're a member of a professional association, such as a teacher's union, you should learn about how you could invite some Cubans to your next conference. Better yet, you should go to Cuba yourself! (And given where you live, you could practically swim there!)

    And learn more about it. A good start would be these reports from Al Jazeera, here and here. (And of course The Havana Times, as mentioned above.)

  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    Pensacola, FL
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    Doug1943, Interesting and I have been seeing some shows from Cuba about American Cars. I am for helping people anywhere but first and foremost I think we need to redirect our attention and priority to the declining situation of most of the American Citizenry. More killings and violence are historically linked to economic conditions. Make life better here and it may have a domino effect.
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    Ft.myers, FL
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    Chet Ruminski Wrote: Doug1943, Interesting and I have been seeing some shows from Cuba about American Cars. I am for helping people anywhere but first and foremost I think we need to redirect our attention and priority to the declining situation of most of the American Citizenry. More killings and violence are historically linked to economic conditions. Make life better here and it may have a domino effect.
    Yes Chet, I'm afraid that we will "export" our bad things first. like "guns" and "junk food" as well "greed"