How is Cuba still standing?

Jul 2012
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Somewhere
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On January,1 1959 the Cuban Revolution came to an end and Fidel Castro took over. From April 17-19, 1961 the Bay of Pigs Invasion happend and failed. Fidel Castro then cut off trade with the United States sending Cuba into a huge economic fall. When the Soviet Union fell in 1991 Cuba had not big allie left. I still don't get why won't they open to the United States
 

Angelica

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Dec 2011
2,744
Angel City
#3
This system of governance is causing more harm than good for its people. This long resentment is working against them no wonder many are risking their lives in search of freedom and a better way of life.
 
Jun 2012
40
Tennessee
#4
The United States is the main perpetrator of the embargo.

Credit must be given to Castro. He has kept the country afloat for 50 years, while it is not a superpower and there are instances of severe poverty. Cuba is not in as terrible shape as it could be.

Also, consideration must be given to the island. Cuba is able to produce more than say a North Korea. Also, the United States is really the only place that has a harsh embargo on Cuba. Places in South America are very large trade partners. Also I know there is a big tourism industry with tourists from Europe and Canada.
 

infestør

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Jan 2012
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On January,1 1959 the Cuban Revolution came to an end and Fidel Castro took over. From April 17-19, 1961 the Bay of Pigs Invasion happend and failed. Fidel Castro then cut off trade with the United States sending Cuba into a huge economic fall. When the Soviet Union fell in 1991 Cuba had not big allie left. I still don't get why won't they open to the United States
They won't open because it's easier for Castro to keep the same old thing going than to risk genuine change. After all, look at what genuine change did to the Soviet Union.....
This system of governance is causing more harm than good for its people. This long resentment is working against them no wonder many are risking their lives in search of freedom and a better way of life.
the reality is opposite of what you believe. it is the usa that sanctioned them harshly (and still does).
cuba is not like other island nations, that is to say it's not a banana republic. cubans are nationalists and really love their country. that's why it didn't bite the dust like the rest of the ex-socialist countries after the fall of ussr. they are also not a batshit insane country like north korea that claims to be socialist which in fact has nothing to do with it.
they exist and will continue to exist despite their gigantic neighbor is trying to finish them off. if they didn't yield during periodo especial youse can be sure as hell that they will not yield to years come.
 
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Because you might wanna cut back on the USA centric kool-aid and see that while there are plenty of negatives in the Castro-era Cuba, there have also been enough positives that kept it going.
 
Nov 2011
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The Dustbin, formerly, Garden of England
#9
But Cuban communism is so-oo cool. Those khaki fatigues, clouds of cigar smoke, rum, coke and lime juice on the terrace of an old crumbling Spanish colonial building where Hemmingway got pissed out of his mind; jinteras and socialist salsa emerging as the sun is dipping down over Havana Bay. Beats cabbage stew, six months of snow, rusty tractors, little red books and women who looked like Kruschchev in a wig, doesn't it?
 

larkin

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Sep 2009
3,698
#10
This system of governance is causing more harm than good for its people. This long resentment is working against them no wonder many are risking their lives in search of freedom and a better way of life.
Not to disparage your comment but the story is much broader..


I am stunned...You guys must get all your information from CNN or FOXNews, Your comments reflect the very narrow American point of view, (America=good, Cuba=bad.)

There is the historical element. Ever hear of Fulgencio Batista? or the dictators that preceded him?

Have you studied the Spanish War?

Afterward 1899 the governments were hand-picked by US interests.

Watch Godfather II. Although it was fictional it mimicked an actual event.. There really was a solid gold telephone.

At the beginning of 1959 United States companies owned about 40 percent of the Cuban sugar lands – almost all the cattle ranches – 90 percent of the mines and mineral concessions – 80 percent of the utilities – practically all the oil industry – and supplied two-thirds of Cuba's imports.
These interests want reparations adjusted for inflation and this is what stands in the way of normalization..

However, it was their wholesale exploitation that was impoverishing the population and ultimately caused the revolution. By throwing the Americans out, there was absolutely middle ground for compromise and there isn't today.

The Cubans living today in Florida were heirs to huge Spanish land grants. They entered into partnership with American companies and they left the country with their bank accounts. It was this group that were a main force to organize the ill-fated Bay of Pigs invasion along with Allan Dulles and the CIA.

I don't support communism but I can't support hypocrisy.
 
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