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Economic War With Cuba
Thursday, September 29, 2005 By: Juan Paxety
That's what fidel's boy says
Did you know that the U.S. is engaged in an economic war against Cuba? That's what one of fidel's yapping dogs says, according to MSNBC.
Vice Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla lamented the effects of the embargo, which has been steadily strengthened under President Bush and prohibits virtually all trade between the two countries except for the sale of some U.S. food and medicine to the communist-run island.
“We are talking about an economic war against our country,” Rodriguez said Tuesday. “It is unfounded, unfair, and, moreover, deeply illegal.”
The Cubans say 115,050 Cuban-Americans visited relatives on the island in 2003 - only 57,145 last year. 85,809 other Americans visited in 2003 - only 51,027 last year. The Cubans released the report just before a UN vote on the embargo.
The U.N. General Assembly has condemned the embargo for 13 straight years and urged the United States to end it. Last year’s U.N. resolution was approved by a 179-4 vote, with only the United States, Israel, Marshall Islands and Palau opposed.
A lot of Cuban-Americans, maybe even most, support the embargo - or think it should be tightened. Some, though, oppose parts of it. Read Charlie Bravo's take at killcastro blog - he grew up in Cuba before escaping to the U.S.