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Cuba bolsters food rations to counter shortages

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posted on Oct, 8 2008 @ 05:12 PM
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Cuba bolsters food rations to counter shortages


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Fruits and vegetables are getting hard to find across Cuba after hurricanes wiped out crops, but the government is tapping food reserves to bolster the monthly food ration that Cubans have received for decades.

It said it would step up imports when needed to make sure no one goes hungry, a situation that could arise by December when diplomats estimate Cuba's reserves will run out.

A survey of major cities and the hardest-hit provinces found that supplies of vegetables and fruits had dried up, even in the usually well-supplied black market. But starches and proteins could still be found with an effort
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posted on Oct, 8 2008 @ 05:12 PM
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You've got to wonder, as the economy of the world continues to erode, at what point do we finally say that philosphical differences between the forms of government pale in comparison to economic partnership building and drop the trade sanctions on Cuba? Think about it, the Cubans want and need US goods... the US always wants new trade partners... Cuba's current top trading partner is Venezuela & their little dictator Hugo Chavez. What better way to slam a giant middle finger into Chavez' face than by supplanting him as Cuba's top trading partner and building a working relationship with the Cubans again?

It's an overdue policy shift that would almost certainly benefit both sides. We could also finally have the Cuban government working with us on issues like refugees and drug smuggling, instead of against us. Seems like a sensible time to bury the hatchet... which is also probably a primary reason it won't happen as our government doesn't seem to do anything 'sensible' anymore.

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