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White House Factsheet - Cuba

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posted on Apr, 13 2009 @ 03:33 PM
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White House Factsheet - Cuba


www.nytimes.com

The White House announced that it is abandoning longstanding restrictions on family travel, remittances and gifts to Cuba, and is also taking steps to open up telecommunications with the island, a significant shift in policy that fulfills a promise President Obama made during his election campaign. Following is a fact sheet provided by the White House:
(visit the link for the full news article)




posted on Apr, 13 2009 @ 03:33 PM
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OMG...

OK first we want to open up a dialogue with Iran and now Castro? If Obama isn't showing that he has Socialist/Communist leanings and Dictatorial ambitions I don't know what will.

This would be a wonderful thing (I love Cuba as place to visit as a tourist BUT) if it wasn't saddled with the notion that Cuba is in some way actually changing it's regime's longstanding human rights violations against it's own citizens.

How far is too far when looking the other way?

www.nytimes.com
(visit the link for the full news article)



posted on Apr, 13 2009 @ 03:35 PM
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Mmm, I see, so Nixon was a communist when he opened dialogue with China.

And look what's happened since, we became communists.



posted on Apr, 13 2009 @ 03:47 PM
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Your American's fear of socialism is so funny..

Did you know that China, before it became a capitalist country like America,
provided excellent and completely free health care to all its citizens? Before
the American way of life corrupted the world, many countries were far better
places to live in. Now the canyon between rich and poor is increasing pretty
much everywhere.

The free market and capitalism are the worst catastrophes that have ever
happened to human society in this age. You people don't seem to see the
difference between autocracy and socialism.

Autocracy is bad, capitalism is bad, free market is bad.. socialism is good!
Many of the countries you label communist countries, are in fact autocratic,
not communist. But because the notion that a government should look after
its people has been so poisoned by the media, and you people can't seem to
think for yourselves anymore, you all seem to think your way of life is good,
and that it should continue to spread across the world.

Please wake up..

The situation in this world is obviously not the fault of American citizens,
and even your government, as well as the British government; the two
governments who are responsible, are under the control of the ruling family.
But your duty is to see through the lies and recognize the truth, so you don't
end up actually supporting this rotten state of affairs on Earth.

[edit on (13/4/09) by Wehali]



posted on Apr, 13 2009 @ 05:59 PM
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Originally posted by Wehali
Your American's fear of socialism is so funny..

Did you know that China, before it became a capitalist country like America, provided excellent and completely free health care to all its citizens? Before the American way of life corrupted the world, many countries were far better places to live in. Now the canyon between rich and poor is increasing pretty much everywhere.
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This is nothing more than lies.

China was never good for it's people, people have been indoctrinated in China ever since it became Communist, and China has policies that were active since they became Communist which include, Capital Death for people who evaded Taxes, Capital Death for being Too Democratic, Capital Death for being religious, and even have had Capital Death for the good of the people, or i should say for the good of the Communist Party.

Communism, and it's associated Socialist programs are bad, have always been bad, and will always be bad for the people.

Many of those countries which some people claim are completely Socialist in Europe, are a mix between Capitalism, Socialism, and Religious morals.

Communism, through True Socialism has been the worse form of government ever invented, and it has murdered more people than all World Wars combined, without counting deaths in battle, and through this form of government more people have been imprisoned just for having different ideals than the Communist regimes.

Either you have never experienced the truth of Communism, or you are another person in this world who tries to deny the history of Communism and True Socialism.

It is you, and others like you who need to wake up.



With this understood, the Soviet Union appears the greatest megamurderer of all, apparently killing near 61,000,000 people. Stalin himself is responsible for almost 43,000,000 of these. Most of the deaths, perhaps around 39,000,000 are due to lethal forced labor in gulag and transit thereto. Communist China up to 1987, but mainly from 1949 through the cultural revolution, which alone may have seen over 1,000,000 murdered, is the second worst megamurderer. Then there are the lesser megamurderers, such as North Korea and Tito's Yugoslavia.

Obviously the population that is available to kill will make a big difference in the total democide, and thus the annual percentage rate of democide is revealing. By far, the most deadly of all communist countries and, indeed, in this century by far, has been Cambodia under the Khmer Rouge. Pol Pot and his crew likely killed some 2,000,000 Cambodians from April 1975 through December 1978 out of a population of around 7,000,000. This is an annual rate of over 8 percent of the population murdered, or odds of an average Cambodian surviving Pol Pot's rule of slightly over just over 2 to 1.

In sum the communist probably have murdered something like 110,000,000, or near two-thirds of all those killed by all governments, quasi-governments, and guerrillas from 1900 to 1987. Of course, the world total itself it shocking. It is several times the 38,000,000 battle-dead that have been killed in all this century's international and domestic wars. Yet the probable number of murders by the Soviet Union alone--one communist country-- well surpasses this cost of war. And those murders of communist China almost equal it.

www.hawaii.edu...



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posted on Apr, 13 2009 @ 06:07 PM
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How long do you suppose it will be before Brother Castro is sleeping in the Lincoln Bedroom??


After all, we all wanted change!



posted on Apr, 13 2009 @ 06:07 PM
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ElectricUniverse,

What you write, only makes sense if you ignore the rest of my post.

But I guess that's why you ignored it.

Mao's China and Stalin's Sovjet Union, were not communist regimes,
they were autocracies, dictatorships. They had nothing to do with real
socialism or communism. My point was that capitalism caused the
living conditions of the general Chinese citizen, to become far worse
than it has ever been. I didn't say their living conditions were ideal,
but now they are even worse, and that counts for every single country
who adopted the American way of government: free market, capitalism
and your twisted version of democracy. Any influence the voter has in
this system, is entirely fictional.

[edit on (13/4/09) by Wehali]



posted on Apr, 13 2009 @ 06:23 PM
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Originally posted by Wehali
ElectricUniverse,

What you write, only makes sense if you ignore the rest of my post.

But I guess that's why you ignored it.


I did not ignore the rest of your post at all, i just excerpted part of your post, because it is against ATS policy to excerpt a long article, or a response...

You are doing nothing more than trying to propagate the same Communist dogma that other Communist used to indoctrinate people into believing their lies.

Communism, through True Socialism has always oppressed people.

Now Capitalism is being dismantled by generations of leftists who have no idea, nor experience on what True Socialism, and Communism is, and what it does to the people, and the country that becomes Communist.

I was born and lived through Communism, and it's indoctrination which starts since early childhood, to accept the Communist programs, and which are slowly being implemented in the United States.

The same thing happened with Chavez, many people were claiming he was not Communist meanwhile people who have lived through Communism could clearly see that the programs and the rethoric he was implementing in Venezuela were all Communist.

Now, after a couple years of having consolidated his power, Chavez has declared that he is a Communist, and now the same thing seems to be repeating in the United States of America, which is not going to be good for the regular American people.

The new programs being implemented in the Republic by the present administration are transforming the nation either into a National Socialist regime, similar to 1930s Germany, or worse, a Communist regime.

This is the way that TPTB will grab the approval of the people at the beginning, by regurgitating the same lies that Communists used to "CHANGE" their country, and when it is too late people will finally see what they allowed to happen.



[edit on 13-4-2009 by ElectricUniverse]



posted on Apr, 13 2009 @ 06:44 PM
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I am a pretty darned conservative Texan. My political leanings, however, would be more libertarian/constitutionalist.

having said that (for all you political shills who want to make everything a "GOP vs Liberal argument, please just keep it to yourself as i don't play by those rules), this is the best thing i have seen in quite some time.

It is a failed policy. Our ignoring of Cuba for the last 40 years has done nothing more than make us look stupid, and punish the Cuban people (who have not been able to benefit from American tourism money).

To Shrodingers Dog: dude, i love it when you pull out logic and then state it so simply. Bravo, good sir.



posted on Apr, 13 2009 @ 06:53 PM
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Originally posted by bigfatfurrytexan
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It is a failed policy. Our ignoring of Cuba for the last 40 years has done nothing more than make us look stupid, and punish the Cuban people (who have not been able to benefit from American tourism money).

To Shrodingers Dog: dude, i love it when you pull out logic and then state it so simply. Bravo, good sir.


Well, since it is evident you have never lived in Cuba it can be said that you have no evidence at all to support your claim that a complete open policy will help the Cuban people...

Meanwhile the United States has had restrictions on Cuba, EUROPEAN nations, including Canada have had open relationships with the Communist regime, and this has never helped the Cuban people. It just helped for the Communist dictatorship to remain in power.



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posted on Apr, 13 2009 @ 07:03 PM
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I'm astonished how ideology can cloud otherwise intelligent people into goofy modes of thinking, completely ignoring pragmatism in the marketplace.

Cuba, huge new market to be exploited by capitalist and entrepreneurs.
Opening up markets in any country, socialist, communist or wiccan, this benefits both countries, lessens tensions and allows families to be reunited.

I'm with BFFT, the embargo was so stupid with no real connection to reality.

I can't wait to go permit, tarpon and bone fishing like Hemingway used to do off shore of Cuba and enjoy a nice plate of Ropa vieja.



[edit on 13-4-2009 by whaaa]



posted on Apr, 13 2009 @ 07:07 PM
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Some time ago I responded to a bogus rhetoric spawned around communism with correct description of it, here it is, again:


Communism is a socioeconomic structure and political ideology that promotes the establishment of an egalitarian, classless, stateless society based on common ownership and control of the means of production and property in general. Karl Marx posited that communism would be the final stage in human society, which would be achieved through a proletarian revolution. "Pure communism" in the Marxian sense refers to a classless, stateless and oppression-free society where decisions on what to produce and what policies to pursue are made democratically, allowing every member of society to participate in the decision-making process in both the political and economic spheres of life.

Wikipedia: Communism

Somehow, when faced with the facts, all the "proud" commie haters menage to skew the very definition of it in order to be able to "compare" it with what we have in Cuba or China today, to judge, condemn or make fun of it ...

Communism, as envisioned and defined by it's main thinkers (K. Marx and F. Engels), simply and clearly never existed in the real world, it is a theoretical model/state of EVOLVED human society, a projection of how things cold/will be sometime in the future, a possible final goal of those who seek equality of all humans on all possible levels


I'm looking forward to see sanctions against Cuba lifted


[edit on 13-4-2009 by 5thElement]



posted on Apr, 13 2009 @ 07:13 PM
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Originally posted by ElectricUniverse


Well, since it is evident you have never lived in Cuba it can be said that you have no evidence at all to support your claim that a complete open policy will help the Cuban people...

Meanwhile the United States has had restrictions on Cuba, EUROPEAN nations, including Canada have had open relationships with the Communist regime, and this has never helped the Cuban people. It just helped for the Communist dictatorship to remain in power.



[edit on 13-4-2009 by ElectricUniverse]


You don't think that increased cash flow to that impoverished island would help? You don't think that the proximity of the Gulf Coast would make it MUCH more feasible for US citizens to visit Cuba than the Canadians or EU's? You don't think that a burgeoning tourist industry would help improve the daily lives of most Cubans? And you don't think an amiable relationship with the government might provide for a possibility that some Cuban citizens might get to enjoy visits with family members that have been estranged for what, for most of us, exceeds a lifetime?

Did the EU or Canadian tourism really provide any cash flow? If i were Canadian and had to choose where to travel for vacation, i would choose somewhere such as Jamaica or some other friendly territory. I also believe that US investors could certainly help improve the overall tourism, anyway.

Regardless, it is a hypocritical policy. We maintain relations with several, several other communist regimes and have propped up countless cruel dictators.

Do i like Obama? Not really...but his decision here is solid.



posted on Apr, 13 2009 @ 07:17 PM
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Originally posted by 5thElement
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Communism, as envisioned and defined by it's main thinkers (K. Marx and F. Engels), simply and clearly never existed in the real world, it is a theoretical model/state of EVOLVED human society, a projection of how things cold/will be sometime in the future, a possible final goal of those who seek equality of all humans on all possible levels


I'm looking forward to see sanctions against Cuba lifted



Somehow when faced with the facts? Are you serious?... Where were you born, and where did you live all of your life?...

Have you experienced Communism and seen what it does?

Your response is the same response that every Communist/Marxist/Revolutionary states to try to claim their "perfect Permanent Revolution" has never existed.

This is nothing more than an excuse to "try again" the same old dictatorship that has murdered so many people, for the good of the revolution, and which also imprisoned, and also murdered millions for their political beliefs.

BTW I am not claiming you are Communist, but I am stating you are making the same excuses they make so that people swallow their same old lies.





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posted on Apr, 13 2009 @ 07:23 PM
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You know, resisting capitalism is always a short term situation and reminds me of a Family Guy quote:

"It's just like having sex with Kobe Bryant. You can kick and scream all you want...but it's still gonna happen.



posted on Apr, 13 2009 @ 07:28 PM
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Originally posted by bigfatfurrytexan

You don't think that increased cash flow to that impoverished island would help? You don't think that the proximity of the Gulf Coast would make it MUCH more feasible for US citizens to visit Cuba than the Canadians or EU's? You don't think that a burgeoning tourist industry would help improve the daily lives of most Cubans? And you don't think an amiable relationship with the government might provide for a possibility that some Cuban citizens might get to enjoy visits with family members that have been estranged for what, for most of us, exceeds a lifetime?
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It has not helped the people, it has helped the dictatorship.

I still see people who have never even visited the island vote for your statements, obviously not knowing the truth and trying to dismiss and disregard someone who was born in Cuba, has lived under the Communist regime, and still has family there...

Again, if this program is as stated in Spanish news circles, then it will help the people...

You actually think that someone like me, who has family in the island would not like such a program if in fact it was for the good of the people which includes my family still living there?

In spanish circles what they are saying is that this is lifting sanctions only for Cubans living in the U.S., and not an open policy for all Americans who have no idea what their money will do to the people in the island.

There are no "private ownership of any businesses in Cuba", unless it is the black market, or unless it is an European business wiht the dictatorship, and regular tourists do not buy from the black market, but rather form the Communist owned stores which means all their money goes to the dictatirial government, and not to the Cuban people.

It is a sad day when Americans, Europeans, and others living abroad do not want to believe what Cubans living outside of the island have to tell them about Cuba...

Now-a-day, and for quite some time, there seems to be a belief among those who have no experience in what happens in countries like Cuba to deny anything, and everything that the people who have experienced those dictatorships have to say about them...

Shame indeed since these people are not denying ignorance, but are just denying facts.




[edit on 13-4-2009 by ElectricUniverse]



posted on Apr, 13 2009 @ 07:53 PM
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This is good news for everyone involved - Cuban people, Cuban Americans, and the American public. Obama is making the right steps in this respect, and more importantly he is doing it with a long-term outlook.


The issue with embargoes and total political isolation of countries like Cuba and North Korea, is that it does little except strengthen the regimes there. Without trade and open contact with the US, the Cubans are more reliant on the government to run all of the country's affairs - social and economic. Without trade Cuba is forced to structure itself around a centrally-planed economy, which in turn gives Castro even more power. Furthermore political isolation prevent american ideology from reaching Cuba.

Thus the embargoes do not work - at least not in the way they are designed to. And besides that, it is time to leave the past grudges behind already. An entire generation has lapsed since the Bay of Pigs. Virtually every other country in the world has opened up travel and trade with Cuba, including Canada.



I heard some analysts predict that nothing will bring about an end to Communist regime in Cuba faster, than open trade and communication with the US. The government will lose its role as an economic figurehead, and open trade will foster capitalist innitiatives. And unlike China, Cuba's communist party is not so well embedded as to prevent an eventual transition from capitalism to an actual democracy. I also believe that Raul Castro is more open toward democratic change - that is if America follows through with easing restrictions on travel and trade.

The lesson is that completely ignoring and cutting off all relations with countries under authoritarian regimes almost never works. Obama's strategy is not just to ease tension with Cuba, but in the long-term to introduce change to Cuban government.



posted on Apr, 13 2009 @ 07:55 PM
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Any new dialogue and discussion between close states is a good thing.
No matter what idiot thinking some people subscribe to.

Maybe, just maybe, the last 2 thousand years have been full of blood, pain and suffering because we believe ignoring and isolating nations is better than talking and opening our arms?

your right, how dare we take a chance and talk.
what stupid idea.

surprised some of you didnt think of it already!



posted on Apr, 13 2009 @ 08:03 PM
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Well, lets just see. What has been done over the last 40 years has not helped. Something new obviously needs to be tried.



posted on Apr, 13 2009 @ 08:12 PM
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Originally posted by Agit8dChop
Any new dialogue and discussion between close states is a good thing.
No matter what idiot thinking some people subscribe to.


I still do not completely understand why the Bush administration toughened the travel and communication restriction against Cuba. The people who were most p*ssed off about it were none other than Cuban Americans - those who hated the Castro regime but wanted to help out their relatives in Cuba.

Perhaps Bush was relying on nothing more than a half-century old grudge. Well where is any progress in that? If everyone held on to all of our ethnical and national grudges for a century, then today we would have nothing but a load of locked out countries completely isolated from each other.



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