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Based on the commission's report, President Bush restricted family visits by Cuban-Americans to once every three years instead of the current one-per-year, and lowered the authorized per diem amount for a family visit to $50, from $164 now.
Bush retained the $1,200-a-year limit on dollar transfers that Cuban-American families can send to the island, but limited those who could receive the transfers to immediate family members – excluding even uncles and cousins.
Originally posted by Phoenix
Sorry for this short answer but here goes, Basically by the fact that they are compulsory - then they are truly meaningless and irrelevent to anybody outside of Cuba.
Anybody know what the average income is in Cuba?
4 dollars per month
[Edited on 14-5-2004 by Phoenix]
The pictures are breathtaking, thousands upon thousands of Cubans marching in an Anti-USA protest ......ordered by Fidel Castro.
don't know the average income, but the majority of Cubans don't pay rent, get free college education and free medical care.
He said that if conflict comes, Bush "will be thousands of kilometers away and I will be in the first line of defense, ready to die in defense of my people."
Castro accused the United States of fighting "wars of conquest to seize the markets and resources of the world" while Cuba, he said, was sending abroad thousands of doctors to save lives.
He insisted that Bush had "no morality nor any right at all to speak of liberty, democracy and human rights" and he said of Bush's 2000 election victory, "all the world knows it was fraudulent."
In a relatively early fallout of the Iraqi prisoner scandal, posters carried photos of abused Iraqis overwritten with the words: "This would never happen in Cuba."
Castro referred briefly to the scandal, saying the tortures had "stupefied the world" and he insisted that Cuba had never practiced such torture.
Originally posted by worldwatcher
Why does anyone from any third world country flee their homeland to come the US....it's for a better life. But why is their life so horrible? you can't blame it all on Castro, you must share some of the blame on the policies of the United States that hamper the development of the country which in turn negatively affects the citizens of Cuba. So since we won't allow them to get what they need in Cuba, they risk their lives to come here.
and I never meant to make Cuba sound like Utopia, I am just stating the facts. Healthcare is free in Cuba, but it doesn't mean it is up to par with healthcare found in the US or elsewhere in the world, due to embargos, there is a lack of medical supplies needed to provide a good standard of treatment and preventive measures for the people of cuba.
In Cuba, rent is calculated in relation to ones income, and after a number of years of paying rent, you become the owner of your home."
can't find the link at the moment but about 85% of Cubans own their own homes.
I make no excuses for Castro and do not attempt to portray him as a good guy, he is and will continue to be a dictator. my beef with this Cuba issue is that the embargos and sanctions that the US has enforced on the country has hurt the people of Cuba more than they hurt Castro.