Question about Cuba

David McDonald dbmcdonald at
Sun Jul 20 19:36:39 MDT 2003

Cuba refuses to cash the checks sent by the US government on principle,
since Cuba denies the US has any right to be on the island. The checks are
on the order of $4,000 a year.

CubaNews is a very good list about Cuba, with an overwhelming amount of
information on a daily basis. CubaNews at

David McDonald

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Subject: Question about Cuba

I have this aunt who travelled to Cuba two years ago with a school program.
So she claims to know quite a lot about its government and its politics. The
other day we were talking and she brought up some things that didn't seem
right to me. Supposedly the United States has payed rent for the Guantanomo,
but Castro has never cashed any of the checks. Also she talked about how on
their tour when they visited a clinic it would be full of people and fully
staffed, but minutes later when someone in their group had left something
behind and they returned it was completely empty. She also said that Castro
plays off the situation as though it is the fault of the embargo and the US,
but he is really just a greedy guy who wants all the money and power for
himself. Can anyone verify or refute this information? and point me to a
good resource where I can learn more about Cuba's current political economy?


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