[Marxism] Morales urges action over Cuba

Greg McDonald sabocat59 at mac.com
Tue Dec 23 14:16:21 MST 2008

Greg McD: "Politically speaking, the economic blockade of Cuba is  

Eli: Really? Get back to me when I can buy a ticket at Orbitz, board  
a plane in San Francisco, and fly to Havana. Get back to me when it's  
legal for me to go to Mexico and bring a bottle of Cuban rum back  
into the U.S. Or even drink it in Mexico.

And get back to all of us when Cubans can book rooms in U.S.-owned  
hotels around the world, do business with banks which in turn do  
business with the U.S., and when Cuba can buy a host of things made  
in the U.S. which they are forced to pay much more for elsewhere, or  
when Cuba can actually receive money from U.S. television networks  
for allowing broadcasts of the Pan-American games, and on and on and on.

The blockade may be weaker in some respects than it has been, and  
Cuba is certainly less politically isolated than it was (not that it  
was ever *that* isolated, as its presidency of the NAM shows), but  
the blockade is still very much doing damage to Cuba and Cubans.  
Billions of dollars worth.

Greg:  Sorry not to be more explicit. Politically speaking, the  
blockade of Cuba is finished. However that may play itself out in the  
years to come, the political groundwork is being laid internationally  
for the economic embrace of Cuba by all latin american nations (and  
by extension the rest of the world), and the eventual demise of the  
blockade, by the very real political rejection of the US policy in  
the present moment.

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