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lunes, noviembre 13, 2017

"A Soviet Cleansing in Cuba."

"A Soviet Cleansing in Cuba."- Mary Anastasia O'Grady, Wall Street Journal, Nov.13, 2017

 

A Soviet Cleansing in Cuba

The Russians used their experience at home to annihilate dissident peasants.

By 
Mary Anastasia O’Grady
Wall Street Journal
Nov. 12, 2017
Most Americans have never heard of the anti-Castro uprising in Cuba’s Escambray Mountains, which began in 1959 and took Fidel and the Soviet Union six years to put down. At the 100th anniversary of the Bolshevik Revolution, the episode is worth revisiting. If not for 400 Soviets sent to Cuba under the command of the Red Army and the KGB in 1961, it is unlikely that Castro would have prevailed.
What happened in the Escambray pokes a giant hole in Castro’s narrative that his revolution was a justified power grab supported by working-class and rural Cubans. The fact is that when Cubans began to understand that Fidel planned to replace Fulgencio Batista as the next dictator and to impose communism, many rebelled. None fought harder than central Cuba’s guajiros—small land owners and tenant farmers.
Forty years after Castro took power, a protégé named Hugo Chávez was elected president of Venezuela and allowed to consolidate power. Today that once-rich country is an authoritarian hellhole where toilet paper is a luxury and malnutrition is widespread.
Venezuelans did not see what was coming in part because of the failure of historians, journalists, lawyers, academics and politicians throughout the Americas to expose the atrocities committed in the 1960s against the guajiros and other dissidents. 
Castro understood the importance of controlling the press, foreign as well as domestic. He used that control to popularize his version of events. He framed the resistance—those who rejected his communist takeover—as a white, urban aristocracy unhappy because it was losing its privilege under his new justice. Meanwhile, he wiped out whole farming communities with Stalinesque ruthlessness, and he did it with guidance from the Kremlin, which exported its experience in intelligence gathering and repression.
Agapito Rivera was born in 1937 in central Cuba, one of seven children in a poor family that cut sugar cane on a large estate. He told me in an interview in Miami earlier this year that when he first started cutting cane he was so small that his older brother had to throw the shoots onto the cart for him. By the time Castro took power, Mr. Rivera was 22 and married. That year a daughter was born. The young family lived in a small house Mr. Rivera had built himself.
Many peasants opposed Batista. When he fled, they celebrated. But they quickly recognized Castro’s ambitious plan to betray the revolution. Ironically it was the takeover of a large sugar plantation called Sierrita that confirmed their worst suspicions. Sierrita had been an excellent employer. The owners paid well and treated workers with dignity. Yet it was the first property seized in the area. 
I wondered why Mr. Rivera had objected, since Castro was promising “social justice” for the poor. “I looked at that,” he said, referring to the confiscation of Sierrita, “and I said to myself, if he can do that to them, what future do I have?”
Mr. Rivera went into combat with other guajiros and alongside former Castro guerrillas who had fought in the Sierra Maestra to restore the constitutional democracy.
In his 1989 book, “And the Russians Stayed: The Sovietization of Cuba,” Cuban-born Nestor Carbonell uses the testimony of a former Castro intelligence officer to describe how the Soviets crushed the Escambray rebellion, which at one point numbered 8,000 insurgents. Castro had sent 12,000 soldiers and 80,000 militia to the region in late 1960, but they’d made no headway. So in January 1961 the Kremlin stepped in. It sent a contingent of Soviet coaches to a military compound near the city of Trinidad. That compound became a “KGB redoubt,” Mr. Carbonell explains. “From there, the Soviets secretly directed a major offensive to quash the insurgency.” 
The operation mobilized 70,000 Cuban soldiers and 110,000 militia. They “uprooted most of the peasant families living in the area, and dragged them into concentration camps” in the far western part of the country. More than 1,800 prisoners were executed, according to Mr. Carbonell. “The obsessive goal was total extermination,” so the government forces “destroyed crops, burned huts and contaminated springs as they systematically combed the region for rebels or suspects.”
The U.S. made secretive attempts to get supplies to the resistance, but poor coordination hampered operations. When President John F. Kennedy withdrew support for the Bay of Pigs Invasion in April 1961, the U.S. also abandoned the Escambray. The rebels were outnumbered and outgunned but they did not give up easily. It wasn’t until 1965 that they were entirely defeated.
Mr. Rivera was captured in 1963, spent 25 years in prison, and was exiled in 1988. And the story of the Soviet campaign in Cuba to annihilate farmers and peasants—who rejected the collectivization of agriculture just as they had in Russia—never made it into popular culture. 
Write to O’Grady@wsj.com.

miércoles, agosto 02, 2017

Cuba anuncia nuevas restricciones al trabajo privado



El régimen cubano volvió a meter un frenazo al carro de la iniciativa individual en la isla. Este martes la Gaceta Oficial de la República de Cuba (GOC) publicó la Edición Extraordinaria No.31 donde, a través de la resolución No.22/2017 prohíbe “temporalmente” entregar licencias para operar restaurantes privados y casas de renta para el turismo, entre otros.
De igual modo se anunció de manera definitiva el cese de la entrega de permisos para vendedor mayorista de productos agropecuarios', 'vendedor minorista de productos agropecuarios', 'carretillero o vendedor de productos agrícolas de forma ambulatoria', 'comprador vendedor de discos' y 'operador de equipos de recreación para los equipos rústicos'.
Los argumentos para semejante paquete de medidas se enfilan en “frenar ilegalidades y desviaciones" y en continuar –asegura el documento oficial- el proceso "sistemático de revisión y perfeccionamiento, encaminado a corregir deficiencias" en el trabajo por cuenta propia en Cuba.
El periódico oficial Granma tituló las medidas “Por la ruta de la actualización”. Las cifras ofrecidas por el gobierno señalan que en lo que va de año unos 567 982 cubanos trabajaban legalmente en el sector privado.
El documento emitido por la GOC indica los trámites que ya se habían iniciado en los renglones que ahora se restringen, serán procesados “de acuerdo a lo establecido en las disposiciones legales por las que se iniciaron”.
Algunas de las actividades económicas de las que no volverán a entregar permisos hasta nueva orden son las siguientes: ‘Arrendadores de vivienda, habitaciones y espacios que sean parte integrante de la vivienda’; ‘cafetería de alimentos ligeros’; ‘chapistero’; ‘contratista privado’; ‘elaborador vendedor de alimentos y bebidas mediante servicio gastronómico en Restaurantes (Paladares)’; ‘elaborador vendedor de alimentos y bebidas en punto fijo de venta (Cafetería)’; ‘elaborador vendedor de alimentos y bebidas no alcohólicas a domicilio’; ‘fregador engrasador de equipos automotores’; ‘gestor de pasaje en piquera’; ‘gestor de permutas y compra-venta de viviendas’; ‘gestor de alojamiento para viviendas o habitaciones que se arriendan’ y‘herrero’.
La resolución, indicó la Gaceta Oficial, entró en vigor este 1ro de agosto, a partir de la publicación del mismo.

Reacciones en Cuba

Aunque ya tiene su restaurante con los permisos oficiales en una zona privilegiada, David Alomá, dueño del “Davimart” en la ciudad de Trinidad, cree que es un balde de agua fría para quienes pujaban por hacerse un sitio en el trabajo por cuenta propia.
“Imagina, las personas que han invertido, incluso hay personas que han pedido créditos bancarios para invertir en su vivienda: unos para comenzar, otros para mejorar y ampliar sus capacidades. ¿Y ahora qué? Eso es un golpe duro”, se solidariza David.
Para este pequeño empresario de la provincia de Sancti Spíritus, el frenazo de las medidas es un muro contra los emprendedores cubanos. “Lejos de incentivar, lo que hace es defraudar, desestimular”, concluyó.
En la barriada habanera de Alamar, un suburbio obrero al este de la capital cubana, hay una mujer que ha luchado doblemente por años contra el acoso de los inspectores estatales y la policía nacional.
Rosario Morales La Rosa es vendedora ambulante, pertenece al grupo opositor Damas de Blanco “Laura Pollán – Su Legado” y jamás ha obtenido el permiso para trabajar por cuenta propia.
“Sería muy penoso y preocupante para el cubano de a pie y para los mismos cuentapropistas porque es la única manera en que uno tiene una vía de escape, un poquito de oxígeno”, explicó la mujer.
Alcibíades Silva, un campesino de la intricada Sierra Maestra, vive de cultivar la tierra en el barrio Dos Caminos, municipio de San Luis en Santiago de Cuba, y aunque sabe que las prohibiciones serán un escollo a salvar, cree que los campesinos se las ingeniarán como siempre.
“Es posible que el resultado que espere el gobierno es que estas producciones que se están vendiendo a particulares, que sí pagan en efectivo, que sí respetan los precios que pone el campesino… el gobierno tiene la idea de que van a llegar directamente a él, y yo estoy seguro de que las personas pues buscarán otros métodos, otras vías para que este negocio no se caiga”, indicó Silva.
No por incómodo e impopular fue inesperado para algunos. La periodista independiente Miriam Celaya lo ve “como un retroceso” y aseguró “es un retroceso que esperaba”.
Celaya, columnista del diario digital 14yMedio, definió con ello la política del régimen cubano. “Aquí todo lo que puede abrir un espacio a las libertades individuales y a un desempeño económico que le permita cierta autonomía al ciudadano, por supuesto que en cuanto se verifica eso hay un retroceso. Ellos temen perder el control”.

Luis Felipe Rojas 


https://www.martinoticias.com/a/cuba-freno-cuentapropismo-/150111.html

miércoles, julio 05, 2017

No Venceremos!

"¡ No Venceremos !"
por
Ricardo E. Calvo  MD Ph.D.
 
El gobierno marxista cubano ha podido lograr un estado policiaco a traves del cual controla prácticamente todas las actividades de los ciudadanos de una manera muy efectiva.
No hay duda que a traves de las medidas economicas y politicas tomadas en los albores de la transformacion marxista principalmente entre los años 59 hasta finales del 61  el Partido Comunista Cubano (PCC)  logro controlar practicamente  la produccion economica de la nacion  habiendo eliminado ya para entonces la propiedad privada fuente principal  de las libertades individuales incluyendo el cambio y limite de moneda en posesion de los ciudadanos.
El liderazgo del movimiento marxista puede jactarse de muchos "logros" socialistas pero hay dos frentes en el cual el Partido Comunista Cubano ha fracasado.
Uno es no haber podido erradicar la devocion a la Virgen de la Caridad del Cobre y sus diferentes manifestaciones.
El otro fracaso, probablemente mas insultante que el anterior, es no haber  podido erradicar el capitalismo de la Isla. y Ud dira..¿ como ? . En efecto, el capitalismo nunca se ha ido de Cuba aunque se haya ido el Son y si pasas por La Habana ya verás lo "sonriente" que esta “la  oferta y la demanda.”  !
Los cubanos han "dolarizado"el pensamiento economico pues casi todas sus acciones y prioridades se llevan a cabo basado en el poder adquisitivo de la moneda "del enemigo" que en realidad ha desplazado a la moneda nacional indicando que ese es el medio que se utiliza en los "trueques" que se efectuan de una manera clandestina mas conocidos como "resolver".
En Cuba los ciudadanos viven porque existe el "mercado negro". El mercado negro no es mas que la manifestacion clandestina de lo que en los paises con sistema economico  capitalista se conoce como "mercados libres" .
¿Y donde encuentra el mercado negro los objetos para negociar ? Sencillamente en las fuentes de almacenamiento y distribucion de materiales, productos y bienes que se encuentran en manos de los dirigentes comunistas y militaresEstos productos son substraidos por los mismos funcionarios o empleados de los medios de distribucion y encauzados al mercado negro donde se valoran dependiendo de lo que los ciudadanos necesitan y desean sin tener en cuenta la opinion de los planificadores centrales del Partido.
Como el PCC va llegando poco a poco a reconocer que el mercado negro es ahora casi imprescindible para su propia existencia este  tiende a  enfatizaron sus crecientes preocupaciones sobre la corrupción y trata de abandonar algunos de los controles centralizados de la economía estilo soviético e incorporar elementos de un sistema de mercado.

Cuan prevalente ha estado funcionando el "mercado negro" en la Isla esta demostrado en la complicidad de los mismos dirigentes del Partido.  Cientos de funcionarios de diferentes rangos  en el partido y el gobierno cubano han sido reemplazados en reorganizaciones  a través de los años, de acuerdo con un despacho de la agencia noticiosa Reuters (1)

Corria el año 1953 y en el  mes de Octubre la dirigencia del ataque al Cuartel Mocada en Santiago de Cuba  efectuado el 26 de Julio del mismo año pronuncio su discurso de auto defensa e incluyo el siguiente pensamiento como guia para el futuro de la nacion:
«El porvenir de la nación y la solución de sus problemas no pueden seguir dependiendo del interés egoísta de una docena de financieros, de los fríos cálculos sobre ganancias que tracen en sus despachos de aire acondicionado diez o doce magnates. [...] Y no es con estadistas cuyo estadismo consiste en dejarlo todo tal cual está y pasarse la vida farfullando sandeces sobre la "libertad absoluta de empresa", "garantías al capital de inversión" y la "ley de la oferta y la demanda" como habrán de resolverse tales problemas.»

Muchos años mas tarde el 26 de Julio del 2003 y de nuevo en Santiago de Cuba para celebrar un aniversario mas de aquel ataque la misma dirigencia le recordo a todos los cubanos que quizás lo más importante de lo que habia dicho sobre el futuro de Cuba  ya lo habia enunciado hacia  50 años y que estas frases e ideas describían todo un pensamiento subyacente sobre el sistema económico y social capitalista que debía ser sencillamente eliminado.
Hoy en dia el Partido Comunista Cubano y su dirigencia reconoce que su sistema socialista economico no ha podido "barrer al capitalismo" de la Isla de Cuba.
 En Septiermbre del 2010 el corresponsal norteamericano Jeffrey Goldberg de la revista "The Atlantic" reporto que durante un almuerzo privado en compañia de la Sra. Julia Sweig (miembro del Consejo de Relaciones Exteriores de los Estados Unidos) la maxima dirigencia marxista cubana les habia indicado explicitamente que "el modelo cubano ya NO funciona para nosotros". (2)

El pueblo de Cuba ha oido por decadas la promesa repetida innumerables veces al final de cada discurso politico que la causa socialista triunfaria pero al final de la larga jornada, la existencia imperecedera del "mercado negro" y su triunfo como manifestacion del espiritu indomable de la libre empresa le obliga a la doctrina marxista reconocer la imperante realidad de ese "capitalismo clandestino" y  sururrar en su oido:   " ¡ No Venceremos  ! " 

(1)  "Régimen cubano reconoce aumento de corrupción" por
Juan O. Tamayo.  El Nuedo Herald Junio 22 2010.

miércoles, julio 01, 2015

As a Cuban exile, I feel betrayed by President Obama

Dear Pedro Pan Brothers and Sisters: Pedro Pan  member Carlos Eire has written an article regarding the recent developments in the relations between the Obama administration and the Castro Regime. Please see below
   
  As a Cuban exile, I feel betrayed by President Obama by Carlos Eire NPR's MORNING EDITION SATURDAY - December 20th

I am furious, in pain, and deeply offended by those who laud this betrayal of the Cuban people as a great moment in history. My family and native land were destroyed by the brutal Castro regime. In 1959, as an 8-year-old, I listened to mobs shout “paredon!” (to the firing squad!). I watched televised executions, and was terrified by the incessant pressure to agree with a bearded dictator’s ideals.

As the months passed, relatives, friends, and neighbors began to disappear. Some of them emerged from prison with detailed accounts of the tortures they endured, but many never reappeared, their lives cut short by firing squads.
I also witnessed the government’s seizure of all private property – down to the ring on one’s finger – and the collapse of my country’s economy. I began to feel as if some monstrous force was trying to steal my mind and soul through incessant indoctrination. By the age of 10, I was desperate to leave.

The next year, my parents sent me to the United States.  I am one of the lucky 14,000 unaccompanied children rescued by Operation Pedro Pan . Our plan to reunite within a few months was derailed by the policies of  the Castro regime, which intentionally prevented people like my parents from leaving Cuba. Although my mother did manage to escape three years later, my father remained stuck for the rest of his life. When he died, 14 years after my departure, the Castro regime prevented me from attending his funeral.          

* * *

I am now a professor of history and religion at Yale University.
And I long for justice. Instead of seeing Raúl Castro shaking President Obama’s hand, I would like to see him, his brother, and all their henchmen in a court room, being tried for crimes against humanity. I also long for genuine freedom in Cuba. Instead of seeing his corrupt and abusive regime rewarded with favors from the United States, I long for the day when that regime is replaced by a genuine democracy with a free market economy.

The fact that I am a historian makes me see things differently, too. I earn my living by analyzing texts and documents, sifting evidence, and separating facts from lies and myths. I have been trained to read between the lines, and to discern the hidden meaning in all rhetoric. While much attention has been paid to President Obama’s Cuba policy speech , hardly any has been paid to dictator Raúl Castro’s shorter speech , broadcast in Cuba at exactly the same time. In his spiteful address, the unelected ruler of Cuba said that he would accept President Obama’s gesture of good will “without renouncing a single one of our principles.” What, exactly, are those principles?

Like his brother Fidel, whose name he invoked, and like King Louis XIV of France, whose name he dared not mention, Raúl speaks of himself as the embodiment of the state he rules, as evidenced by his mention of “our principles,” which assumes that all Cubans share his mindset. Raúl claims that he is defending his nation’s “self-determination,” “sovereignty,” and “independence,” and also dares to boast that his total control of the Cuban economy should be admired as “social justice.” In reality, he is defending is his role as absolute monarch.

Cubans have
no freedom of speech or assembly. The press is tightly controlled, and there is no freedom to establish political parties or labor unions. Travel is strictly controlled, as is access to the Internet. There is no economic freedom and no elections. According to the Associated Press , at least 8,410 dissidents were detained in 2014. These are the principles that Raúl Castro is unwilling to renounce, which have driven nearly 20 percent of Cuba’s population into exile.
Unfortunately, these are also the very principles that President Obama ratified as acceptable, which will govern Cuba for years to come.

Although President Obama did acknowledge the lack of “freedom and openness” in Cuba, and also hinted that Raúl Castro should  loosen his grip on the Cuban people, his rhetoric was as hollow as Raúl’s. He didn’t make any demands for immediate, genuine reforms in Cuba. Equally hollow was his reference to Cuba’s “civil society.” He made no mention of the constant abuse heaped on Cuba’s non-violent dissidents, or of the fact that the vast majority of them have pleaded with him to tighten rather than ease existing sanctions on the Castro regime. But it was not just what was left unsaid that made his rhetoric hollow. Some of the “facts” cited in support of his policy changes were deliberate distortions of history that lay most of the blame for Cuba’s problems on the United States.

Among the most glaring of these falsehoods was the claim that “our sanctions on Cuba have denied Cubans access to technology that has empowered individuals around the globe.” The real culprit is not the embargo, but the Castro regime itself, which actively prevents Cubans from accessing the Internet. Cuba has been purchasing all sorts of cutting-edge technology from other countries for use by its government, its military, its spies, and its tourist industry.

If studied carefully, what President Obama’s artful speech reveals is a fixation on the failures of American foreign policy, and on his role as a righteous reformer. Moreover, the speech is riddled with false assumptions and wishful thinking.

Does President Obama really believe that somehow, magically, an influx of American diplomats, tourists, and dollars is going to force Raúl Castro and his military junta to give up their beloved repressive “principles”?

Dream on. President Obama knows all too well that the Castro regime has had diplomatic and economic relations with the rest of the world and hosted millions of tourists from democratic nations for many years. Such engagement has brought no freedom or prosperity to the Cuban people. He also knows that tourism has only served to create an apartheid state in which foreigners enjoy privileges that are denied to the natives.

President Obama’s disingenuous formulation of a new Cuba policy has been praised by many around the world, but will be challenged by the legislative branch of the government of these United States.

Thank God and the Constitution for that.
The American people and the Cuban people deserve a much better future and a much better interpretation of history than those offered to them in President Obama’s shameful speech.  

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miércoles, junio 03, 2015

WHY THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT MUST RETURN THE US. NAVAL BASE IN GUANTANAMO (GITMO) TO THE GOVERNMENT OF CUBA ???




By Colonel Juan Armando Montes, USA (Ret), Graduate from High School "La Luz School" 1944-1955,
Havana-Cuba,  also a Graduate  Juris  Doctor (JD) St. Thomas Villanova University, Havana, Cuba
 (1955-1960).  General Staff, USA. Armed Forces Staff College and US. Army Command & General Staff College Graduate,  Foreign Area Officer (FAO), Department of Defense Institute Security Assistance Management (DISAM),  US. Special Forces (Green Beret), Infantry, Airborne & Ranger Qualified. Brigade 2506 Naval, N-468.
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WHY THE GOVERNMENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA “MUST” RETURN THE US. NAVAL BASE (GITMO) TO CUBA…….
Is it now the right time and place in history for the Government of the United States of America (USG) to return the US. Naval Base in Guantanamo, to the Government of Cuba (GOC)?
First of all there is a Legal Bi-Lateral Treaty Binding both Nations to the letter and spirit of the Law.  This is a simple but profound question to be answered by Legal Scholars’ minds giving knowledgeable advice to the American People, to be decided “Only” by the Congress of the United States of America consenting or not about this sensitive matter and then the President of the USA acting on it, approving or vetoing it.
The USG must only return “GITMO” to a legitimate and sovereign democratically elected government by secret and universal vote by all the Cuban People in the sland and abroad,
only, and only then, when the Nation of Cuba is absolutely Free and Democratic his people united in close bond as one Nation, free of oppression and universally sovereign in the eyes of all Free Nations, only then!
The time is not yet in the horizon. The time to return “GITMO” is not now! Simple as that. It will be a grave historical unforgivable error and disservice to our present generation and generations to come, and obviously, paramount to the Cuban People if the President of the USA wants to impose now his will and mandate for political expediency or ideological reasons.
The President of the USA must act accordingly to the legal framework under the Constitution.
He cannot and should not act unilaterally in a legal matter of this magnitude without Congressional Consent and the absolute support of his Nation.
This sensitive diplomatic matter must not be solved by “Executive Order”

jueves, octubre 09, 2014

Los Suplicantes


Maura Rivero
Maura Rivero 10:44am Oct 9
Se acabaron las palabras bonitas.
Que clase de descaraos son los que estan pidiendo, pidiendo NO suplicando que se levante em embargo de USA al régimen de los Castros.
Que poca vergüenza tienen algunos mal llamados cubanos que en vez de exigir que sean los Castros los que les quiten el BLOQUEO al pueblo de Cuba.
Bloqueo en todos los sentidos desde que ellos , si ellos impusieron la DICTADURA militar que hoy 55 años despues afecta directamente a todo un país pero no a los bolsillos de esos malnacidos ni a los tratacatanes TRAIDORES que los han mantenido en el poder todo este tiempo.

Que poca memoria tienen o memoria selectiva que se olvidan de los millones de dólares y productos que entran a Cuba anualmente desde Estados Unidos.

Que coño estan suplicando descaraos?
Que le den creditos a los miserables que tienen a tu familia y la mia en la miseria?
Y no se atrevan a decirme que quitar el embargo es dejar al régimen sin excusas del por qué oprime a todo un pueblo y lo somete militarmente.
No se atrevan a decirme que sin embargo se acaba el castrismo porque este solo se va a acabar el dia que de ambos lados del Estrecho de la Florida hayan suficientes pantalones y ovarios para sacar a los Castros y maleantes a punta de balas.

Basta de descaro y de oportunismo que lo que quieren es ir a ponerle los 4 dólares que hacen en este país a los pies del genocida Castro-Ruz.

Basta ya que ellos están ahi porque NOSOTROS lo hemos permitido y no por la blandengue actitud de los presidentes de este pais frente al enemigo mas grande que ha tenido Estados Unidos y nada menos que en su propio patio.

Que siga el embargo, pero tambien que BLOQUEEN la isla entera de una punta a la otra a que nadie salga ni nadie entre.
Esea dia se acaban la historia de los malditos hermanos Castro-Ruz y con ella la odisea que ha padecido el pueblo de Cuba desde 1958.

Tengan vergüenza que esa viene desde la Cuna, no se adquiere en ÑO que barato.

Y.B

domingo, junio 22, 2014

FOR THOSE WHO OPPOSE THE EMBARGO VS. CUBA



The socialist national and international news organizations have perpetuated the myth that the US started the so called “embargo vs. Cuba” because  of ideological differences when in reality it was a response to an all non remunerated confiscation by part of the then incipient Marxist State.  The international communist party always manages to obliterates facts and repeat false arguments again and again until they becomes the truth as it was well taught by the master of propaganda  Minister of Information  of Hitler . Cuba can buy any item in the open international market ( and indeed Cuba buys American products through “third parties “ such as Panama...the surgical tables at the hospital of the high officials of the Communist Party say “made in USA”)... but the main problem that the Marxists have with this embargo is not the embargo or blockade ( as communist like to call it) itself but the problem that the suppliers require to be paid and the Cuban Communist Party is broke ( big time !) due to their socialist doctrine that has proven to be the greatest manufacture of only one product: MISERY. Be my guest and read ahead... be informed !

Is U.S. Chamber Of Commerce President Thomas Donohue An Idiot? Or A Scoundrel?
Humberto Fontova | May 30, 2014
U.S. Chamber of Commerce President Thomas Donohue was barely finished calling for the further impoverishment of American workers (I.e. "immigration reform") when he shows up as a guest of Cuba's Stalinist regime and gives a speech at the University of Havana calling for a further fleecing of American taxpayers (I.e. Ending the so-called Cuba embargo.)
"For years, the US Chamber of Commerce has demanded that our government eliminate the commercial embargo on Cuba. It's time for a new approach," proclaimed Donohue this week to an ovation from communist apparatchiks, some who in 1960 stormed into almost 6000 U.S. Owned businesses (worth almost $ 2 billion at the time) and stole them all at Soviet gunpoint.
A few American business-owners resisted. One of these was Howard Anderson who owned a filling stations and Jeep dealership (not a casino or brothel, which were relatively rare in pre-Castro Cuba, by the way.) I'll quote from Anderson v. Republic of Cuba, No. 01-28628 (Miami-Dade Circuit Court, April 13, 2003). "In one final session of torture, Castro's agents drained Howard Anderson's body of blood before sending him to his death at the firing squad."
The Inter-American Law Review classifies Castro's mass burglary of U.S. Property as "the largest uncompensated taking of American property by a foreign government in history."
The burglarized (and often brutalized) American owners filed those property claims against Castro's regime with the U.S. Government. They're worth $7 billion today--and must be settled before the so called embargo is lifted.
This settlement provision for lifting the embargo was codified into U.S. Law in 1996 by the Helms-Burton act, which means only Congress can lift the embargo, obviously after a vote. But the votes are not there.
All foreign trade with "Cuba" is still conducted exclusively with the Stalinist regime-no exceptions. In fact private property rights still do not exist in Cuba, much less an independent judiciary and the rule of law.
For over a decade the so-called U.S. Embargo, so disparaged by Thomas Donahue, has mostly stipulated that Castro's Stalinist regime pay cash up front through a third-party bank for all U.S. Agricultural products; no Ex-I'm (U.S. Taxpayer) financing of such sales. And that's the catch with Donahue's gracious hosts. They're desperate to abolish that provision.
Regarding the disconnect seen above between historic truth and Castroite propaganda, what we have here, amigos, is not a "failure to communicate." Instead it's perfect communication-- between Castro's propaganda ministry and the U.S. Media (and "business leaders") to whom they issue press bureaus and visas, after careful vetting. These latter amply live up to their side of the bargain, "reporting" exactly what Castro wants them to report.
One fine morning in February 2009 the Castro brothers woke up and decided to freeze $1 billion that 600 foreign companies kept in Cuban bank accounts. Another fine morning in April 2012 the Cuban regime arrested the top officers of Britain-based Coral Capital that had invested $75 million in the Castro brothers' fiefdom and was planning four and luxurious golf resorts. These hapless (greedy, unprincipled and stupid, actually) businessmen find themselves with no more recourse to law than the millions of Cubans and Americans who had their businesses and savings stolen en masse in August of 1960 by Castro's gunmen.
After all, Che Guevara who served as Cuba's "Finance Minister" during the initial mass burglaries of Cuban and U.S. owned properties explained the regime's legal guidelines very succinctly in January 1959, when he served as chief hangman. "Judicial evidence is an archaic bourgeois detail. We execute (and jail and torture and steal) based on Revolutionary conviction."