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    Fidel Castro Says America Owes Millions to Cuba

    Fidel Castro Says America Owes Millions to Cuba

    Not so fast, says Marco Rubio.

    The U.S. reopened its embassy in Cuba yesterday, which also happened to be Fidel Castro’s 89th birthday.

    Castro used the occasion to insist that the United States owes Cuba millions of dollars over the trade embargo.

    Yahoo News reported:

    Fidel Castro to US: You owe us millions

    Fidel Castro marked his 89th birthday Thursday by insisting the United States owes Cuba “many millions of dollars” because of the half-century-old American trade embargo.

    Castro spoke out in an essay published in local media a day before US Secretary of State John Kerry makes a historic visit to Cuba to reopen the US embassy as part of the countries’ restoration of diplomatic relations.

    The trade embargo that the United States slapped on communist Cuba in 1962, three years after Castro seized power by ousting a US-backed regime, remains in effect despite the thaw.

    President Barack Obama wants Congress to lift it, although US officials say this will take time and is not an automatic part of the restoration of ties, as it requires congressional action.

    Many Republicans, who control both chambers of the legislature, oppose the idea, insisting Cuba has to improve its human rights record and make other democratic reforms.

    CNN recently published this video about the history of relations between Cuba and the U.S.

    Marco Rubio knows a thing or two about Cuba and is reminding the Obama administration that the island nation has a few issues to clear up.

    Jordain Carney of The Hill reports:

    Rubio wants Kerry to rethink Cuba upgrade on human rights

    Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) is pressing the Obama administration to reconsider its upgraded ranking of Cuba in a recent human trafficking report.

    The Florida Republican, a Cuban American who is running for president, sent a letter on Thursday to Secretary of State John Kerry suggesting that a Trafficking in Persons (TIP) report released last month was the subject of “politically driven manipulation.”

    “The most glaring example is the politically driven improvement of Cuba from the ‘Tier 3’ category to the ‘Tier 2 Watch List,'” he wrote. “Over the past year, Cuba has done almost nothing to combat human trafficking.”

    In addition to demanding the administration reconsider its ranking, Rubio also wants Kerry to hand over all “prior drafts” of the Cuba section in the trafficking report, the names of all State Department and White House officials who signed off on the section and a copy of the Cuban government plan to combat trafficking.

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    How about we ship you leftist politicians at $1000 a piece?


     
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    Exiliado | August 14, 2015 at 5:46 pm

    Yeah.
    fidel castro has been talking shite nonstop for about 60 years.

    Me, born and raised in communist Cuba, the first 35 years of my life gone to waste, Me knows exactly what I’m talking about.

    First, I doubt fidel castro wrote that essay. He would, if he could. But, have you seen the movie “Weekend At Bernie’s”? If not, watch it to get an idea.

    Second, Kerry and Obama are taking Americans for a ride, while being taken on another ride by a band of criminals. The end game here is that some business people will be allowed to commerce with the Cuban government(1). Cuba will end up not paying, and the American taxpayer will end up footing the bill via export credit insurance.


       
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      Exiliado in reply to Exiliado. | August 14, 2015 at 5:56 pm

      (1)…with the Cuban government…

      This. one. hurts.

      Some friends and acquaintances come and say,

      “Finally! There’s change. Now your people back in Cuba will be much better!”

      No. They will not be better.

      Cubans are not allowed to import or export. They are not allowed to do business with any foreign entity. Only the government can do that.
      Business with Cuba?
      That’s business with the government, the same government that violates human rights, imprisons and murders. That’s the same government that has exported hate towards the US all over the world. The same government that finances and protects terrorists and drug dealers. The same government that protects cop killers and other wanted criminals.
      Cubans, the people, they are being screwed by Kerry and Obama.

      The Cuban government has not made any changes. They haven’t even promised to make any. But for the fools in the White House nothing is good enough.


     
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    Milhouse | August 14, 2015 at 6:30 pm

    I don’t get it. Even if we decide to lift the embargo, how does that make us owe anything?

    And as BrokeGopher alluded to, the reason for the embargo in the first place was not human rights but the property of US citizens that Castro stole. The argument for lifting the embargo is that it hasn’t worked; it’s been more than 50 years, and he still hasn’t returned the stolen property, so what’s the point? OK, maybe that’s true, maybe we should lift it, but that doesn’t make the stolen property disappear. He still needs to give it back, and no amount of democratization or improvement in human rights can discharge that obligation.


     
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    SukieTawdry | August 15, 2015 at 8:44 pm

    The check is in the mail, Fidel. Happy Birthday.


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