For José Azel, a senior researcher at the Institute for Cuban and Cuban-American Studies at the University of Miami, the changes visible in Cuban politics aren’t due to a process of democratic restructuring. Havana is instead motivated, he argues, by its keen need for the commercial credit which its fourth biggest trade parter, the United states, can provide.Fourth biggest trade partner? We thought there was an embargo that didn't work.
“With the fall of petroleum prices that’s affecting Venezuela and Russia, Cuba has to seek alternatives, but it has a long history in the Club of Paris of not paying its debts [our bold]. As a result, it’s seeking credit from its alliance with the United States, from which it’s currently buying foodstuffs and medicines in cash,” Azel explained to the PanAm Post.Enter useful idiots, stage left;
On Thursday 8, 28 US agricultural and foodstuffs organizations joined together to form the US Agriculture Coalition for Cuba (USACC), with the objective of lifting of Washington’s embargo on the island, described by the companies as a “self-imposed obstacle” to business.The obstacle being; no money to pay for the food.
“Relaxing funding restrictions on agricultural trade with Cuba would make farmers more competitive in this market,” said the president of the American Agricultural Federation, Bob Stallman, in a press conference.
Stallman explained that although the US agricultural sector can currently export products to Cuba, government restrictions put national foodstuffs at a disadvantage compared to those of other countries.Other countries whose taxpayers have caught on?