In a few days, Cubans will meet with Barack Obama's negotiators and try to convince them to extend the American taxpayers' credit card to them
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.
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?
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