History UsefulNotes / Cuba

17th Jan '16 2:01:51 PM Jhonny
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If you like crumbling Spanish architecture, 1950s cars, lovely beaches uncluttered with [[HawaiianShirtedTourist stupid tourists]], ballet, and the best music Latin America has to offer, modern Cuba is the place to go--unless you're American, in which case, as of December 2014, you are only allowed to go under one of the [[https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/12/17/fact-sheet-charting-new-course-cuba 12 reasons designated by the US government]] and with other restrictions such as only being allowed to buy $400 worth of goods (of which only $100 can be tobacco and/or alcohol products, [[http://wikitravel.org/en/Americans_in_Cuba see this Wikitravel page for more details for Americans wishing to travel to Cuba]]). All other travel to Cuba by US citizens (such as pure tourism) remain a violation of the embargo and therefore a crime. Also notable is the country's human development (average healthcare, education, nutrition, life expectancy, et al.) which throughout the last decades has been higher than those of the countries that surround it and Latin America in general. All this despite the crumbling infrastructure, the secret police, the embargo, and the continued repression of free speech and human right abuses against those elements deemed "counter-revolutionary".

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If you like crumbling Spanish architecture, 1950s cars, lovely beaches uncluttered with [[HawaiianShirtedTourist stupid tourists]], ballet, and the best music Latin America has to offer, modern Cuba is the place to go--unless you're American, in which case, as of December 2014, you are only allowed to go under one of the [[https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/12/17/fact-sheet-charting-new-course-cuba 12 reasons designated by the US government]] and with other restrictions such as only being allowed to buy $400 worth of goods (of which only $100 can be tobacco and/or alcohol products, [[http://wikitravel.org/en/Americans_in_Cuba [[https://en.wikivoyage.org/wiki/Americans_in_Cuba see this Wikitravel Wikivoyage page for more details for Americans wishing to travel to Cuba]]). All other travel to Cuba by US citizens (such as pure tourism) remain a violation of the embargo and therefore a crime. Also notable is the country's human development (average healthcare, education, nutrition, life expectancy, et al.) which throughout the last decades has been higher than those of the countries that surround it and Latin America in general. All this despite the crumbling infrastructure, the secret police, the embargo, and the continued repression of free speech and human right abuses against those elements deemed "counter-revolutionary".
11th Jan '16 6:39:25 PM karstovich2
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Since 2015, Cuba and the United States have restored diplomatic relations and there is increasing pressure to end the embargo, much to the anger of the Cuban-American community. Whether or not this causes Cuba to become more democratic or collapse from pro-democracy pressure remains to be seen.

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Since 2015, Cuba and the United States have restored diplomatic relations and there is increasing pressure to end the embargo, much to the anger of (geezers among) the Cuban-American community. community.[[note]]This is a generational issue among Cuban-Americans; people who fled the Castro regime or whose parents did are generally opposed, but younger Cuban-Americans tend to see the embargo as reflecting stupid Cold War prejudices and favor full normalization.[[/note]] Whether or not this causes Cuba to become more democratic or collapse from pro-democracy pressure remains to be seen.
24th Dec '15 6:23:59 AM Aquila89
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Until his official retirement in 2008, Castro was one of the longest-serving leaders in world history who wasn't a monarch. His brother Raul has taken over and he's no young 'un; what will happen after ''his'' passing is anyone's guess.

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Until his official retirement in 2008, Castro was one of the longest-serving leaders in world history who wasn't a monarch. His brother Raul Raúl has taken over and he's no young 'un; what will happen after ''his'' passing is anyone's guess.
5th Nov '15 2:31:31 PM RisefromYourGrave
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Cuba. A land where the music is good, the drink flows freely (at least where the tourists are) and the tourists come for both. Oh, and it's famous for its cigars and [[DirtyCommunists Communism.]]

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Cuba. A land where the music is good, the drink flows freely (at least where the tourists are) and the tourists come for both. Oh, and it's famous for its cigars and [[DirtyCommunists Communism.]]
Communism]].
11th Sep '15 9:48:33 AM DDRMASTERM
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This status quo remained more or less until the reign of "President"/dictator Fulgencio Batista, who maintained strong ties with the US government and even moreso with "legitimate" US businesses. While the role of the Mafia in pre-Revolutionary Cuba is heavily exaggerated, it was definitely present on both sides of the Florida straits. All of this made it seem like Batista would be able to continue lording over like so many other strongmen had before him. But this state of affairs began to change when clamor for reform on the island coupled with growing US antipathy towards supporting his regime (particularly since he also wanted Guantanamo Bay back) ate away at his support until the 1959 Cuban Revolution, in which UsefulNotes/FidelCastro took over the country. The Castro regime's policies rapidly led to a complete breakdown of relations between Cuba and the West.

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This status quo remained more or less until the reign of "President"/dictator Fulgencio Batista, {{UsefulNotes/Fulgencio Batista}}, who maintained strong ties with the US government and even moreso with "legitimate" US businesses. While the role of the Mafia in pre-Revolutionary Cuba is heavily exaggerated, it was definitely present on both sides of the Florida straits. All of this made it seem like Batista would be able to continue lording over like so many other strongmen had before him. But this state of affairs began to change when clamor for reform on the island coupled with growing US antipathy towards supporting his regime (particularly since he also wanted Guantanamo Bay back) ate away at his support until the 1959 Cuban Revolution, in which UsefulNotes/FidelCastro took over the country. The Castro regime's policies rapidly led to a complete breakdown of relations between Cuba and the West.
19th Aug '15 3:06:42 AM AK47Productions
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* ''Series/TheGeorgeLopezShow'' has Victor Palmero, George's Cuban-American father in law that ofter expresses his hatred of Castro. One episode had him, George, and family friend Ernesto picking up Vic brother Octavio in the middle of the Caribbean ocean as it as the only way he could leave Cuba.

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* ''Series/TheGeorgeLopezShow'' has Victor Palmero, George's Cuban-American father in law that ofter often expresses his hatred of Castro. One episode had him, George, and family friend Ernesto picking up Vic Vic's brother Octavio in the middle of the Caribbean ocean as it as the only way he could leave Cuba.
23rd Jul '15 2:31:11 PM DDRMASTERM
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Since 2015, Cuba and the United States have restored diplomatic relations and the embargo has ended, much to the anger of the Cuban-American community. Whether or not this causes Cuba to become more democratic or collapse from pro-democracy pressure remains to be seen.

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Since 2015, Cuba and the United States have restored diplomatic relations and there is increasing pressure to end the embargo has ended, embargo, much to the anger of the Cuban-American community. Whether or not this causes Cuba to become more democratic or collapse from pro-democracy pressure remains to be seen.
23rd Jul '15 3:33:06 AM AK47Productions
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Since 2015, Cuba and the United States have restored diplomatic relations and the embargo have ended, much to the anger of the Cuban-American community. Whether or not this causes Cuba to become more democratic or collapse from pro-democracy pressure remains to be seen.

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Since 2015, Cuba and the United States have restored diplomatic relations and the embargo have has ended, much to the anger of the Cuban-American community. Whether or not this causes Cuba to become more democratic or collapse from pro-democracy pressure remains to be seen.



* The DiscoveryChannel series ''CubanChrome'' focuses on the old cars and the realities of keeping them running.
* Series/TheGeorgeLopezShow has Victor Palmero, George's Cuban-American father in law that ofter expresses his hatred of Castro. One episode had him, George, and family friend Ernesto picking up Vic brother Octavio in the middle of the Caribbean ocean as it as the only way he could leave Cuba.

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* The DiscoveryChannel series ''CubanChrome'' ''Cuban Chrome'' focuses on the old cars and the realities of keeping them running.
* Series/TheGeorgeLopezShow ''Series/TheGeorgeLopezShow'' has Victor Palmero, George's Cuban-American father in law that ofter expresses his hatred of Castro. One episode had him, George, and family friend Ernesto picking up Vic brother Octavio in the middle of the Caribbean ocean as it as the only way he could leave Cuba.
23rd Jul '15 3:31:32 AM AK47Productions
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Since 2015, Cuba and the United States have restored diplomatic relations and the embargo have ended, much to the anger of the Cuban-American community. Whether or not this causes Cuba to become more democratic or collapse from pro-democracy pressure remains to be seen.


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* Series/TheGeorgeLopezShow has Victor Palmero, George's Cuban-American father in law that ofter expresses his hatred of Castro. One episode had him, George, and family friend Ernesto picking up Vic brother Octavio in the middle of the Caribbean ocean as it as the only way he could leave Cuba.
22nd Jul '15 6:21:31 PM nlpnt
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* The DiscoveryChannel series ''CubanChrome'' focuses on the old cars and the realities of keeping them running.
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