History UsefulNotes / Cuba

25th Aug '16 4:41:00 PM nombretomado
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* The DiscoveryChannel series ''Cuban Chrome'' focuses on the old cars and the realities of keeping them running.

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* The DiscoveryChannel Creator/DiscoveryChannel series ''Cuban Chrome'' focuses on the old cars and the realities of keeping them running.
21st Aug '16 8:16:47 PM JulianLapostat
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-> ''As someone once said, that long, sad, unfortunate island will be there after the last Indian and after the last Spaniard and after the last African and after the last American and after the last of the Cubans, surviving all disasters, eternally washed over by the Gulf Stream: beautiful and green, undying, eternal.''
-->-- '''G. Cabrera Infante''', ''View of Dawn in the Tropics''
17th Jul '16 6:11:21 PM jamespolk
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* ''Film/IAmCuba'' is a famous Soviet propaganda film about life in the late Batista era and how the people of Cuba rose up in revolution.
1st Jul '16 9:29:46 AM DDRMASTERM
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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.[[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.

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Since 2015, Cuba and the United States have restored diplomatic relations and there is increasing pressure to end the embargo, enraging much to the anger of (geezers among) the Cuban-American 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.
16th Jun '16 10:57:43 PM FurryKef
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Eventually, the Spanish colonists became upset with Spain and started to fight a war of liberation, which bled on for [[ForeverWar decades on and off]] of some of the most intensive fighting in the history of the Americas and featured the first formal use of [[AluminumChristmasTrees Concentration Camps]]. All of this generally caused a great deal of instability and made Spain look like it had egg on its' face ''before'' the United States, flexing its muscles on the world stage, became involved due to popular outrage turning Cuba into a cause celebre. First unofficially and at a grass roots level, and then [[CurbStompBattle Not So Unofficially.]] After decades of being the Cuban rebels' most popular support base, it entered the war claiming that Spain had attacked the US, following the still-mysterious 1898 sinking of the ''USS Maine'' off the Cuban coast. The war became called the Spanish-American War; the US was victorious and Cuba became "independent"[[note]]an American protectorate[[/note]]. During this time a chess player named Capablanca became famous around the world. He went on to become a Chess Master and is now regarded as one of the greatest players of all time.

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Eventually, the Spanish colonists became upset with Spain and started to fight a war of liberation, which bled on for [[ForeverWar decades on and off]] of some of the most intensive fighting in the history of the Americas and featured the first formal use of [[AluminumChristmasTrees Concentration Camps]]. All of this generally caused a great deal of instability and made Spain look like it had egg on its' its face ''before'' the United States, flexing its muscles on the world stage, became involved due to popular outrage turning Cuba into a cause celebre. First unofficially and at a grass roots level, and then [[CurbStompBattle Not So Unofficially.]] After decades of being the Cuban rebels' most popular support base, it entered the war claiming that Spain had attacked the US, following the still-mysterious 1898 sinking of the ''USS Maine'' off the Cuban coast. The war became called the Spanish-American War; the US was victorious and Cuba became "independent"[[note]]an American protectorate[[/note]]. During this time a chess player named Capablanca became famous around the world. He went on to become a Chess Master and is now regarded as one of the greatest players of all time.
6th May '16 12:04:57 AM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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Cubans use different vocabulary, too. For example, 'coger' is a PerfectlyCromulentWord in Cuban Spanish and only means 'to get' as opposed to the more obscene meaning of 'fuck' that it has in most of Spanish America. 'Papaya', however, is slang for vulva and so the Papaya fruit is called 'frutabomba' instead. 'Guagua' meaning bus is pretty well-known; it is also used in the Canary Islands and comes from the beeping sound that buses make. Cuban Spanish has quite a few loanwords from American English, like 'pulover' for shirt, 'chor' for shorts, and (for some people!) 'frigidaire' for refrigerator. Cubans can say 'elevador' (whereas the word is 'acensor' in many other places), 'keik' and 'pai' (cake and pie). The diminutive for words with a t in the last syllable is formed with 'ico/ica' rather than 'ito/ita' so that 'chiquita' becomes 'chiquitica' rather than 'chiquitita' (and yes, that ABBA song ''does'' sound odd).

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Cubans also use different vocabulary, too.leading to confusion among people who DidNotDoTheBloodyResearch. For example, 'coger' is a PerfectlyCromulentWord in Cuban Spanish and only means 'to get' as opposed to the more obscene meaning of 'fuck' that it has in most of Spanish America. 'Papaya', however, is slang for vulva and so the Papaya fruit is called 'frutabomba' instead. 'Guagua' meaning bus is pretty well-known; it is also used in the Canary Islands and comes from the beeping sound that buses make. Cuban Spanish has quite a few loanwords from American English, like 'pulover' for shirt, 'chor' for shorts, and (for some people!) 'frigidaire' for refrigerator. Cubans can say 'elevador' (whereas the word is 'acensor' in many other places), 'keik' and 'pai' (cake and pie). The diminutive for words with a t in the last syllable is formed with 'ico/ica' rather than 'ito/ita' so that 'chiquita' becomes 'chiquitica' rather than 'chiquitita' (and yes, that ABBA song ''does'' sound odd).
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]].
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