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Old 10th Oct 2014, 17:59
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But, we have lettuce stands, and imprisoning the foreign investors under the guise of cracking down on graft & corruption, is viewed by at least one PPRuNer as "progress".
 
Old 10th Oct 2014, 18:18
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Seaking of that, I'm waiting for him and his "Tag Team Trolls" to respond.



Sorry, just couldn't help myself.



By the way guys, I don't think you are TTTs anymore than we are.
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Old 14th Oct 2014, 19:24
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More good news from people's paradise.

Cuba cracks down on goods in air passengers? luggage | Toronto Star


Hundreds of thousands of Cubans and Cuban-Americans fly to and from the island each year thanks to the liberalization of U.S. and Cuban travel rules over the last five years. Their Cuba-bound checked baggage has become a continuous airlift that hauls nearly $2 billion a year worth of car tires, flat-screen televisions, blue jeans, underwear and shampoo to an island where consumer goods are frequently shoddy, scarce and expensive*.

That could change on Monday, however, when the Cuban government enacts new rules meant to take a big bite of that traffic, sharply limiting the amount of goods people can bring into Cuba in their luggage, and ship by boat from abroad. The Cuban government says the restrictions are meant to curb abuses that have turned air travel in particular into a way for professional “mules” to illegally import supplies for both black-market businesses and legal private enterprises that are supposed to buy supplies from the state.



* But not lettuce...
 
Old 14th Oct 2014, 19:48
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Some day Cubans will throw off the yoke of Socialism. When that happens they will astonish us with their enterprise. Look what happened in China!

In the mean time we will hold the vigil until the Castros are gone and their iron fist no longer holds the aspirations of hard-working, freedom-seeking Cubans in check.

It's not the US that keeps Cuba in chains, despite what the left will tell you.

When Cuba is freed from Socialism, let the good times roll!
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Old 14th Oct 2014, 20:34
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Con,

I question if a really sustainable economy can really be built on something as susceptible to outside influences as tourism?
Malta is an example, is it not?



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Old 14th Oct 2014, 20:35
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So BenThere, why dont you invade the place and set them free?
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Old 14th Oct 2014, 20:37
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Look what happened in China!
The throwers-off of the yoke were mercilessly crushed. Or have I missed something.

I returned form Cuba today. I'd rather live there than China (where I haven't been, it has to be said).
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Old 14th Oct 2014, 20:38
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Our Caribbean island invading PPRuNer seems to be MIA, these days.
 
Old 14th Oct 2014, 20:39
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That's not our way, JH. We don't invade regimes we don't like without cause.

In China, Capitalism has conquered Socialism. The freedom of the Capitalists is yet to be attained, but it's coming. China won't survive as a totalitarian state. Of this I am sure.
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Old 14th Oct 2014, 20:40
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Originally Posted by charliegolf View Post

I returned form Cuba today.
How's the lettuce?
 
Old 14th Oct 2014, 20:44
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That's not our way, JH. We don't invade regimes we don't like without cause.
Iraq for example....
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Old 14th Oct 2014, 20:47
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John, your beloved UN created a shitload of cause with their resolutions.
 
Old 14th Oct 2014, 20:53
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JH, you stumbled on that one, didn't you?
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Old 15th Oct 2014, 01:47
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Ben There, not really, I had a few to choose from (countries that the US invaded on some pretext to displace a government they did not like).
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Old 15th Oct 2014, 04:36
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My impression of Cuba is that the average peasant and urban dweller lives substantially better than the folks on the other side of the Windward Passage - and likely better than many countries to the South.

The more ambitious will do better elsewhere.

Lately Cuba has taken to extorting large sums from foreign businessmen and tossing them into jail.

That's one sure way to turn off the foreign investment tap
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Old 15th Oct 2014, 17:30
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I returned form Cuba today.
How's that big speed bump in the middle of the runway where the railroad tracks used to run? Did they ever do anything about that?

The railroad tracks were there the first few years I flew into Havana, then they removed the tracks*, but the speed bump they left there was damn near just a bad.


* I really think they just paved over the tracks, in spite of what they told us.
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Old 15th Oct 2014, 17:46
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JH,

Why would we invade a country we like? We're not colonizers, after all.
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Old 15th Oct 2014, 18:06
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Why would we invade a country we like? We're not colonizers, after all.
No, you are rebel colonists.
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Old 15th Oct 2014, 18:19
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Exactly. We eschewed colonialism and worked to end it after WWII.
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We eschewed colonialism and worked to end it after WWII.
How did that work out for ya eh?
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