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President Bush Announces New Policy on Cuba

Moments ago, President Bush announced a landmark policy change with regard to Cuba. Americans will now be able to send cell phones to Cubans. It's a change that Bush hopes will encourage the new regime of Raul Castro to increase freedom of expression for Cuban citizens

The announcement was made in a speech intended to mark Cuba's 106th anniversary of independence. I'm a political speech aficionado, and don't usually cotton to the simpler prose preferred by Bush — but this one had the prints of a new scribe all over it. To see what he said,

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Bush said (and I'm paraphrasing closely, the text isn't online yet):

Now that Cubans can have cell phones, let's make sure they have the freedom to express themselves. Now that Cubans can buy DVD players, let's make sure they can watch movies made by Cuban artists who are allowed to speak freely. Now that Cubans can buy computers, let's give them unrestricted access to the Internet. Now that they can buy toasters, let's make sure they don't have to worry about being able to afford bread to put in it.

I thought it summed up the dichotomy of the advancing freedoms and the work left nicely. Now that the change has been announced, the administration is waiting to see if Cuba will allow the phones to enter. The White House was careful to say that the change is not a loosening of the US economic embargo against Cuba, but a change in regulations. Is this a step in the right direction? Are cell phones the answer to building a new relationship with Cuba?

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UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
Well, now that Fidel is gone, maybe he's making a gesture of goodwill with the new leader.
flutterpie flutterpie 8 years
wasnt one of the first things he did as president was restrict travel to cuba and strengthen the trade embargo? interesting
supercharger5150 supercharger5150 8 years
Since we give them cell phones, can we get prescription drugs from them?
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 8 years
The new Castro government is a lot more open than the former. Hell they even celebrated a gay pride of sorts that shocked the hell out of me.
kmwerts kmwerts 8 years
Ah . . . CNN explained everything to mehttp://www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/05/21/bush.cuba/index.html?eref=rss_usNew Castro decided to let people use cell phonesBut cell phones are too expensive for most peopleSo Bush says now we can send them cell phones, because apparently we couldn't before.Cool. Sounds good to me.
kmwerts kmwerts 8 years
Ah . . . CNN explained everything to me http://www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/05/21/bush.cuba/index.html?eref=rss_us New Castro decided to let people use cell phones But cell phones are too expensive for most people So Bush says now we can send them cell phones, because apparently we couldn't before. Cool. Sounds good to me.
kmwerts kmwerts 8 years
From that snippet, it doesn't sound like he's wanting to send cell phones or anything to Cuba. It just sounds like he's trying to 'encourage' Castro to allow the citizens more freedoms. Nice, but it's talk. I also don't understand about the cell phones. It sounds like individuals can mail cell phones to Cuba. Were they not allowed to do this before, or were cell phones illegal in Cuba? I can understand that American cell phone companies aren't allowed to send phones down there (embargo and all that), but what about everyone else? Is there a world embargo on cell phones to Cuba? What a weird news story . . .
kmwerts kmwerts 8 years
From that snippet, it doesn't sound like he's wanting to send cell phones or anything to Cuba. It just sounds like he's trying to 'encourage' Castro to allow the citizens more freedoms. Nice, but it's talk.I also don't understand about the cell phones. It sounds like individuals can mail cell phones to Cuba. Were they not allowed to do this before, or were cell phones illegal in Cuba? I can understand that American cell phone companies aren't allowed to send phones down there (embargo and all that), but what about everyone else? Is there a world embargo on cell phones to Cuba?What a weird news story . . .
Jillness Jillness 8 years
I think that this is a unique choice to make...overall I think it is a step in the right direction. Not so sure why they chose cell phones over all other routes, but I can't really complain.
Jillness Jillness 8 years
I think that this is a unique choice to make...overall I think it is a step in the right direction. Not so sure why they chose cell phones over all other routes, but I can't really complain.
MarinerMandy MarinerMandy 8 years
I think small steps are what Cuba needs right now, and this is positive. I think Raul Castro does seem to have a vision of bring Cuba up in the world, but he's making small, incremental changes which will make the transition easier in the long run.
Bettyesque Bettyesque 8 years
Im sorry but I think throwing around words like impeachment and root of all destruction are tad harsh myself.Sorry but this is no place for thin skin.
Bettyesque Bettyesque 8 years
Im sorry but I think throwing around words like impeachment and root of all destruction are tad harsh myself. Sorry but this is no place for thin skin.
mondaymoos mondaymoos 8 years
Mm... cuban cigars. I'm such a hypocrite. I brag all the time to my fast-food, boozin', smokin' friend about how I only have one vice (ahh... beer. How I love thee...) but I love cigars for special occasions. :D
Bettyesque Bettyesque 8 years
What about Cigars ... can we get those yet? .. I want a schmoke :bossy: lol
terryt18 terryt18 8 years
Hehe...exactly stephley.
terryt18 terryt18 8 years
Hehe...exactly stephley.
stephley stephley 8 years
Just refer all diplomacy matters to marketing.
mondaymoos mondaymoos 8 years
Hmm.. yadiet... I think perhaps you should read the article before going on an anti-bush rant... The man is APPROVING sending cell phones over. Goodness.
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
<b>He is the root cause for all the destruction happening everywhere~~!!</b>Wow. I didn't realize all the destrucion could be blamed on a single person. Does this mean that if we get rid of Bush, the destruction would stop? I really hope you don't believe that.
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
He is the root cause for all the destruction happening everywhere~~!! Wow. I didn't realize all the destrucion could be blamed on a single person. Does this mean that if we get rid of Bush, the destruction would stop? I really hope you don't believe that.
cine_lover cine_lover 8 years
It is easy for who to say no to the cell phones?
syako syako 8 years
:rotfl: m3
syako syako 8 years
:rotfl: m3
syako syako 8 years
so you like his new plan but still want him impeached? or did I read all this wrong?
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