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Pictures of Hurricane Gustav, Cuba Dissidents Ask For Embargo Lift

Castro's Critics Ask Bush to Lift Embargo For Hurricane Relief

Two prominent Communist dissidents in Cuba delivered a letter to the US Interests Section in Havana yesterday, addressed to President Bush. Marta Beatriz Roque and Vladimiro Roca pleaded with Bush to ease the American ban on travel and money transfers to Cuba, after Hurricane Gustav left the country's buildings and electricity infrastructure damaged and many people homeless.

The letter explained:

Knowing how intransigent the Cuban government is about accepting help from your country . . . we ask that you permit American non-governmental organizations to help the region so as to soothe the suffering of its inhabitants.

Russia has already sent aid, welcomed by Cuban officials, hinting at a revival of traditional Cold War relations. Perhaps lifting the ban, an act of placing humanitarian over political interests, could also give the US a geopolitical advantage. After all, it would be a PR blow to the Communist regime when people in the US have to step in to help its own people.


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bento-barista bento-barista 8 years
Not everyone in Cuba is a communist.
raciccarone raciccarone 8 years
Where's your godless communism now?
MartiniLush MartiniLush 8 years
Awww, thanks Bella! You know I think you are pretty great, yourself! :hug:
bellaressa bellaressa 8 years
MartiniLush--you're the best!
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
Thanks for the info. I'll take a look at that.
MartiniLush MartiniLush 8 years
UnDave, that is an intriguing idea about letting NGOs go in. Did you know that USAID is already active in Cuba? I didn't until I just did a google search! Here is a link if you are interested.... http://www.usaid.gov/locations/latin_america_caribbean/country/cuba/
MartiniLush MartiniLush 8 years
I second your comment, steph! Cheers! :cocktail:And :rotfl: @ fuzzles!!!
MartiniLush MartiniLush 8 years
I second your comment, steph! Cheers! :cocktail: And :rotfl: @ fuzzles!!!
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
I have mixed feelings about this. I would like to see us establish better relations (because I want some good cigars), but I would like to see Cuba become a true democracy. I guess in the end we should allow the non-governmental agencies, like Luthern World Relief, go to help.
sw33tlovin sw33tlovin 8 years
this is sad. i think putting political views aside would be great, but i don't think that's how washington works. political issues get ignored when the u.s. wants something from that other country. guess they haven't found something in cuba that has interested them yet.
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 8 years
*giggle*
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 8 years
*giggle*
fuzzles fuzzles 8 years
I think I can be friends with Libya, but I don't know about labya. At least, not intimately. ;)
nyaradzom2001 nyaradzom2001 8 years
lol if we can be friends with labya, lol good one steph
stephley stephley 8 years
If we can be friends with Libya... People in need are people in need - the lives of people living in a communist country are just as important/sacred as people living in a democracy.
stephley stephley 8 years
If we can be friends with Libya... People in need are people in need - the lives of people living in a communist country are just as important/sacred as people living in a democracy.
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