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The US-Cuba embargo created a bizarre world

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Post by Lobo Sat 27 Jun 2015, 3:57 pm


 The US-Cuba embargo created a bizarre world Cuban-waiter
Flickr/Aatu Outinen Tourism is a huge part of the Cuban economy.

The US-Cuba embargo created a bizarre world where waiters and artists are the richest people


After more than 50 years of halted diplomatic relations between Cuba and the US, President Barack Obama announced last year that the situation would finally start to normalize. 
"We will end an outdated approach that for decades has failed to advance our interests," he said in a speech at the White House.
The embargo, however, didn't just fail to advance US interests. It turned Cuba's social structure completely upside-down.
In Cuba today, native Cuban and renowned photographer Tony Mendoza  tells Business Insider, waiters and artists sit at the top of the socioeconomic ladder. "It's a hilarious society because ... these people are the classes that are the wealthiest individuals," he explains. 
[size=15]Ironically, Fidel Castro, equally a socialist and a nationalist, sought to elevate the working man — every working man. In reality, his rebellion in 1959 sparked years of political and economic suppression.

As a result, the incentive structure of Cuban society ended up being all wrong.
First of all, according to Mendoza, waiters in Cuba receive tips directly from tourists, which boosts their incomes. In general, tourism, a "nonstate" sector, is essential to Cuba's economy . In 2012, 2.8 million visitors flooded the country, accounting for nearly $3 billion in revenue. With the embargo lifting, American tourists can soon join the fun.
Similarly, Mendoza says Cuba has permitted artists to hold exhibitions abroad, free of the government's watchful eyes. "They're the cultural reps of Cuba," Mendoza says. According to him, artists keep about 50% of their earnings. 
"The embargo was a disaster because the people who were free of kissing the government's ass and who were independent of the government salary were the wealthiest," Mendoza adds.
Aside from those two careers, most people receive a state salary of $20 a month.  "Everybody has to break the law to survive. There is no more morality," Mendoza explains. "Because $20 is not enough."
For example, if you work at a gas station, you might siphon off some gas during the day to sell later. Or contractors often steal concrete blocks. "Everybody does it," Mendoza says. 
 The US-Cuba embargo created a bizarre world Castro-birthday-cuba-1996
REUTERS/Diario GranmaCuban President Fidel Castro is shown blowing out the candles on his 70th birthday cake in this file photo in Havana, Aug. 13, 1996.
In 1996, when Mendoza went back to his homeland for the first time since leaving in 1960, he flew into Santiago and hired a driver to travel to Havana. Not once did his driver stop at a gas station for fuel. He would pull up in front of random houses, make small talk, and then the resident would grab a small tank of gas and fill the car. 
Julia Cooke also chronicled Cuba's bizarre transformation in her 2013 book "The Other Side of Paradise: Life In The New Cuba ." 
"In order to get any simple commodity, you have to figure who's selling it, and who needs to be buying it," she explained to NPR . One of her friends gave her the phone number of a black-market food provider who sold blue cheese, parmesan cheese, serrano ham, and smoked salmon. 
At this point, Cuba didn't really have a choice  other than to kiss and make up with the US because the country's entire economy perpetually sits on the brink of collapse. 
"When I came back," Mendoza says," it was so clear to me that the embargo was a disaster, and it didn't work. [/size]


Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/us-cuba-embargo-was-a-disaster-2015-6#ixzz3eHgHCdaE
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Post by weslin3 Sat 27 Jun 2015, 4:49 pm

Glad that it is over with for the Cuban's and I always wanted to visit Cuba to see Hemingway's home down there. Whether I ever make it or not.. It is could that I can if I wish.
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Post by Lobo Sat 27 Jun 2015, 5:52 pm

I'm going to be positive and wish you a great trip.
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Post by weslin3 Sat 27 Jun 2015, 6:59 pm

Don't worry. Probably won't ever make it.... I have always found Cuba fascinating.
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Post by Lobo Sat 27 Jun 2015, 7:29 pm

Weslin, stop - being negative is not allowed.  Ask the Lord to help you plan your trip - He knows everything - trust Him.  When I feel down, I hear Him say to me "Trust Me" - He walked me through cancer 15 years ago and I am planning to have a long, happy, wealthy life - I TRUST HIM.  He is so good.  

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Post by weslin3 Sun 28 Jun 2015, 12:13 am

Doesn't have to do with being negative nor not having trust in Our Father, just might get put on back burner... I'm just a laid back person and I might get it done or may not.  flower
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Post by Lobo Sun 28 Jun 2015, 10:37 am

OK, I understand   8

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