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Cuba seeks to buy US materials for Ike recovery
AP on Yahoo ^ | 9/11/08 | Anita Snow - ap

Posted on 09/11/2008 11:38:53 AM PDT by NormsRevenge

HAVANA – Cuba has turned down U.S. storm relief handouts, but is asking for trade restrictions to be lifted so it can buy American materials to assist in its recovery from Hurricane Ike, officials said Thursday.

"Cuba hasn't asked the United States government to give it anything," the Foreign Ministry said in a statement ...

(Excerpt) Read more at news.yahoo.com ...


TOPICS: Cuba; Foreign Affairs; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: castro; cuba; fidel; humanitarianrelief; ike; materials; recovery; trade

1 posted on 09/11/2008 11:38:53 AM PDT by NormsRevenge
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South Africa Thursday said it has given its 2008 humanitarian award
to former Cuban president Fidel Castro, seen here in 2006,
for his contributions to "humankind beyond boundaries."(AFP/File/Juan Mabromata)


2 posted on 09/11/2008 11:40:27 AM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Mencken would puke at the output of most of today’s media “muckrakers”.)
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oops, caption correction bold-wise. should have been

South Africa Thursday said it has given its 2008 humanitarian award
to former Cuban president Fidel Castro, seen here in 2006,
for his contributions to "humankind beyond boundaries."
(AFP/File/Juan Mabromata)

3 posted on 09/11/2008 11:42:50 AM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Mencken would puke at the output of most of today’s media “muckrakers”.)
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View of houses damaged by Hurricane Gustav in Nueva Gerona, Cuba. Cuba's longtime leader Fidel Castro said Gustav hit his country like a nuclear blast, and estimated it would take three to four billion dollars to cope with the emergency. (AFP/Claudia Daut)


4 posted on 09/11/2008 11:48:16 AM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Mencken would puke at the output of most of today’s media “muckrakers”.)
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To: NormsRevenge

Seems reasonable to me.


5 posted on 09/11/2008 11:51:18 AM PDT by onedoug ( Barracuda!)
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To: NormsRevenge

I heard some moron commenting on a news broadcast that Cuba is struggling to cope with the storm because of the U.S. embargo against Cuba. Did this reporter know that every other country can, and does, trade with Cuba?


6 posted on 09/11/2008 11:58:27 AM PDT by aruanan
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To: NormsRevenge

Siento mucho, pero no.


7 posted on 09/11/2008 12:06:30 PM PDT by zek157
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To: aruanan

Since Cuba’s money is worthless, what would be the method of payment ?


8 posted on 09/11/2008 12:14:21 PM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: Eric in the Ozarks
Since Cuba’s money is worthless, what would be the method of payment ?

I suggest the following:

Cuban Rum.

Cuban cigars.

That is all.

L

9 posted on 09/11/2008 12:16:22 PM PDT by Lurker (She's not a lesbian, she doesn't whine, she doesn't hate her country, and she's not afraid of guns.)
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To: Lurker

Cuban Baseball Players?

Or is that illegal?


10 posted on 09/11/2008 12:25:23 PM PDT by stefanbatory (Palin/Cleese '12)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks
Since Cuba’s money is worthless, what would be the method of payment ?

Cuba ships tobacco and rum in exchange for foreign currency. They used to ship soldiers, too. In Cuba, so I've heard, people want to get paid in foreign currency which they can use to buy stuff within their own economy.
11 posted on 09/11/2008 12:33:39 PM PDT by aruanan
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To: NormsRevenge
This is Castro's Cuba

BEFORE

it was hit by Hurricane Ike...

This was Cuba

BEFORE

it was hit by

HURRICANCE CASTRO

in 1959...

Courtesy of TheRealCuba.com

12 posted on 09/11/2008 1:08:49 PM PDT by The Bronze Titan
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To: cll
ping

So this is the "worker's paradise" the independentistas want for Puerto Rico.

13 posted on 09/11/2008 1:21:13 PM PDT by rrstar96 (Strength and Honor!)
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To: The Bronze Titan

Amazing photos. Thanks for posting.


14 posted on 09/11/2008 1:21:46 PM PDT by Liberty Valance (9-11-01 Never Forget)
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To: NormsRevenge
"Cuba hasn't asked the United States government to give it anything," the Foreign Ministry said in the Communist Party newspaper Granma. "Simply that it lets us buy."

Because the houses of the government/party bosses need some repairs.

In any event, the request puts the Cuban government in somewhat of a dilemma. It has to swallow its anti-Yankee/anti-capitalist pride and acknowledge it needs the U.S. to rebuild.

15 posted on 09/11/2008 1:32:28 PM PDT by rrstar96 (Strength and Honor!)
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To: The Bronze Titan

Of course there was poverty and corruption under Batista (where in Latin America do you find neither?), and yet pre-Castro Cuba was prosperous enough and enjoying favor from the U.S.


16 posted on 09/11/2008 1:36:54 PM PDT by rrstar96 (Strength and Honor!)
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To: NormsRevenge

If the first 40 years of sanction didn’t work, why not try another 40 years?


17 posted on 09/11/2008 1:58:29 PM PDT by Eagle Eye (She has a stronger resume than Obama. She's been a real mayor, he hasn't. She has been a real govern)
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To: aruanan
There's news reports that after a deal is struck with the Cubans (you can only deal with the government) suppliers must take inflated-value barter goods and be short-paid by 15 or 20 percent.
18 posted on 09/11/2008 5:01:22 PM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks
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