Wednesday, November 01, 2006

News from an embargoed island

For more than 45 years, the Castro regime and its apologists around the world have blamed the US commercial embargo for just about everything that has gone wrong with the Cuban economy.

And plenty has gone wrong … but let's not get sidetracked.

So, what are we to make of the following figures, released by the Cuban Minister for External Trade, Raul de la Nuez, at the opening of the Havana International Trade Fair yesterday?

The minister announced that 800 companies from 48 countries have exhibits at the Fair which, he said, was proof that the embargo “has failed to achieve its objective of isolating us from other nations”.

He crowed that at least 100 of the companies represented at the Fair were American.

As for trade with the US, de la Nuez proudly told reporters that Cuba expected to import more than US$500 million worth of American goods this year, including chicken, rice, beans, wheat, apples, eggs, powdered milk and lumber.


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