The Obama We Are Creating

Illustration by Yasser Castellanos

el Obama que estamos creando

HAVANA TIMES — The historic trip of US president Barack Obama to Cuba is right around the corner (March 21-22). Beyond the fixing up of building facades and filling pot holes to present the best of the capital to the illustrious guest and his delegation, many Cubans have their individual and collective expectations fixed on the possible tangible effects of the visit.


11 thoughts on “The Obama We Are Creating

  • August 28, 2016 at 6:02 pm

    Just to point out Lou B that the car producing Korea you refer to is the democratic South Korea with a GDP per capita of $25,980 compared with North Korea where the Kim family communist dictatorship represented currently with the dangerously infantile Kim Jung Un who likes playing with nuclear toys and has succeeded even more effectively than the Castros in Cuba, in keeping his subjects in penury with a GDP per capita of $621.

  • March 15, 2016 at 10:39 am

    I agree with Moses’ comments. While the U.S. embargo has existed for 58 years I can tell you there has been foreign trade with Cuba. Today, in Cuba, you’ll see cars from Japan, Korea, France, Spain and China.

    The lifting of the embargo will help the Cubans and they do welcome the coming change. It will take some time for the embargo to benefit the people. After all, the populace can’t afford to purchase anything.
    Although the Castros have already announced a successor, real change is not likely to happen until the Castros are gone.

  • March 11, 2016 at 10:51 am

    Thrive? Probably not. Beyond the propaganda, the embargo has had very little direct effect on the Cuban economy. The Castros are free to do business with every country in the world save one. Tourists from every country except the US have unrestricted access. You have been drinking the Castro kool-aid too long. There is very little preventing the Castro economy from thriving now, except of course, the Castros themselves.

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