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Fidel: US Owes Cuba Millions In Reparations For Embargo

No doubt Kerry will offer to give them a down payment on all the money that we owe them, when he visits on Friday.

From the Agence France Press:

Fidel Castro to US: you owe us millions

August 13, 2015

Havana (AFP) – Fidel Castro marked his 89th birthday Thursday by insisting the United States owes Cuba "many millions of dollars" because of the half-century-old American trade embargo. Castro spoke out in an essay published in local media a day before US Secretary of State John Kerry makes a historic visit to Cuba to reopen the US embassy as part of the countries’ restoration of diplomatic relations.

The trade embargo that the United States slapped on communist Cuba in 1962, three years after Castro seized power by ousting a US-backed regime, remains in effect despite the thawing.

Nowhere in this AFP article is it ever mentioned why the US put an embargo on Cuba. Why is that?

President Barack Obama wants Congress to lift it, although US officials say this will take time and is not an automatic part of the restoration of ties as it requires congressional action…

But don’t worry. Obama will find a way to bypass Congress and the law. He always does.

Castro wrote: "Cuba is owed compensation equivalent to damages, which total many millions of dollars, as our country has stated with irrefutable arguments and data in all of its speeches at the United Nations."

Oh, they have proved their claims with speeches to the UN? Well, okay then.

He did not go into detail on precisely how much money he reckons Washington owes Havana. The Americans are also claiming compensation for US-owned property, such as real estate, that was confiscated when Castro took power.

That’s all the AFP has to say about Castro’s theft of US property back in the days of Eisenhower.

Castro made no mention either of Kerry’s visit to reopen the embassy, a step that comes eight months after Obama and Castro’s successor and brother Raul announced plans to restore relations…

No doubt Kerry will offer to give them a down payment on all the money that we owe them.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, August 13th, 2015. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “Fidel: US Owes Cuba Millions In Reparations For Embargo”

  1. BannedbytheTaliban says:

    To communists like Obama and Castro, there is no such thing as private property. So arguing with them about how much Cuba still owes US citizens is fool’s errand.

  2. captstubby says:

    and maybe Kerry could visit the Nationalized Hemingway Estate.

    Finca Vigía
    the home of Ernest Hemingway.

    “Hemingway left Cuba in mid-1960, and the Cuban home that he had lived in for over twenty years.

    In the fall of 1960 the Cuban government expropriated a great deal of foreign property, and the U.S. government broke off relations with Cuba in October 1960 and imposed a partial financial embargo. After the Bay of Pigs invasion in April 1961 and Cuba’s announcement that it was a Communist state in May, relations between Cuba and the U.S. deteriorated further.

    Hemingway was being treated for severe depression in the U.S. through the first half of 1961, and the Hemingways could not return to Cuba. Hemingway committed suicide in Idaho on July 2, 1961.

    The official Cuban government account is
    that after Hemingway’s death, Mary Hemingway deeded the home, complete with furnishings and library, to the Cuban people,
    which made it into a museum devoted to the author. Mary Hemingway,
    however, stated that after Hemingway’s suicide, the Cuban government contacted her in Idaho and announced that it intended to expropriate the house, along with all real property in Cuba.
    Mary Hemingway negotiated with the Castro government for certain easily movable personal property (some paintings and a few books), plus manuscripts deposited in a vault in Havana.
    Most of their personal property, with no way to move it out of the country at the time, had to be abandoned.

    The home, claimed to be in danger of collapse by the US National Trust for Historic Preservation, was restored by the Cuban government and reopened to tourists in 2007. Even so, it has been listed as one of the 11 most-endangered historic sites, despite being outside the US. Also, it is on the World Monuments Fund’s biennial list of “100 most endangered sites”. Significant disputes and controversies have arisen over the condition of the house and its contents, although researchers who have visited the estate return with consistent claims that the Cuban government, while lacking funding from the US, has responsibly maintained the house, contents, 38 ft (12 m) fishing boat Pilar, and the grounds, since the Revolution.

    In a June 2008 newspaper article, Irish thriller writer Adrian McKinty alleged that during a visit to the house,
    a Cuban secret policeman offered him any book in Hemingway’s library for $200.

    In 1997, when the ship’s wheel of Pilar was stolen, the thief was caught and the wheel returned to the museum and reinstalled on the boat. The directora, Gladys Rodriguez, told me in an interview in her office that she did not know the fate of the thief, but said that she too had read published reports of “offers” to buy Hemingway’s Royal typewriter for a large sum but had the typewriter, on display, and had received no offers to buy it, closing by noting that nothing in the museum is for sale.”

    Wikipedia

    Hemingway was on good terms with the Cuban government.
    In the fall of 1960 the Cuban government expropriated a great deal of foreign property, and the U.S. government broke off relations with Cuba in October 1960 and imposed a partial financial embargo.
    yet even he could read the writing on the wall,
    and quickly withdrew his monetary assets from Cuban banks.
    he idealistically ,and paradoxically supported the” Rebels”,
    not the Communists or Fascists.
    and we all know how those things turn out.

    the Spanish Civil War must have must have taken a lot of booze for him to rationalist it to his way of thinking.


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