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23 May, 2011


 "Tourist travel is already technically permitted, but an onerous,
 expensive bureaucratic process effectively halts all but select Castro loyalists from leaving.  --
The new " openning" is only a new form of extorsion against the relatives or friends of those who are living on the island-gulag.
 It is a new formula to rip off  more money from the  cubans abroad since  the cubans
 -- on the island  -- do not have the hard currency needed for those  "tourist" trips.
 I mean, this  WOULD BE  in the case  the regime  keeps  its "formula" for getting its hands on more divisas : USA dollars or EUROS.
I  believe that there  would be no changes in that  scam and extorsionist  scheme.

They will ask , to  the  would be "tourists",  to PAY IN U.S. DOLLAR$ OR IN EURO$  if they want to go  on a ""tourist trip"" .
It all fall from the  "tree"   of 
 logics , that if cubans do not have employments
( 500,000 of them are now without jobs) and if  those
still  kept at their jobs , with  their salaries not  high enough to pay  for their tickets  which will be  purchasable -- ONLY -- in  Dollars or Euros but  converted in  special Pesos.

How  will they be able to pay all the red tape  and their  tickets in those hard currencies and where from  are they going to get any of those  two hard currency money ???

Of course , we cubans who have been 50 yrs. studying , analyzing and fighting that regime, we  know  where the money to those cubans on the island will come from : the cubans  in the Diaspora . From The USA, Europe and some other nations like Canada, Mexico etc.

And this is a fact , we can see the scheme and the extorsion behind this "other reform"  or "opportunities"  for the  cubans  in the gulag to  travel as "tourists" 

Here below another  commentary on the same subject  : the "reforms"...SIC !
Damned professor Arch Ritter.!

What this apologetical professor of Carleton University in Ottawa did not mention ,when he comments on the housing deals approved recently in the gulag , is the fact that all those houses, apartment buildings and all the rest of the cuban real state sector was "confiscated " ....stolen ,is the best word to put it, were private properties. So what about the real or true owners ?

The other factor and most important , which he did not mention is the fact that there is a lack of housing dating back to 1975 and up to this very same day.

That the calculated needs in housing for the people is estimated to over 3 million units or dwellings.

that...Since 1961 on, the regime did not allowed any private construction or ownership of any real state or land properties. In a country where 40,000 construction workers used to earn their can be seen in the many buildings built during the decade of the 1950-59 .

Finally the last and not the least is the dramatical ,tragical and difficult conditions in which THREE FAMILIE'S GENERATIONSshare the same small, uninhabitable spaces ( dwellings ) WITHOUT ANY HOPES OF CHANGE

It is hard to explain or describe to any person who does not live in Cuba, what those folks in those ""homes"" are suffering and enduring for years, decades now.

For instance :

Where crowded members -- very often -- three generation families share the same roof over their heads.

Where water supply is missing most of the day....Where electric power is some hours a day off...

Where the toilts "facility" is share by several dozens of THREE GENERATION FAMILIES...


So much for the hundreds of situational facts that these professors, "" experts on Cuba things""will not talk about, neither know a damned about ...or even if that were the case are not willing to expose the miseries brought upon 11 millions cubans by the mafiosi regime that has been dictating over the cubans for over half a century.
Peter Martori

Cuban Government Outlines Steps Toward a Freer Market


Published: May 9, 2011

MEXICO CITY — For the first time since the Communist revolution 52 years ago, Cubans will be allowed to buy and sell houses and newer automobiles, and they may be able to travel abroad as tourists more freely, under policy changes announced Monday that are intended to shake up the country’s foundering economy.

Cubans lined up at kiosks to pay the equivalent of 12 cents for booklets outlining 313 guidelines approved at a historic Communist Party congress last month.

The publication lacked many details on what restrictions, taxes and other potential roadblocks the initiatives might include, according to reporters in Havana who purchased it. It was not available online and details on how the changes will be carried out will probably not be known until Cuba’s legislature codifies them in the coming months.
But analysts said that simply bringing into the open what had been a black market of house and automobile swaps could be one of the most significant changes to the economy in decades and could inject badly needed cash into the system.
Many Cubans hardly ever move, and they often are stuck driving crumbling Soviet-era cars bought from state dealers. Individuals are permitted to sell cars made before the 1959 revolution, but only to another owner.

“These are very important steps,” said Arch Ritter, an economist at Carleton University in Ottawa who studies Cuba. “To have a housing market, for example, will be of tremendous importance to Cuban citizens, because there hasn’t been a market in 50 years. In Cuba, people are born in the same house they die in.”
Cuban expatriates in the United States have closely followed the changes, eyeing the potential to snap up real estate through relatives on the island, though it remains to be seen if the government will put brakes on foreign ownership or financing.

Many of these changes are already under way, announced in a number of speeches by President Raúl Castro over the past several months. In the speeches, Mr. Castro declared that Cuba, hit hard by the global recession, deteriorating sugar market and, the government says, repercussions of the United States’ economic embargo, must move from an almost entirely state-based economy toward one allowing at least a little more free enterprise.

Mr. Castro has vowed to maintain socialism while taking steps like expanding the ranks of the self-employed and increasing the leasing of state land for private farming, all subject to heavy taxation.

But the publication released Monday included new or seldom-discussed nuggets. One was an effort to promote formation of cooperatives that The Associated Press reported could function as midsize companies, selling products directly to consumers.

The document also said leaders should “study a policy that allows Cubans living in the country to travel abroad as tourists.” Tourist travel is already technically permitted, but an onerous, expensive bureaucratic process effectively halts all but select Castro loyalists from leaving.

A version of this article appeared in print on May 10, 2011, on page A11 of the
 New York edition with the headline: Cuban Government Outlines Steps Toward
 a Freer Market.

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