Policies On Cuba Essay

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Policies on Cuba

In Juan Rulfo's novel, Pedro Paramo, the reader follows a dusty road to a town of death, where the following is said ÓUp and down the hill we went, but always descending . We had left the hot wind behind and were sinking into pure, airless heat. The stillness seem to be waiting for someone. ÔIt's hot here Ô I said ÔYou might say, but this is nothing'. My companion relied. ÔTry to take it easy. You'll feel it even more when we get to Comala. That town sits on the coals of the Earth, at the very mouth of Hell. They say that when people from there die and go to Hell, they come back for blankets.'Ó
This was the view many Americans had of Cuba in the late fifties and sixties. Cuba was seen as
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Cuba and the Soviet Union started a relationship in which Cuba benefited the most.
Like many relationships, Cuba's and the Soviet Union's ended after thirty years of Cold War with the collapse of the Soviet Union, and the economic stability of Cuba. In 1991 as the Soviet Union disappeared and the former
Eastern Bloc countries struggled for their own existence the future of Cuba once again was questioned. Subsidies, favorable trade agreements, economic and military aid from these countries disappeared.
In the early 90's Cuba lost their only major economic connection to the outside world. By 1992 the total value of trade turnover (imports plus exports) with Eastern Bloc countries had been reduced to 7% of what it had been just 3 years previously. The price of its two major exports, sugar and nickel had dropped 20 and 28 per cent, respectively, on the world market. At this time the
United States instead of offering Castro a dignified way out of Cuba's massive problems by loosening the 30 year old trade embargo instead insisted on furthering tightening it with the 1992 Cuba Democracy Act. This act not only made it more difficult for American companies to deal with Cuba but also set out to punish foreign companies that had dealings with the island nation.
As Communism fell in Europe and Asian Communist countries started to become a little more open once again the death of Fidel Castro's Cuba was being predicted as the United States led another attack on it's economic
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