Cuba’s Castro dictatorship coercing U.S. in direct mail talks
Cuba Keeps Coercing U.S. on Direct Mail
Direct mail to Cuba was authorized by Congress under the 1992 Cuba Democracy Act.
Since that time, there have been multiple direct talks with the Castro regime on this issue, to no avail.
The Castro regime has repeatedly sought to coerce the U.S. into unmerited bilateral talks, but has yet to allow direct mail from the U.S. to enter Cuba.
(Unmerited due to an American hostage being held in Cuba, weapons smuggling to North Korea and increased repression against its citizens.)
If they were serious about this issue, they would have permitted direct U.S. mail to enter Cuba long ago.
Yet, the U.S. keeps playing right along.
Speaking of Cuban mail, here's an instructive story this week from the United Kingdom (which surely can't the U.S. embargo's fault):
Cuba postcards take 28 months to get to UK
Life in the Caribbean generally does move at a slower pace than on our fair island.
But that was taken to extremes recently when a postcard from Cuba dropped through the door of a Joanna and David Read were delighted to have the unexpected mail from Havana, but also a tad puzzled.
The card, depicting a picture of the Hotel Inglaterra in Cuba's capital City, had been written by their neighbours, Jan and Richard Long, who had visited the country more than two years previously.
In spite of having the correct amount of stamp postage and airmail sticker, it seems that the Cuban postal system failed to deliver not just this card, but five others to family and friends, all of whom received their belated mail last Saturday - taking 28 months to get to the destinations in the UK.
After much amusement, the group has concluded they will never complain about the British postal system again, said Jan.