“Brave Cuban Dissidents Attacked!”..Blah..Blah–”Record Repression!” Blah..Blah. Let’s cut the crap. Here’s what counts:
El Relajo kicks into high gear:
Even though 98,050 Americans traveled to Cuba in 2012 on people-to-people tours designed to increase links with the Cuban people, and almost as many took the tours through Nov. 15, 2013, Cuban-Americans visiting family members, and increasingly to do business in Cuba, account for the majority of the trips.
During 2012, 475,936 Cuban-Americans traveled to the island; through Nov. 15, 2013, the figure was 471,994, making it likely the 2012 number was surpassed by the end of the year.
Miami-based The Havana Consulting Group estimates that combined number of Cuban-American and people-to-people travelers will probably exceed 600,000 in 2013 — a boost for Cuba, which experienced a slowdown in European travel last year.
As often mentioned here at Babalu: the cash-flow from the U.S. to Cuba nowadays (primarily issuing from Cuban immigrants to the U.S. and made possible by Presidential orders) EXCEEDS Soviet subsidies to Cuba at their peak.
All that stuff about: "todos los Cubanos somos un pueblo!" sounds Oprah-like and heart-warming and nice--but count ME out. I have NOTHING in common with most of today's Cubans, including the ones who emigrate to the U.S. And I want this made known...Y PAL CARAJO!
Until this economic lifeline (this dirty little secret UTTERLY UNKNOWN outside Miami-Dade) is cut--or at least squeezed--nothing will change in Cuba...the Castro Dynasty is laughing all the way to da bank.