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  •  But first, this: (4+ / 0-)

    According to reports I've received (from sources I trust), the Cuban consular office in Washington has had to stop processing visas for US travellers -- people with a legal right to travel there under US law, a Treasury license and all -- because no bank is willing to provide ordinary banking services to them for fear of being slammed for violating the "Trading with the Enemy/Terrorists" laws. I understand that some sort of reprieve has been worked out for the next couple of months. But there's an urgent need for Congress to change the statute so Cuba isn't on that list, or at least to build in an exemption for consular services to the Cuban government, or something. And the anti-Castro crazies plus the GOP "moderates" in the House aren't about to allow that to happen.

    So warm fuzzies are nice, but the impediments to anything approaching normal relations are still enormous.

    •  Tru dat. nt (1+ / 0-)
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      "Well, yeah, the Constitution is worth it if you succeed." - Nancy Pelosi, 6/30/07 // "Succeed?" At what?

      by nailbender on Wed Dec 11, 2013 at 08:33:09 AM PST

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      •  But Paypal worked in Cuba (0+ / 0-)

        for moi several years ago. And US currency is (or was) widely accepted.

        BHO could do a lot by opening up Cuber as JFK called it.

        What stronger breast-plate than a heart untainted! Thrice is he arm'd, that hath his quarrel just; And he but naked, though lock'd up in steel, Whose conscience with injustice is corrupted. Henry VI Part II Act 3 Scene 2

        by TerryDarc on Wed Dec 11, 2013 at 09:20:06 AM PST

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