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Why has the Cuban government invested little or nothing on biofuels?

After reading about the current crisis in the sugar industry in Cuba, I remembered that Cuba had recurring crises in its sugar exports since the fall of the Soviet Union. At the same time, Cuba has ...
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What benefits does Israel get from the embargo against Cuba?

What benefits does Israel get from the embargo against Cuba? The United States embargo against Cuba prevents U.S. businesses, and businesses organized under U.S. law or majority-owned by U.S. ...
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How many Cuban doctors are working in the US?

I saw a couple of old articles that reported how the US opened in the past to immigration by Cuban doctors, which sometimes was seen as encouraging them to defect. I would like to know what is the ...
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How could the US Embargo on Cuba be ended? What would that process look like?

There's been a lot of discussion on if the US embargo on Cuba should be ended, but I would like to know: how could it be ended? What legislative process? Would any laws have to be removed to allow ...
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What are the similarities and differences between the Cuba crises and today’s situation in Ukraine? [closed]

Today's situation in Ukraine reminds somewhat of the so called Cuba Crises of 1962. What are the similarities, if any, and differences between the two? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...
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What accounts for the high support for the official position in Cuban referenda?

In Cuba, there have been several national referenda or petitions on major constitutional or governmental matters which have been reported to have extremely high support for the "official" ...
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Is there really an embargo on Cuba?

I have read about a few economists last weeks who defended that "The embargo doesn't really exist de facto.", "Cuba can negotiate with any country." or "The embargo is not ...
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Why is the US embargo such a problem for Cuba?

Why is the US embargo such a problem for Cuba? Honestly, the USA is not the only country in the world. Cuba need not buy or sell things to the USA. Cuba could trade with others nations such as EU, ...
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Has the Biden administration communicated its reasoning for maintaining the embargo against Cuba?

The US currently has a trade embargo against Cuba, which has been in the news recently due to protests against the latter's government. During the Trump administration, these sanctions were tightened. ...
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If Vietnam and the USA have normal relations, why doesn't Cuba-USA relationship improve?

If Vietnam and the USA have normal diplomatic and business relations, why doesn't Cuba-USA relationship improve? Why doesn't the USA normalize its diplomatic relations with Cuba?
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Why did Israel vote against lifting the American embargo on Cuba?

Every single country in the world except for the United States and Israel voted for the United States to end the embargo on Cuba. My question is, why Israel? Many of the nations on this list are ...
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Did Che Guevara help send Gay people to labor camps also called UMAP?

I recently read this article on Huffington Post about Ernesto Che Guevara and was wondering how much it was true? The main source I've found comes from a Frenchman named Regis Debray who met Che ...
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Why has Venezuela's economy collapsed when Cuba's has not?

Cuba and Venezuela seem to share a lot in common. Both are effectively Socialist dictatorships. Cuba's government has been Communist for many years, while Venezuela has been socialist for much less. ...
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Is Cuba financially supported by Russia?

I know that in 1989 when the Soviet Union collapsed, they stopped financially supporting a lot of their "clients". So, for example, the Derg in Ethiopia collapsed and was overthrown in 1991 after they ...
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How does Trump's stance on Cuba differ from Obama's?

Obama administration were in the midst of restoring diplomatic relation with Cuba. Towards the last months of his presidency, he visited the nation. How does Donald Trump's policy regarding Cuba ...
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Why haven't the embargos against Cuba and Venezuela worked?

Cuba is under a US-sanction from 1958. Why hasn't this sanction been able to do much damage to Cuba's communist regime? What about Venezuela?
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Is Cuba still intervening in Syria to help the Russians?

This Daily Beast article is now a couple of years old, dating from October 2015. Here are the lead graphs. Not for the first time Cuban forces are doing Russia’s dirty work, this time in Syria. On ...
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Is there a firm estimate in the number of political prisoners Castro executed?

Pretty self-explanatory, how many political enemies did Fidel Castro execute?
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What's Trump's stance on re-establishing connections with Cuba?

Obama was in the middle of establishing talks with Cuba when he left office. Has Trump alluded to his stance on Cuba and whether he plans to establish connections after Castro's death?
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Why does the US still have an embargo on Cuba?

As we all know, the US placed an Embargo on Cuba since the early 60s. Why does the Embargo still in place? What benefits does it bring to the country?
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Why is Cuba still leasing Guantanamo Bay to the US?

During the last decade and a half, the US has housed prisoners in Guantanamo Bay and has been leasing it from the Cuban government for 55 years. Cuba has never cashed the checks Castro was very anti-...
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Did Castro seek thermonuclear war with the US?

Here, via Andrew Stuttaford, is an excerpt from a letter Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev sent to Castro after the Cuban missile crisis. Ed note (the text is furnished from PBS) In your cable of ...
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How free are Cuban citizens to leave the country these days?

I know that it used to be the case that the Cuban authorities prevented people from leaving the country that they deemed useful - similar to Eastern Germany. I heard that this was lifted a couple of ...
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The GOP, Obama administration, and Cuba

Why do Republicans in Congress oppose the Obama administration's rapprochement with Cuba?
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Did the Cuban missile crisis hurt the Cuban economy?

Trying to do some research on the Cuban economy. Just wondering how the cold war hurt the economy of Cuba and how so, although I believe it had no effect. Any specific evidence would help.
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US companies in Cuba during Batista's rule

Reading the history, it states that under Castro, they nationalized many if not all US companies. My question is: does anyone know what companies these were? As in what oil companies were there at the ...
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Does the "average American" know that the embargo on Cuba is unpopular around the world?

I know that "average American" is a loose expression, but I did not find a better way to mean an American citizen that in this case is not interested in international relations, that is not ...
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How will USA vote on 2015 "UN Resolution against the US embargo on Cuba"? [closed]

The UN General Assembly has, from 1992, passed a resolution each year criticizing the ongoing impact of the embargo against Cuba. That year, 59 countries voted for an end to the embargo, 3 voted ...
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Is there a post-Castro plan for Cuba?

With both Castro brothers well into their 80s, is there a plan for succession in the Cuban leadership? I am curious if the next leader will be of the '59 revolution generation or not
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Guantanamo prison and relationship between the USA and Cuba

How can the USA have a prison like Guantanamo in a country like Cuba? Isn't the relationship between Cuba and the USA something which should prevent an agreement like this? Why doesn't Cuba try to ...
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How does the Cuban system for municipal elections work?

In Cuba, the Communist Party of Cuba is the official state party. According to the Wikipedia article on the Cuban electoral system, Candidates for municipal assemblies are nominated on an ...
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Why does Cuba have two presidents?

I can see that Cuba has its own parliament system - National Assembly of People's Power. However, Wikipedia says Ricardo Alarcón is President of the National Assembly of People's Power, yet Raúl ...
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