Has "Flood" of Diplomatic and Business Visits Benefited the Cuban People?

Sunday, May 10, 2015
The AP has a story about the "flood" of diplomats and businessmen visiting Cuba since President Obama stamped the full faith and credit of the United States on the Castro dictatorship.

It notes how "top diplomats from Japan, the European Union, Italy, the Netherlands and Russia have visited the island in recent months in bids to stake out or maintain ties with an island that suddenly looks like a brighter economic prospect amid warming U.S.-Cuba relations."

Thus, it's fair to ask some simple questions:

Have these top diplomats visited with Cuban dissidents during their trips?

Answer: No.

Have these trips improved the human rights situation in Cuba?

Answer: No.

Have these visitors publicly called for the freedom and rights of the Cuban people?

Answer: No.

Have these trips led the media to focus on human rights in Cuba?

Answer: No.

Have any of these foreign investors met with Cuba's "independent" entrepreneurs?

Answer: No.

Have any of these foreign investors cut any deals with Cuba's "independent" entrepreneurs?

Answer: No.

Are the Cuban people even allowed to cut deals with foreign investors?

Answer: No.

Are the Cuban people allowed to import-export goods?

Answer: No.

Will foreign investors who cut deals with the Castro regime be allowed to hire Cubans directly?

Answer: No.

Will the Cuban people who work for these foreign investors -- through Castro's employment agency -- be allowed to keep 10% of their wages?

Answer: No.

Will these foreign investors abide by international labor standards in Cuba?

Answer: No.

So who have all of the trips and business deals in Cuba been with?

Answer: Castro.