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January 7, 1999, Cuba Free Press.

SO FAR, CUBA IGNORES NEW POLICIES ANNOUNCED BY THE UNITED STATES Por Tania Quintero, Cuba Free Press.

HAVANA - As of time of writing, most Cubans were not aware of the new policies announced by the White House, on January 4, 1999, and which, supposedly, were geared to favor the people of Cuba.

So far, the government of Castro has ignored the announcement and there is great expectation inside and outside of Cuba to know his opinion. However, nobody really believes they will be welcomed, except for those who might obtain more dollars for their depleted vaults. Those would be people who receive a family allowance from the United States or sell the direct flights and those who would enjoy faster postal services.

As the people await to know officially the reception of the new attempt by the Clinton administration for a closer relationship - which does not incorporate the revision of the embargo - the Habaneros (Havanans) were confronted with the surprise that in the first week of January, 1999, the agromercados (agricultural markets) were devoid of supplies. Some said this was a deliberate measure to eradicate the intermediate agents.

This measure, not yet officially known, produces a discomfort that could bring bad results because it is in addition to the silent dissatisfaction of a population already suffering unprecedented penuries and limitations, in particular in their food supply. But this is the "special period" of austerity.

Tania Quintero, Cuba Free Press.


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