Major MEDIA outlets are reporting that Raul Castro has lifted the ban on computers and DVD player sales. They pitch this news like Raul is more progressive.
Here are the facts:
1) The news came from an internal Cuban memo, therefore this “news” may be planted and faked.
2) They must be paid for in hard currency, worth 24 times more than the Cuban pesos state wages
3) In 2009, a new line of products will also be unresticted: air conditioners and toasters
4) Internet is still banned
5) Previously, if you were traveler going into Cuba with any valuables like laptops or DVD players, Cuban customs would seize and never return such items
6) The memo also listed television sets, which were already on sale,
7) electric pressure cookers and rice cookers, electric bicycles, car alarms, and microwave ovens were also listed.
Don’t be fooled, folks. Raul Castro just wants the next US president to lift the embargo and get $250 million dollars in aid, which would go to his inner circle, and never to The People. The day-to-day life of a Cuban has not changed, and will not change as long as Fidel Castro loyalists run the country.