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Close your eyes – Think imaginatively about USA President Obama lifting restrictions on family travel and remittances to Cuba from relatives living in the USA.

Think of the long, long term and a most extraordinary scene may unfold in your mind’s eye — rafts of refugees floating TO Cuba!

It has been clear to many people that for a long time the USA’s economic restrictions against Cuba have been largely symbolic. It is true that they serve to remind the world that the USA rejects the Castro regime and the communist ideology behind it.

But it is equally true that these restrictions have only hurt the ordinary Cuban people without bringing any meaningful change in the island’s leadership or system of government.

Surely, the quality of life for people in ‘embargo-free’ Cuba would get progressively better as Castro’s communist dream unfolds. When the good life in Cuba becomes a powerful magnet, guess what some of the poor and disillusioned people suffering under the terrible capitalist system would do? Build their barges, check the tides, set hopeful eyes on Cuba and start to float. It’s enough to make you blink.

Source:www.chronicledominica.com

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orchestra Dominica's National day parade

Thousand of Dominicans from all over the island, including those from the Diaspora gathered together at the Windsor Park Stadium on November 3rd 2008 to celebrate Dominica’s 30 years of independence at the traditional National Day Parade.

Some of the recipients of National awards at this year National Day Parade included H.E Fidel Castro Ruiz, who received the Dominica Award of Honour for his contribution in Dominica’s National Development, Rev. Joseph Olive Bower received the Sisserou Award for Religion, WCK Band received the Meritorious Service Award for their contribution in culture/music, and Mr. Mally Peltier who received the Service Medal of Honour for his contribution in Tourism. In all 31 awards were handed out to individuals and organizations.

Here are some photos from the National Day Parade – Happy 30th Anniversary of Independence Dominica

national award recipients at the 2008 National Day Parade in Dominica

inspection of parade by president of Dominica Nicholas J. Liverpool

a photo of the people attending the 2008 National Day Parade in Dominica

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Sunday marked the 80th Birthday of the Communist leader Fidel Castro.

The world’s longest-serving head of government had not been seen since he underwent emergency surgery on July 31 and ceded power to his brother Raul Castro, 75, the defense chief.

The Miami newspaper El Nuevo Herald reported that Castro underwent a colostomy.With a message reading “I feel very happy“, pictures in the Juventud Rebelde newspaper showed the revolutionary icon alert and in good spirits after the operation to halt gastrointestinal bleeding.

To all of you who wished me health. I promise I will fight for it. … The country is moving forward and will continue marching forward perfectly well.

“Happy Birthday!”, “Viva Fidel!, Viva Raul!”

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