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bemildred Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 07:17 PM
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UPDATE 1-U.S. and Cuba meet on resuming direct mail service
Source: Reuters

HAVANA, Sept 17 (Reuters) - U.S. and Cuban officials met on Thursday to discuss the possibility of resuming long-suspended direct mail service in a first round of talks that Cuba described as "broad and useful."

The talks, the result of a proposal by the United States in May, are viewed as another step in President Barack Obama's efforts to mend long-broken U.S.-Cuba relations.

In a statement, Cuba said the two sides discussed issues including "transportation of mail, postal security and methods of payment for the service."

It said it presented proposals to the United States and also made clear that restrictions imposed by the longstanding U.S. trade embargo against the island had to be eliminated.

Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/rbssIndustryMaterialsUti...
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salguine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 07:35 PM
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1. HA HA HA HA!! Just in time for people to not use the mail any more.
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AwareOne Donating Member (319 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 07:38 PM
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2. Good, I'm going to mail a twenty dollar bill to
a mom and pop tobacco shop and ask them to mail me some cigars in return.
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aquart Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 08:44 PM
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3. We've been petty and pissy for what? Over forty years now?
Time to grow up and behave.
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dr_aswan Donating Member (34 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 09:01 PM
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4. Will I be able to visit Cuba while Obama is the prez? I think so...
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harmonicon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 11:20 PM
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5. you can now
You're not supposed to spend money there, but no one will stop you from flying there from another country - you just have to book it as two tickets.

There was a story recently where a guy went to Cuba with the express purpose of causing a scene when he came back to the US - it didn't really work out that way though.

I say that if you want to go, go. I'd love to, but don't have the time or money.
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roody Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-18-09 12:26 AM
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6. Go now while it is still nice.
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espiral Donating Member (143 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-18-09 12:49 AM
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7. "another step in President Barack Obama's efforts to mend long-broken U.S.-Cuba relations"
Efforts? What efforts? He just renewed the bloqueo yet again, knowing full well that it will leave millions of people in hunger and lack of basic medical equipment. Nothing else new here; just another day in the empire...
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