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planning summer va-cay

from the U.S. Department of State:

Cuba is a totalitarian police state which relies on repressive methods to maintain control. These methods include intense physical and electronic surveillance of both Cuban citizens and foreign visitors. Americans visiting Cuba should be aware that any encounter with a Cuban citizen could be subject to surreptitious scrutiny by the  General Directorate for State Security (DGSE) of Cuba. Also, any interactions with average Cubans, regardless of how well intentioned, can subject that Cuban to harassment and/or detention, and other forms of repressive actions, by state security elements. The Government of Cuba bases much of its legitimacy on being strongly opposed to the U.S. government.  Nevertheless, its need to earn hard currency through the tourist industry prompts it to encourage tourism from any source. The United States does not have full diplomatic relations with Cuba, but provides consular and other services through the U.S. Interests Section in Havana.

Oh, nationalism.

But really, what could there be to hate about this?

coastal_boulevard_havana_cuba_photo_gov

or this?

Cuba

this?

Kuba 2003

or this?

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