Sanctions against Russia are in response to very specific actions outside Russia's borders. Russia knows exactly what it can do, to get the sanctions lifted quickly. Russia could accomplish these steps in a matter of days. The economic cost to Russia of taking them would be nearly zero.
Sanctions against Cuba are an endless punishment for the Cuban government being what it is, having come about the way it did, and its miserable human rights record. For Cuba to have even a possibility to end sanctions, it would have to change its internal laws, policies, and power structure, and also to pay billions of dollars (a lot, for Cuba's economy) to the US. In effect, nothing short of regime change would do it.
Roughly, it's "we'll give your driving license back at no charge, if you show that you can drive responsibly," vs. "if you give me 10% of your gross income for the year, and promise never to touch the controls of car again, we'll consider letting your uncle drive you sometimes."
Yeah right. they are driving BMW, Mercedes, and Bentleys. Ladas are the favorite. Had not the Americans been run out, Cuba would be the gambling capital in the Americas and not Las Vegas or Atlantic City . The people were getting screwed before Castro and so they have been since he took over. Hope is invested in the death of the Castro brothers and their regime with the chance to move into the 21st century.
Actually, lots of people find this exchange rate stuff confusing. The numbers we keep quoting actually reflect the _Russian_ perspective: they are the cost of one dollar. If you are a Russian pensioner, or even a wage earner, there's a good chance that your monthly income (in rubles) is the same as it was a year ago.
But those rubles buy rather less, because Russia is running an inflation rate (now 8 to 9 percent) that Western economies would consider unacceptable: the US and European central banks try to keep inflation around 2 percent per year.
But if you're a Russian who wants to buy dollars, they have gotten a LOT more expensive. When I first visited Russia more than ten years ago, you could buy a dollar for less than 29 rubles. Lately, dollars have been costing around 47 rubles.
“TOURIST VISA REQUIRED:
Tourist travel to Cuba is prohibited under U.S. law for U.S. citizens and others under U.S. jurisdiction.”
You are right beemer. The link you provided did not go directly to the right page,,, but I was able to locate it myself.
It was Sept of 2012 that my ex called me about going on vacation,,,, I didn’t give her much thought,,, as it was the first communication since we were together in January.
The checking I did do was with the travel agency,,, which has an office in Atlanta,,,, but is operated by Russians. The other countries on the list were: Mexico, Seychelles, Maldives, Dominican Rep, Dubai, Egypt. There are a few other countries,,, but we were looking for a warm beach in Jan or Feb,,,,, I can’t get away in Sept.
And Maldives was having some kind of political uprising at the time,,,, I think the spot would have eventually been Seychelles.
When I started to price the tickets for these trips,, I discovered it was cheaper to buy two round trip tickets each,,, not Green Bay to Maldives,,, but rather GRB to KBP then to Maldives. This gave a person the chance to have a days rest in Kiev,,,, and to ride with the girl,,, and not just meet her there.
The price for me was 2,000 USD going thru Kiev, rather than 2,500USD.
The price of the rooms were steep,,, one place with the restaurant inside an aquarium started at 2,500 per night. I’d skip that spot.
I stopped watching petroleum a couple of weeks ago, because in the latter half of October prices had stabilized. Now, wondering why the ruble is still collapsing so badly, I looked at the prices again.
Well, this week crude oil resumed its downward slide. Urals, Russia's "benchmark crude," started the week above $84 / bbl, where it had been for a couple of weeks, but ended the week at $81. Remember, $80 / bbl is the threshold for extreme stress on Russia's federal budget.
[Amusing side note: for "topoilnews", a site which I realized is hosted in Russia when it went down for a while, history ended three weeks ago. October 15th is the last date for which they show prices!]
The two most powerful men in the world,,,, an idiot and an ass. The world is in complete chaos while they golf, fish or whatever they do,,,, yet the world would be better off without either one. I wish they would carpool to hell.
France has in the last month grown a set on several issues. They are now resisting the delivery of the Mistral class ships to Russia. They should scuttle them with great fanfare..............the people made their money building them and to be used against the civilized world now is a very bad investment. Scuttle them and tell Putin to shove it.
My preference would be to wait until Ukraine increases its capacity to defend itself on land, and then transfer the Mistrals to Ukraine. Russia could certainly attack Ukraine's coast, and has already seized nearly half of Ukraine's Black Sea coastline.
Ukraine could legitimately use these ships for its urgent security.