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The average desktop computer costs the equivelent of three years worth of wages in Cuba

After the resignation of Cuban dictator Fidel Castro and the transfer of power to younger brother Raul Castro, life in Cuba is getting better for some citizens. For many years, Cuban’s were denied the things we take for granted here in the U.S. because of presidential decree.

A few weeks ago, Raul Castro lifted a ban that forbade Cubans from legally owning cellular phones and DVD players. This week, BBC News reports that Raul Castro lifted a ban that prevented Cubans from legally owning personal computers.

Desktop computers are now available in Cuba and BBC News reports that a crowd formed at the Carlos III shopping center in Havana when the first PC shipments arrived. Despite the large crowds most were there only to look on as others bought.

The average price for a new desktop PC in Cuba is reported to be around $800 and the average monthly wage in Cuba is a mere $20. That would mean an average computer in Cuba would cost most citizens over three years of pay.

Most Cubans have access to supplementary income according to BBC News, typically from family who live abroad. Despite the availability of computers on the island nation, internet access is still limited to a few locations like workplaces, schools and universities.

The Cuban government is unable to connect to undersea fiber optic cables due to trade sanctions imposed by the U.S. The internet access available in the country is via limited bandwidth satellite connections.



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who cares about all that, what i want to know
By kattanna on 5/6/2008 11:59:05 AM , Rating: 2
is when i can legally hit up my local cigar shop and get a good cuban.

one thing i have always found interesting is that one reason thats always been given as to why we continue to openly trade with china is to bring in more of americas influence and "encourage" democracy. yet we willnt try that with a country barely 90 miles off our coast. hmmm




By FITCamaro on 5/6/2008 12:10:53 PM , Rating: 1
Willn't huh?

Well I for one am not going to shed a tear that we can't trade with Cuba.


RE: who cares about all that, what i want to know
By gramboh on 5/6/2008 1:57:28 PM , Rating: 2
You would if you knew about the deep oil/gas reserves within their territorial control.

That alone is why the US will eventually resume trade relations.


By therealnickdanger on 5/6/2008 2:21:58 PM , Rating: 2
Why do that when we can just slant drill into it the way China is doing it to us in Florida? Oh wait, that's right, the Sierra Club.


RE: who cares about all that, what i want to know
By gramboh on 5/6/2008 2:56:15 PM , Rating: 2
The Cuban reseves are very deep, pretty sure too deep for directional drilling. We are talking $100M a well in drilling costs.


RE: who cares about all that, what i want to know
By emarston on 5/7/2008 8:00:41 AM , Rating: 2
Actually, we have some the same oil down below our territory in that part of the Gulf... it's not that we can't get to it, but environmental policy/regs prevents us from drilling there. People don't want wells off the coastline and such.


By gramboh on 5/7/2008 11:07:35 AM , Rating: 2
Yeah that is true, I guess people don't want platforms within view or any potential risks of blowouts or something. Out of sight out of mind I guess? Hah.


By FITCamaro on 5/6/2008 2:41:58 PM , Rating: 2
Oh god no we can't buy oil from another foreign source. God forbid we actually tap our own oil reserves.


By JustTom on 5/7/2008 1:56:16 AM , Rating: 3
Oil is fungible, whether we trade with Cuba or not the oil will enter the market.

Having said that I do hope we end the trade embargo.


By ElFenix on 5/6/2008 6:09:07 PM , Rating: 3
why do people forget that it takes two to trade? castro didn't want any US anything on his island. he was very happy about the embargo because it allowed him to blame his own failures on the embargo rather than manning up.


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