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Jul 8, 2019 08:27:27   #
d2b2 wrote:
Why is there no uproar about Russsia or China, in the same way? Or the Pilippines or the USA...? I am not saying you are incorrect - just selective.


Or North Korea, who tortured and killed a young American student! or the Saudi's who murdered and dismembered a journalist.

You don't see or hear about these things in Cuba. It was horrible in the past but has gotten better in recent years.
 
Jul 8, 2019 08:04:14   #
dashone wrote:
Please do post the itinerary for your Cuban trip, along with ballpark-cost figures.
Thanks!


I would rather send it privately for whoever might be interested.
Thanks
Jul 8, 2019 07:58:07   #
Tomcat5133 wrote:
The rage here about your trip is totally ignorant. The more we keep up the visiting
and exchange of ideas the more Cuba will get better for the people. They don't even have
a proper internet at all. And the people want the country to be opened to investment and
visitors.


This is not accurate. They do have proper internet. Many have cell phones, all of the private homes I stayed in had internet service. While I was there in December, wifi was started in most of the parks. Yes I had to buy a card, $2 for an hour. It was great seeing everyone in the park on their cell phones.
I am *friends* with all the guys/drivers from my trip in December, on facebook. They comment and post photos on a regular basis.

I was there 5 years ago, and then in December. I did find the people definitely were better off in December than they were 5 years ago. The people are happy, friendly people. They are kind and not mean, like some of the people on UHH. They are polite and so happy to meet and speak with Americans.

We had the opportunity to photograph 2 young girls from the ballet school. They have visited the USA in the past. They are on facebook and instagram. One of the girls is from Costa Rica, but the ballet school in Cuba was better so the mom/girl live in Cuba so she can go to ballet school.

Images-
Ballerina with the fisherman late in day.
Drivers taking photos of their cars with their cell phones
Dance school we visited
2 ladies with their ipad getting online.








Jul 7, 2019 15:32:28   #
rgrenaderphoto wrote:
Oh, the hypocritical pearl-clutching and false outrage. I for one would love to go to Cuba, have a Mojito where it was first served, dance to the music and capture images.

Here's a hint: The Cold War is over, we won.


We learned how to make really good mojitos..it is the type of mint they use...yummy!!!
The people are so welcoming and happy to see Americans. The architecture is amazing, the organic garden was beautiful and walking in the early morning in Vinales to greet the children going to school, the cowboys getting ready to start their day and the farmers plowing the fields. It was a wonderful experience. I look forward to returning.






Jul 7, 2019 08:40:20   #
Have you been to Cuba in recent years? I tend to doubt it, so you have your opinions based on...what?

You are pathetic, insulting and just wrong.

Enough of your moronic comments.
Jul 7, 2019 08:05:08   #
FYI...

*§515.574 Support for the Cuban People.
(a) General license. The travel-related transactions set forth in §515.560(c) and other transactions that are intended to provide support for the Cuban people are authorized, provided that:

(1) The activities are of:

(i) Recognized human rights organizations;

(ii) Independent organizations designed to promote a rapid, peaceful transition to democracy; or

(iii) Individuals and non-governmental organizations that promote independent activity intended to strengthen civil society in Cuba; and

(2) Each traveler engages in a full-time schedule of activities that:

(i) Enhance contact with the Cuban people, support civil society in Cuba, or promote the Cuban people's independence from Cuban authorities; and

(ii) Result in meaningful interaction with individuals in Cuba.

(3) The traveler's schedule of activities does not include free time or recreation in excess of that consistent with a full-time schedule.

Note 1 to paragraph (a): Each person relying on the general authorization in this paragraph must retain specific records related to the authorized travel transactions. See §§501.601 and 501.602 of this chapter for applicable recordkeeping and reporting requirements.

Note 2 to paragraph (a): Staying in a room at a rented accommodation in a private Cuban residence (casa particular), eating at privately-owned Cuban restaurants (paladares), and shopping at privately-owned stores run by self-employed Cubans (cuentapropista) are examples of activities that qualify for this general license. However, in order to meet the requirement for a full-time schedule, a traveler must engage in additional authorized Support for the Cuban People activities.

(b) An entire group does not qualify for the general license in paragraph (a) of this section merely because some members of the group qualify individually.

(c) Certain direct financial transactions restricted. Nothing in paragraph (a)(1)(iii) of this section authorizes a direct financial transaction prohibited by §515.209, with the exception of transactions on behalf of a non-governmental organization.

(d) Specific licenses. Specific licenses may be issued on a case-by-case basis authorizing the travel-related transactions set forth in §515.560(c) and such other transactions as are related to support for the Cuban people that do not qualify for the general license under paragraph (a) of this section.

Example 1 to §515.574: An individual plans to travel to Cuba, stay in a room at a rented accommodation in a private Cuban residence (casa particular), eat at privately-owned Cuban restaurants (paladares), and shop at privately-owned stores run by self-employed Cubans (cuentapropista) during his or her four-day trip. While at the casa particular, the individual will have breakfast each morning with the Cuban host and engage with the Cuban host to learn about Cuban culture. In addition, the traveler will complete his or her full-time schedule by supporting Cuban entrepreneurs launching their privately-owned businesses. The traveler's activities promote independent activity intended to strengthen civil society in Cuba. Because the individual's qualifying activities are not limited to staying in a room at a rented accommodation in a private Cuban residence (casa particular), eating at privately-owned Cuban restaurants (paladares), and shopping at privately owned stores run by self-employed Cubans (cuentapropista) and the traveler maintains a full-time schedule that enhances contact with the Cuban people, supports civil society in Cuba, and promotes the Cuban people's independence from Cuban authorities, and that results in meaningful interaction between the traveler and Cuban individuals, the individual's travel qualifies for the general license.
Example 2 to §515.574: A group of friends plans to travel and maintain a full-time schedule throughout their trip by volunteering with a recognized non-governmental organization to build a school for underserved Cuban children with the local community. In their free time, the travelers plan to rent bicycles to explore the streets of Havana and visit an art museum. The travelers' trip would qualify for the general license because the volunteer activities promote independent activity intended to strengthen civil society in Cuba and constitute a full-time schedule that enhances contact with the Cuban people and supports civil society in Cuba, and results in meaningful interaction between the travelers and individuals in Cuba.
Example 3 to §515.574: An individual plans to travel to Cuba, rent a bicycle to explore the neighborhoods and beaches, and engage in brief exchanges with local beach vendors. The individual intends to stay at a hotel that does not appear on the Cuba Restricted List (see §515.209). The traveler's trip does not qualify for this general license because none of these activities promote independent activity intended to strengthen civil society in Cuba.
[80 FR 2299, Jan. 16, 2015, as amended at 82 FR 52003, Nov. 9, 2017]

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§515.575 Humanitarian projects.
(a) General license. Transactions, including the travel-related transactions set forth in §515.560(c), that are related to the humanitarian projects in or related to Cuba that are designed to directly benefit the Cuban people as set forth in paragraph (b) are authorized, provided that the traveler's schedule of activities does not include free time or recreation in excess of that consistent with a full-time schedule.

Note 1 to paragraph (a): Each person relying on the general authorization in this paragraph must retain specific records related to the authorized travel transactions. See §§501.601 and 501.602 of this chapter for applicable recordkeeping and reporting requirements.

Note 2 to paragraph (a): See §515.590(b) for an authorization for the provision of grants, scholarships, or awards related to humanitarian projects in or related to Cuba that are designed to directly benefit the Cuban people as set forth in paragraph (b).

(b) Authorized humanitarian projects. The following projects are authorized by paragraph (a) of this section: Medical and health-related projects; construction projects intended to benefit legitimately independent civil society groups; disaster preparedness, relief, and response; historical preservation; environmental projects; projects involving formal or non-formal educational training, within Cuba or off-island, on the following topics: Entrepreneurship and business, civil education, journalism, advocacy and organizing, adult literacy, or vocational skills; community-based grassroots projects; projects suitable to the development of small-scale private enterprise; projects that are related to agricultural and rural development that promote independent activity; microfinancing projects, except for loans, extensions of credit, or other financing prohibited by §515.208; and projects to meet basic human needs.

Example to §515.575(b): A U.S. group of medical professionals that specializes in disease treatment wishes to support a community in Cuba by providing the latest techniques and literature in disease education and prevention directly to the Cuban people. Provided that the medical professionals in the group maintain a full-time schedule related to disease education and prevention, these activities qualify for the general license.
(c) An entire group does not qualify for the general license in paragraph (a) of this section merely because some members of the group qualify individually.

(d) Specific licenses. Specific licenses may be issued on a case-by-case basis authorizing the travel-related transactions set forth in §515.560(c) and such other transactions as are related to humanitarian projects that do not qualify for the general license under paragraph (a) of this section.

[80 FR 2300, Jan. 16, 2015, as amended at 80 FR 56924, Sept. 21, 2015; 81 FR 4586, Jan. 27, 2016; 81 FR 13994, Mar. 16, 2016; 81 FR 71377, Oct. 17, 2016]

https://www.ecfr.gov/cgi-bin/retrieveECFR?gp=&SID=9e3b16fb4a0e98494c1e0384ef4f064d&mc=true&n=sp31.3.515.e&r=SUBPART&ty=HTML#se31.3.515_1574
 
Jul 7, 2019 08:01:15   #
Architect1776 wrote:
It is pure delusional politics. Of all the nations on earth to select a repressive socialist regime to visit? That is disgusting. Why not help the people of Guatemala or Ecuador or Uruguay?


You need to educate yourself.


**Support for the Cuban People is intended to do just that—support the people of Cuba—while limiting benefits to the Cuban military. This has been stated multiple times, both in announcements and official documentation. Senator Marco Rubio, who was the driver behind this category, explicitly outlines how Americans can travel to Cuba under the Support for the Cuban People category.**
Jul 7, 2019 08:00:21   #
jerryc41 wrote:
This post was an offer to go to Cuba on a tour. It wasn't an invitation to discuss the politics of a foreign country.


Thanks so much.
Jul 7, 2019 07:54:08   #
Architect1776 wrote:
It does NOT support the people.
It fully supports the government and gives it legitimacy.
Shameful to say other wise and try to rationalize something evil.


You are wrong!!!! You just don't know.
Jul 7, 2019 07:52:05   #
Architect1776 wrote:
You forget that Cuba is a socialist country and thus the people are owned and controlled by the government. You are delusional if you believe otherwise. You can try to rationalize it anyway you want but the country kills those it does not like such as political opponents and their families including children.
Having served many years in SA and seen first hand what Cuba has done in murderous ways it is reprehensible.


You are wrong, and I am not about to argue with you on your opinions. I am not delusional, I am not rationalizing, You are just wrong!!
Jul 7, 2019 07:50:19   #
Architect1776 wrote:
Support of a repressive murdering socialist regime is ethically and morally wrong. Then even worse one that exports that repression and violence to neighboring countries is worse. Every dollar spent there kills another child.
You should be ashamed to even suggest going to a violent socialist country and providing financial support and legitimacy for it.


You are wrong in what you say. I am not ashamed, as I have been there and the people we stay with and the guys who work full time for the travel agents, are well cared for. It is supporting them, NOT the government.

Your suggestion that dollars spent there kills another child is just wrong and not correct.
You should be ashamed of your views if you have never been there.
 
Jul 7, 2019 07:47:06   #
usnpilot wrote:
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It is supporting the people, not the government. j

Please I did not want to start a problem with the reasons people don't want to go. I have been there a few times, can't wait to go back.
It is the people that benefit from the travel, not the government.
Jul 7, 2019 06:40:26   #
I am co-leading a photo tour of Cuba in January 2020.
We will stay in private homes and travel in the classic cars.
The travel agent has been doing this for 12 years and her license is not affected
but the travel limits to Cuba.

We will go to Vinales, Havana and Trinidad (Cuba)
I am not sure if I can post the itinerary here.

PM me if interested.
Jul 1, 2019 06:35:18   #
I have been using Neat Image for several years. While I do have the Topaz noise reduction, I tend to use Neat Image more often.
Jul 1, 2019 06:16:24   #
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