Friday, March 03, 2006

Cubans not welcome at the Sheraton

Well, at least in Mexico. On Feb. 2nd, 16 Cuban oil industry officials, who were attending a meeting with American energy executives to discuss possible investment opportunities in Cuba's oil industry, were kicked out of the Sheraton Maria Isabel Hotel in Mexico City under pressure from Washington.

Officials at the U.S. Treasury Department later said if the hotel had not expelled the Cubans, it would have been in violation of a long-standing embargo against the communist-ruled island.

Here's my question: Why, if officials at the U.S. Treasury Department are so concerned about the presence of Cuban nationals in an American owned hotel located in Mexico, aren't those officials worried about the fact that American energy executives are looking to invest in Cuba's oil industry???!?!! Especially, when the U.S., on January 10th of this year, via our spoikesmodel George W. Bush, extended the "National Emergency with Respect to Cuba". Aka, the embargo. [This, in light of the fact the
the U.N. General Assembly has voted to lift the embargo for the last FOURTEEN YEARS.] Double standards...more on that later: When we begin talking about the US-India nuke deal.

The meeting was sponsored by the U.S.-Cuba Trade Association, along with Valero Energy Corp., the United States' biggest oil refiner, as well as the Louisiana Department of Economic Development and the Texas Port of Corpus Christi, among others.

A Spanish view of the matter.


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