Tuesday, June 10, 2003
Tarpon fishing in the mangroves of Cuba's south coast tidal rivers was the first thing that lit a fire in me for Cuba. I had flown over the island fourteen times on my way to Ecuador but a National Geographic book on fishing published in '39 made me aware of Cuba's incredible fishing. In the future I will try to get some of those old pictures and text on the Web.
Sunday, June 08, 2003
WORDS OF WISDOM FROM OTTO REICH, PRESIDENT OF THE U.S.-CUBA BUSINESS COUNCIL, NOVEMBER 13, 2000
The bottom line is that good corporate citizenship is good business for US firms preparing for entry into the Cuban market. Businesses are an integral part of the community in which they operate. US businesses trading with, or operating in, a transitional Cuba will be a vital source of support for Cuba’s domestic economy and society as it embarks on an arduous process of economic recovery.
PERILS OF U.S. GOVERNMENT SPONSORED TRADE WITH CUBA
The ultimate nightmare scenario for long-term US commercial interests in Cuba as well as for US taxpayers would be to create perverse, commercially unsound incentives to trade with Cuba before fundamental reforms have been implemented on the island. The damage to US companies, US taxpayers and to the prospects for economic recovery in Cuba would be immense and perhaps irreparable.
Providing capital and official trade guarantees through bilateral and multilateral agencies supporting trade with the Castro regime - or to a transitional government resisting fundamental reform -would simply represent a transfer payment from US taxpayers to communist party elites in Havana.
Former Soviet bloc nations offer countless examples of multilateral trade and US and assistance programs which squandered US taxpayer resources on commercially unsound investments involving communist party elites while undermining prospects for political and economic reform. Examples of misallocated US resources and counterproductive results in targeted countries include: billions of dollars channeled through the Commodity Credit Corp. and other bilateral mechanisms financing deals in communist Poland in the 1970s, credits facilitating grain sales to the USSR preceding the 1979 invasion of Afghanistan, recent IMF aid to Russia devoid of strict conditionality, and the MFN trade experiment with Romania in beginning in the mid-1960s.
The US government has a fiduciary responsibility to US taxpayers to adhere to strict commercial and country risk criteria for considering use of official trade credits or assistance, particularly if it involves command economies in a transition
AND PEOPLE WONDER WHAT THIS SITE HAS TO DO WITH CUBA............
My wife says thank you very much for looking up information on her maternal grandfather Joseph (Joe) Nathan White. This was a big family secret until I met Carlina and her great grandmother showed me a photo of her son and proudly blurted out: "His daddy was a sheriff." He was probably born in the mid 1930s.
Maybe the sheriff was named Joe, or Nathan, or Joseph Nathan.
robert register wrote:
I'll follow up on Joe White. Two of my grandfather Register's brothers were sheriffs of Geneva County and his uncle, John Forsythe Register, was the second sheriff of the county during Reconstruction.
I've got a great story of a Dothan lawman who caught his man in Havana. He got off the boat in Havana harbor, went directly to the police station to register with the authorities and as he was waiting, the fugitive from Dothan walked in to file a report that he had been robbed. He was wanted on a murder warrant.He was brought back and was found guilty but died of TB.
Thanks for the inside dope. I'll keep it under my hat.
>From: Antonio de la Cova
>To: robert register
>Subject: [Fwd: Narciso Lopez]
>Date: Fri, 06 Jun 2003 23:47:12 -0500
> I enjoyed your Dothan-refrigerator story. I used to get into similar
>scrapes when I was a kid, like crawling two blocks thru a rain sewer
>pipe whose diameter kept shrinking due to the growing amount of silt, to
>the point that I barely squeezed out.
> Speaking of Dothan, I applied to teach at the University there back
>in 1995 and even drove there from my home at Amelia Island for an
>on-campus interview. The folks there chose the other finalist. My wife's
>family has a Dothan mixture of African American and Confederate roots.
>Her great-grandmother, a "colored gal," told me that she had a fling
>with the Dothan sheriff back in the 1930s that produced a son named Joe
> Small world.
> Don't forget to take the door off old refrigerators.