After 50 years of strict sanctions, Barack Obama's gesture towards Cuba on Monday will allow exiled Cubans to travel and send money to their homeland. Fidel Castro however, scoffed at the plans, saying that Obama should lift the "cruel" commercial embargo rather than hand out "charity". What do our Cuban Observers make of the news?
Giomar, 36, is a Cuban exile living in France. He works as an IT technician in Paris.
However, I hope that the measures aren't misinterpreted by the government. If they take them badly, they'll be tempted to block the measures, and that won't lead to an end of the embargo.
On another note, we do need to stay on our guard. I'm not all for the idea of Cuba becoming a new American colony."
We're waiting to see how much money we'll be able to send to our relatives on the island. Until now, we were only able to send 300 dollars [€225] every three months.
So it is a step forward, but still far from an end to the embargo. In any case, most people here don't want the embargo to be lifted if nothing changes in Cuba."
However, this won't suit the authorities, who will surely try to stop the measures from going ahead. Fidel Castro doesn't want to see an end to the embargo; it's the embargo that allows him to justify his policies. The newspapers here reported the measure purely as a means for the US to take hold of Cuba."
Personally I don't have any family in the States but the fact that money will be allowed to come into Cuba could boost the economy here, which is in a sorry state. A good example - I used to be a doctor, but I was so badly paid that I accepted a job demotion and now work as a locksmith."