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Posted on Jan 22, 2011
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The Cuban postal system has encountered heavy costs as large amounts of mail were turned back by the U.S.

After a large amount of mail from Cuba was refused entry to the U.S. under strict security measures, the Cuban government has decided to halt U.S.-bound mail, possibly because of the high cost of so many returns.

Historically mail into the U.S. has been banned, but a directive by President Obama allowed mail from Cuba to be sent into the U.S. through an intermediary country, such as Mexico, which increases costs. —JCL

The BBC:

Cuba has suspended all postal deliveries to the United States until further notice.

The suspension follows the introduction of stricter security measures by the US last year after the attempted mailing of explosives from Yemen.

The Cuban postal service says large amounts of mail were refused entry and returned in the following months.

Correspondents say the cost of so many returns may have led to the decision to stop the service.

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By rico, suave, January 22, 2011 at 8:25 pm Link to this comment

The US policy toward Cuban mail, hell the whole embargo, is utterly stupid and counterproductive and should be ended now. Really.

Now, let’s parse this utterly stupid article-

1. Fact- It costs more for Cuba to send mail to the US, since it has to go through Mexico. (Sort of like it costs me more to visit Cuba, since I have to go through Mexico.)

2. Fact- Cuba has responded by suspending mail.

3. Completely unsubstantiated, but easily verifiable or debunked theory- All postage is provided free by the government to the people, otherwise a Cuban would buy an overpriced stamp himself and mail the fucking letter if it was so important.

(Gratuitous and pointless aside- It’s sort of like Cuban healthcare- it’s free, but medical care is too expensive for the government, so there isn’t much to go around.)

4. Fact- Mail was returned to Cuba in response to tighter security measures.

5. Fact- Unnamed and uncredentialled “correspondents” were tapped as authorities for this article.

6. Opinion- Correspondents want us to think it costs Cuba money to get a letter back.

7. Completely unsubstantiated, but easily verifiable or debunked theory- The Cuban government, not the individual sender, has to pay for undeliverable mail. (I get two or three Christmas cards back every year and don’t remember having to pay a return fee.)

8. Undeniable fact- Progressives fall for this type of bullshit article every time and spin it into another America hating diatribe. In this case, they’re herded into thinking it’s America’s fault that Cubans can’t afford a stamp on a fucking letter.

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By berniem, January 22, 2011 at 4:40 pm Link to this comment

Hey, face it! Once that Cuban camel gets it’s snout under the tent flap “There goes the heighborhood!!!” FREE BRADLEY MANNING!!!!!

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