Monday, January 3, 2011


“After the U.S. war of aggression against Vietnam, the heroic and undefeated Vietnamese people asked us to teach them how to grow coffee, and there we went, and we taught and transferred our experience. Today Vietnam is the second-largest exporter of coffee in the world. And a Vietnamese official said to a Cuban colleague: ‘How is it possible that you taught us to grow coffee just the other day, and now you are buying coffee from us?’ I don’t know how the Cuban responded. Surely he said to him: ‘El bloqueo.’

Cuban President Raul Castro to the National Assembly, December 19, 2010

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