Switching back to rubles?

Sanctions Prompt Cuba to Eliminate Dollar

A reader sends me this tip.

Seems Cuba, in response to tighter sanctions by the United States, is eliminating the US dollar.

Cuba is “protecting itself from external economic aggression,” Castro said in a statement he asked his top aide to read on state television Monday night. The 78-year-old Castro was also there, looking animated despite the blue sling supporting his broken right arm after a fall last week that also shattered his left kneecap.

A local currency known as the convertible Cuban peso will be the only money accepted at most businesses across the island of 11.2 million people beginning Nov. 8, Castro’s statement said.

Remember when we nabbed Saddam in his spider hole? He had some cash down there with him.

That, apparently, isn’t the case with Fidel in his spider hole. For Fidel lives in one of the biggest spider hole on earth.

U.S. State Department spokesman Richard Boucher spoke with reporters last week about Fidel’s fall that left him with a broken knee and a broken arm:

QUESTION: Did you hear that Castro fell?

BOUCHER: We heard that Castro fell. There are, I think, various reports that he broke a leg and arm, a foot and other things. And I guess you’d have to check with the Cubans to find out what’s broken about Mr. Castro. We, obviously, have expressed our views about what’s broken in Cuba.

QUESTION: Do you wish him a speedy recovery?


When the reporter pressed for Boucher to express his wish that the injuries had been more severe, Boucher declined. Barely, probably.