david berstein and anthony david, both the same person I suspect.
I am sure that the Caribbean's Marxists and the Cuban government will love your input.
Omitting some of the facts makes in what you write makes it all sound quite rosy.
Since January 2013 for the first time in 50 years persons with valid passports are able to travel abroad.
Several restrictions remain for certain Cubans in strategic professionals and strategic occupations like leading members of the communist party, military officers, top scientists, perhaps even some lesser scientists, athletes like boxers and baseball players. The new passport law also says any Cuban who is deemed a threat to national security, anyone who has ever been in a protest, political bloggers, activists, those deemed to be anti or counter revolutionary, or any other public interest can be denied a passport, language broad enough to include nearly any dissident, and that's what is happening, many are being denied passports, not just for what they have done in the past, but what someone in their family may of done, or be perceived to have done.
It's not now the restrictions for many Cubans who want to travel abroad, it's getting a passport. The queues outside Havana's immigration offices have grown longer as the months have gone by. Cubans apply for their first passport, believing it may all end again. And its a long and difficult process, lots of background checks, many rejections.
The passport is the only Cuban document they need to travel now, as the days of requesting an exit permit to leave the island are finally over.
The cost of the passport at US$100 is equivalent to four months wages for those working and earning $25 a month, not an hour, not a day, a month.
Even with passports, Cubans need visas to visit most places, with exception of a handful of destination countries what are considered socialist, or communist party and Marxist leadership acceptable countries to the Cuban Marxist regime and its communist party.
Cambodia, Cook Islands
Georgia, Grenada, Guinea
Malaysia, Maldives, Micronesia, Mongolia, Montenegro
Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Sechelles, Serbia, Singapore
We must also keep in mind that the Cubans still to this very day have the largest propaganda machine in the Caribbean, the largest number of trained members of elite Marxist infiltrators throughout the Caribbean, South America and a few other places.
They are still training revolutionaries. They are still interfering in the internal politics of small islands and in some cases have activated long term moles within small sovereign countries in an attempt to bring them under the Marxist umbrella . You only have to take notice of the interference in the politics of Venezuela where they have installed an elite Cuban group of Cuban military known as the Black Wasps, who are currently killing and mutilating students and opposition demonstrators.