Havana's shopping centres are losing their brightness as the United States embargo on American shipments of most commodities, excepting unsubsidised foodstuffs and medical supplies, is beginning to tall on Cuba's total imports.
GV Shot from car.. intervened store with sign.
TRAVEL SHOT.. Passing car accessories store which has been closed.
TRAVEL SHOT.. Passing closed shops.
TRAVEL SHOT.. Passing empty car showroom.
GV Buick showroom - no cars.
TRAVEL SHOT.. Another accessories store closed.
TRAVEL SHOT.. Stores with shutters down.
TRAVEL SHOT.. Ditto.
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Background: Havana's shopping centres are losing their brightness as the United States embargo on American shipments of most commodities, excepting unsubsidised foodstuffs and medical supplies, is beginning to tall on Cuba's total imports.
Motor firms and accessory shops, partly in the process of nationalisation, are particularly affected. In many cases, shopkeepers try to make up temporarily for the lack of supplies by cramming windows displays with all spare parts still in stock, but as the illusion passes it becomes evident that Cuba has been cut off painfully from the nearest and profoundest western source of materials. Now it seems Cuba must depend entirely on Russia and her allies for anything beyond the bare necessities of life.
Cuba is expected to retaliated for America's latest tightening of the trade screw by taking over the 350 United States concerns still operating in the island, most of them small undertakings. More than 90% of the major firms owned or controlled by American interests have been seized. Nearly 4090 American-owned firms were seized by the Cuban authorities only on October 14.