An Insider's View of Cuban-American Relations
Llovio-Menendez, Jose Luis
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BIOGRAPHICAL NOTEJose Luis Llovio Menendez was a medical student at the University of Havana from 1952-58 and a member of the Revolutionary Directorate and of the 26th of July Movement. Subsequently he studied medicine at the Sobonne and was Export Director of a French chemical frim from 1958-65. He returned to Cuba in 1965 and served with the Planning Department of the Ministry of Construction until 1966 when he became Chief of Medical Serivces, Cuban Armed Forces, Camaguey Province. From 1967-72, Mr. Llovio was Chief of Capital Investments at the Cuban Film Institute and then Director of Capital Investments at the Cuban Sugar Ministry from 1972-77.SUMMARY Theme one was Castro's one man, personalistic, idiosyncratic, revolution exporting rule. Theme two was the US pendulum policy of no trade, no dollars, no tourism that helped Castro consolidate his rule versus interest section creation and other concessions in the hope of gaining reciprocal concessions from Castro; both policies failed to advance US interests. Theme three was that the Cuban domestic economy, like that of the USSR, is decaying: centrally controlled, apathetic and disaffected populace, a class gap, plus declining international prestige and growing foreign debt.