The ordinary people of Cuba are suffering, it is true, from shortages of basic commodities. There are two main reasons for this. One is the strengthening of the 30-year-old blockade by the 'Torricelli' Act and the other the collapse of the Soviet Union, which was its main trading partner. The government has striven to see that no Cuban goes hungry by means of rationing and is taking steps to restructure its economy, stepping up on tourism and encouraging joint ventures with foreign companies.
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