American sanctions could be lifted tomorrow and nothing would change for Cubans. The sanctions deny nothing to Cubans, except direct business contact with Americans. They can get anything they can afford through any other country in the world, even Israel. American drugs are sold by Canadian companies. And they are cheaper for Cubans than for Americans as a result. Cuba's own system is the source of their poverty. The only things the US Sanctions do is hurt those Americans who would like to trade with Cuba.
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from the article: Living with sanctions