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PriceSmart Jamaica, subsidiary of San Diego's PriceSmart, suspended the accounts of residents and staff of the Cuban Embassy and consular offices in Jamaica, according to the publication Gleaner.

PriceSmart has warehouse clubs throughout much of Latin America. The company says it was complying with U.S. law prohibiting transactions with citizens of Cuba who do not have permanent residency in Jamaica or another country. The embassy of Cuba says it will soon make a statement on the company's action.

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Ponzi April 10, 2014 @ 11:37 a.m.

So are the Cuban nationals that work at the permanent Mission to the UN of Cuba denied food and services also? Do the Swiss smuggle in provisions for the staff of the Cuba Interest Section in Washington, D.C. The politics are complicated and the U.S. has a tumultuous relationship with Cuba, but it’s time to end the sanctions. If we truly want to help the Cuban people and improve their state of affairs, we need to permit tourism, trade and investment. Cuba has embassies located in, and diplomatic relations with, most world nations. Stopping sales to the Cuban embassy will not hurt PriceSmart sales, nor will it stop the Cubans from filling their cupboards, but it does make the U.S. look petty. Doesn’t our government have more important things to be concerned with?

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Don Bauder April 10, 2014 @ noon

Ponzi: I agree with you: it's time to end sanctions on Cuba. However, I don't blame PriceSmart. It is just following U.S. law, however unenlightened that law is. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder April 11, 2014 @ 7:36 a.m.

CUBAN AMBASSADOR SAYS PRICESMART MOVE "CRIMINAL." JAMAICA'S FOREIGN MINISTRY TRYING TO BROKER RESOLUTION. According to The Gleaner, Cuban Ambassador to Jamaica Bernardo Guanche Hernandez calls PriceSmart's move "criminal" and "anachronistic." The moves "constitute a demonstration of how the government of the United States extra-territorially implements the criminal provisions of its economic and commercial and financial blockade against the Cuban people."

The Gleaner also says that Jamaica's Ministry of Foreign Affairs is seeking to broker a resolution of the situation. The foreign affairs minister is holding talks with the Cuban Embassy and PriceSmart Jamaica.

Again, it seems to me that PriceSmart is simply following American law -- and it's not up to the company to decide whether or not that law is enlightened. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder April 11, 2014 @ 7:37 a.m.

Renal Axford: You may be right. Best, Don Bauder

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