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By Emily Miller
Obama is losing the debate on gun ownership, concealed-carry permits
Topic - Philip Peters
HAVANA (AP) — Talk about sticker shock!
Ecuador's government said Thursday that a refugee travel document issued to National Security Agency leaker is unauthorized and invalid, which likely explains why Edward Snowden, whose U.S. passport has been revoked, is approaching his sixth day in the transit lounge at a Moscow airport.
After controlling the comings and goings of its people for five decades, communist Cuba appears on the verge of a decision to lift many travel restrictions.
After controlling its citizens' comings and goings for five decades, Cuba appears on the verge of a momentous decision to end many travel restrictions, with one senior official saying a "radical and profound" change is weeks away.
When Raul Castro acknowledged recently that it was time to hand over power to younger leaders, few were expecting the 80-year-old president to name somebody even older than himself as his No. 2.
The astronomical sticker prices on the cars will likely mean fewer sales and the state leaving money on the table, noted Philip Peters, a longtime Cuba analyst and president of the Virginia-based Cuba Research Center.
"There's a lot more money to be made at lower price points," Peters said. "It's a short-sighted tax-man's mentality. ... Paradoxically, they mark it up so much that they're not going to make any money. But that's the mentality."