Brazil’s ban on Cuban cigars leaves left fuming

Havana alleges servile and perverse bid to back US embargo but Bolsonaro government cites strictly technical criteria for ban The Cuban government has accused Brazils far-right president of depriving Brazilian smokers of the best Habano cigars in the world as part of a servile and perverse US-backed campaign against the communist-run island. Jair Bolsonaro has made attacking authoritarian regimes a mainstay of his discourse since taking office in January wing. And some suspect that hostility lay behind Cubas flagship Cohiba cigars. The decision was reportedly based on the discovery that one batch of imported Cohibas contained an excess of sobric acid. Cubas foreign trade minister, Rodrigo Malmierca Daz, slammed the ban on Tuesday. A ridiculous pretext, he branded Brazils move …