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Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Will President Obama restore trade with Cuba? Opposition increases toward 50-year-old embargo
In what can only be called wild speculation, the Western Standard asked in December if then-President-elect Barack Obama would end the embargo against Cuba.
At the time, pressure was coming from business associations within America to end the trade restrictions:
"We support the complete removal of all trade and travel restrictions on Cuba," a dozen such business associations, including the politically potent Business Roundtable, American Farm Bureau Federation, National Retail Federation, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce wrote, in a letter addressed to Obama Thursday.
International Trade Minister Stockwell Day had also just returned from the Pathways to Prosperity in the Americas ministerial meeting in Panama with renewed enthusiasm for Central and South American trade.
Since then, Arizona Republican Congressman Jeff Flake has sponsored the Freedom to Travel to Cuba Act, and this week Republican Senator Richard Lugar called for a “major reassessment of Washington's nearly half-century effort to isolate Cuba.”
During this year's presidential campaign, Obama himself had pledged to open talks with the Cuban government without preconditions and to relax the embargo – by repealing regulations promulgated by President George W. Bush – that limited both travel by Cuban Americans to their homeland and their ability to send remittances to their families there.
Will all of this be enough to restore trade with Cuba? And, more importantly, should this trade be restored?
Posted by Matthew Johnston
Posted by westernstandard on February 24, 2009 | Permalink
I'm encouraged by all these developments, but neither Flake's bill nor Lugar or Obama's statements support "normal trade relations," merely the relaxation of travel and some economic restrictions. Baby steps, I suppose.
I'm watching out for Obama to put the embargo screws on Iran. There are already restrictions on banking and financial transactions, and the calls from this summer for a blockade on enriched petroleum are back. This despite the International Atomic Energy Agency's continued confidence that no Iranian uranium has been diverted from energy uses and that Iran has fully reported its enrichment activities.
Let's just hope Obama has enough heart not to submit these beautiful women to any unnecessary hardship.
Posted by: Kalim Kassam | 2009-02-24 2:10:16 AM
A LOS PEORES CRIMINALES DE ESTDOS UNIDOS NO SE LES PROHIBE VER A SUS FAMILIAS SIMPLEMENTE POR QUE VA EN CONTRA DEL MAS ECENSIAL DERECHO DEL SER HUMANO.
PROHIBIRLE A LOS CUBANOS VER A SUS FAMILIARES CADA TRES A~OS ES UNA MEDIDA QUE SOLO PUDO TENER CABIDA EN LAS MENTES DE LOS SENADORES CUBANOAMERICANOSFACISTAS DE LA FLORIDA.
DIOS LIBRE A CUBA DE TALES PERSONAJES, SI ESE TIPO DE LIBERTAD ES LA QUE VAN A LLEVAR A CUBA QUE NI LO SUE~EN POR QUE EL PUEBLO CUBANO NO NECESITA TALES TIPOS DE DICTADORES ESTAFADORES DE LA LIBERTAD.
Posted by: JUAN PEREZ | 2009-02-27 6:57:40 PM
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