Wednesday, June 30, 2010

That Blockade

No, not the one on Gaza.

The one with no travel and food restictions?

The one on Cuba.

By the US:-

A congressional panel is poised to take the first step toward ending a decades-old U.S. ban on travel to Cuba and removing other hurdles to food sales to the Caribbean island, a senior lawmaker said on Tuesday.

It's a

nearly 50-year-old U.S. embargo on communist-led Cuba

50 years???

But it seems there'll be strong resistance from conservative lawmakers and Cuban-Americans who oppose any step to ease restrictions on trade and travel with Cuba until a democratic government is in power in Havana.

So I checked:-

The United States embargo against Cuba is a commercial, economic, and financial embargo partially imposed on Cuba in October 1960. Entitled the Cuban Democracy Act, the embargo was codified into law in 1992 with the stated purpose of maintaining sanctions on Cuba so long as the Cuban government continues to refuse to move toward "democratization and greater respect for human rights". In 1996, Congress passed the Helms-Burton Act, which further restricted United States citizens from doing business in or with Cuba, and mandated restrictions on giving public or private assistance to any successor government in Havana unless and until certain claims against the Cuban government are met. In 1999, U.S. President Bill Clinton expanded the trade embargo even further by ending the practice of foreign subsidiaries of U.S. companies trading with Cuba. In 2000, Clinton authorized the sale of certain "humanitarian" US products to Cuba...It is the most enduring trade embargo in modern history.

No flotillas, though.

Well, none going in.

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Juniper in the Desert said...

brilliant point!

parrhesia said...

During the decades-long Cuban blockade, the U.S. did not ship on a daily basis thousands of tons of humanitarian aid into the country. Nor did the "International Community" require it to do so. Nor did Castro vow genocidal elimination of the United States.

Anonymous said...

I think one of the most important points is that blockades do NOT work. Maybe Israel could learn that lesson.

Anonymous said...

Oh, and also not too many Cubans were abducted by the US, as far as I am informed. Nor were they bombed at any point.