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March 10, 2009
U.S. misses out on flourishing Cuban business

For 47 years, the United States has imposed a trade embargo against communist Cuba. And in recent years, former President Bush made it harder to travel to Cuba. It’s not clear how or when those restrictions, or the embargo, will be eased. What is clear is that there are plenty of American businesses losing out on opportunities in Cuba in the meantime.

Worldfocus special correspondent Peter Eisner and producer Ara Ayer venture to Cuba and report that from agriculture to medicine to oil, the island is a sea of lost opportunity for American businesses.

Also, listen to our radio show exploring the roots of U.S.-Cuban relations and potential changes under President Barack Obama.

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11 comments

#11

Aaron, what an ignorant comment. As a Cuban-American I am offended. You probably do think Cuba is a beautiful place where everyone is “happy” because you probably stayed in the tourist areas; a Disney-facade of the real country where human rights are routinely denied. This is the country where my family and friends have been imprisoned and tortured; a country that has robbed their people of their belongings and self worth; a country where freedom of speech is met with the strongest resistance. I suggest you do a little more research before you speak on a country you obviously know nothing about. You should start by reading the blogs from people within Cuba like Yoani Sanchez who has won many prizes for her brave writing, such as the María Moors Cabot 2009, for which she was not able to accept in person because the Cuban government did not allow her to travel (she was recently beaten and interrogated by the police). Don’t you find it odd that the people you meet while visiting Cuba are not allowed to visit you and your country?

#10

the last time I was in Havana,we landed at the jose Marti airport and were in line to pass emigation.the authority apparently saw something they did not like,and we[with a friend from Mass] were arested and taken to a military fort.the city was filled with machine guns and soldiers.we were questioned for a long time about Fidel Castro.I was actualy going to the University of Miami ,wearing kakies as I reciently got out of the usaf.we were later taken to the airport and told never to come back.my friend ask if they would stop on the way at a house of ill repute but the answer was no.oh well!

#9

I have been to Cuba many times and it is an amazing place that the US has not placed its grubby hands on. And I beleive this is what makes it so amazing. There is not need for the US there now, as the country is getting stronger by day with the tourism industry. It is a favourite destination of many. I have been all over the world and Cuba beats them all. The people are happy and that should be all that matters. It is a safe place unlike Mexico or The DR. And if anything it should be Cuba with an embargo against the US for trying to starve them out. Well, they survived and their country is doing better than ever.

#8

Oh, my gosh!, the poor American businesses are losing because of lack of access to Cuban Markets:

Let’s see:

– Cuba has 11 million people more or less
– Mexico has over 100 millions
– Brazil almost same or more.
– Which country will not confiscate American businesses or properties?

– Splenda has desplaced Sugar and Cigars and Cigarretes are not longer good for your health.
– Even the beaches are not good any more, since
Sun Tan can cause cancer!

So, is anybody missing on Cuba?

Just the accolites of Castro I and II.

#7

AMEL RODRIGUEZ, your comment is ignorant. The condemnation has done NOTHING for us yet has been a tremendous burden on the Cuban people for decades. It’s also made it very difficult for family members to see each other, seperated only by 100 miles.
I’m a devout Republican, but our position on this is laughable. Not only that, but the embargo and constant sabre rattling has only fueled the spread of socialism around Central and South America.
Get your facts straight before posting something so naive.

#6

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#5

No, Mr. Rodriguez, lifting the embargo would be a long overdue overturning of a policy bought with votes and money by extremist Cuban exiles in South Florida. The reasons for the policy are stupid and anti-democratic, the policy has been unsuccessful and counterproductive, and it is unconscionable that this minority of Cuban-Americans has been able to use lies and lobbying and undue political influence to unconstitutionally restrict the rights of the rest of us American citizens when we wish to trade with or travel to Cuba.
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#4

No, Mr. Rodriguez, lifting the embargo would be a long overdue overturning of a policy bought with votes and money by extremist Cuban exiles in South Florida. The reasons for the policy are stupid and anti-democratic, the policy has been unsuccessful and counterproductive, and it is unconscionable that this minority of Cuban-Americans has been able to use lies and lobbying and undue political influence to unconstitutionally restrict the rights of the rest of us American citizens when we wish to trade with or travel to Cuba.

#3

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#1

For the USA to lift the embargo and increase trade with Cuba will be trading principles for money. So far the USA is almost ony country who has stand firm in his condemnation of Cuba’s dictatorship.

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