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February 15, 2010
Cuban trade embargo continues to impair bilateral relations

Jose Moya, a professor of Latin American history at Barnard College, joins Daljit Dhaliwal to talk about the impact of the U.S. trade embargo on Cuba.

Moya explains what the embargo has meant for Cuban businesses and for U.S. companies investing in Cuba. He also discusses what he sees as the future of U.S.-Cuban economic relations.

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What has not been said enough is that until now it is Cubans’ well being what has been most damaged by the embargo.


Dr. Moya did not adequately describe the potential impact of lifting the embargo on either the US or Cuba. The embargo both cripples Cuba’s economy directly and depresses it indirectly. Cuba’s inefficiencies are in part a function of ideology and in part a response to threat.

The primary issue in any case is why the Administration has not acted to end the counter-factual listing of Cuba as a State Sponsor of Terror and to open non-tourist travel for educational, cultural, religious and humanitarian purposes. Then it will be up to Congress to end all restrictions on the freedom of Americans to be tourists.

Retiring the embargo is a crucial step in normalization of relations, but focusing on it too much misses what is at stake now.

John McAuliff
Fund for Reconciliation and Development
Dobbs Ferry, NY

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