Obama administration lifts some Cuba travel restrictions

2011.01.18

The president has issued his new Cuba travel regulations, and I am disappointed. Despite  what the Cuban government has been doing regarding prisoner releases and opening of their society,  President Obama is still bowing to the hard liners in Miami at the expense of the Cuban and American people.  Then new regulations leave us about where we were under President Clinton, which is better than we were under President Bush, but it’s still a one of a kind foreign policy which only effects Cuba and no other country in the world.

There is no need for our embargo against Cuba, and the travel ban is constitutionally questionable since it allows Cuban Americans to travel to the island, but prohibits the rest of us from going.  I thought this might end under Obama, but I guess we should have known it wouldn’t when he  made a campaign stop at the home of Gloria Estefan, a great singer, but a right-wing hardliner  with direct family ties to the Batista dictatorship  which the Cuban revolution  deposed.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/01/14/AR2011011405476.html

¡Feliz cumpleaños, Comandante!

2010.08.16

jim@cubaconnections.org

The saddest day in the year has passed for some residents of Miami. Fidel Castro just celebrated his 84th birthday, with comments and congratulations  coming in from all over the world.

http://www.postbulletin.com/newsmanager/templates/localnews_story.asp?z=50&a=465202

http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/world/2010-08/14/content_11154179.htm

http://www.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/americas/08/13/cuba.castro.birthday/index.html?iref=mpstoryview

Vowing that he hasn’t changed and that he is still a revolutionary, Castro has come on strong in the past several months, much to the dismay of radical exile Cubans.  It was only 4 years ago that there was literally dancing in the streets of Miami (below) as word spread of his health problems, which the exiles turned into his death watch. Once again, Castro has outlived and outwitted his enemies.

For those of us in the United States, it is more of the same captivity of our foreign policy by those who don’t like the current Cuban government. It is a clear violation of our freedom to travel and has cost American businesses billions in lost trade. Waiting for the Castro brothers to die is hardly a way to build a foreign policy, as the failures of the past 50 years have conclusively proven.