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

Travel to Cuba : A worldwide right – An American Crime

2011.01.11

Havana at Sunrise

The election of a Democratic controlled congress in 2008 led many of us to believe that the ban on travel to Cuba might finally be lifted. For a lot of reasons, it never happened. The question of if it ever will should be back on the table. Surprisingly there is talk that the Republican house majority may just be the best way to get it through, with Tea Party conservatives offering libertarian solutions which could force this draconian one of a kind foreign policy to the historical scrap-heap where it belongs.

Meanwhile the rest of the world continues to see Cuba as the safe and interesting vacation destination that it is. A British cruise liner has docked in Havana, and Cuban tourism officials are awaiting many more

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/jan/06/cuba-warm-welcome-british-cruise-liner

The Brits also poked fun at the American Embargo and Travel Ban, laughing at our 50 year folly.

http://travelblog.dailymail.co.uk/2011/01/cuba-why-does-america-treat-its-neighbour-like-a-pariah-state-send-in-the-cruise-ships-and-watch-cha.html

Business Groups Will Push Cuba Travel Vote

2010.10.07

Several major business groups will push for a vote to lift the travel ban, but not until after the November elections.

El Capitolio- La Habana, Cuba

http://thehill.com/business-a-lobbying/122835-business-groups-want-cuba-vote-in-the-lame-duck

U.S. Congress delays vote on Cuba travel ban

2010.09.29

Travel to Cuba has been put on the back burner until after the elections. This is getting very serious for those wanting to end the constitutionally questionable ban on Americans visiting this peaceful and friendly country.

La Habana, Cuba

http://www.vancouversun.com/travel/Congress+delays+vote+Cuba+travel/3596590/story.html

Reaction to Cuba Economic News

2010.09.19

Here is something from the Washington Post, followed by my comment published September 18, 2010

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/09/17/AR2010091706754.html

Pinar del Rio, Cuba

For more than 100 years we in the U.S. have viewed Cuba from our perspective. We got rid of the Spanish, but increased our economic hold with the help of corrupt puppet governments. When the Castros came in with their version of Cuban independence, we could not understand it, since it did not allow us to continue to control the island. Following the lead of exile politicians in Miami, we have made mistake after mistake in trying to tell the Cubans how they should run their country. We are always assured that the end is near for the Revolutionary government if we would just keep up the pressure. So how has that worked for us for the past half century? Ending the economic blockade against Cuba, and the unconstitutional travel ban against the American people is long overdue.

Travel to Cuba Petitions

2010.09.10

Please sign this petition, and pass it on. The bill to end the travel ban may come up as early as next week.  With the expected changes in Congress next year, this could be the last chance in a long time to restore our constitutional  freedom to travel.

http://www.change.org/petitions/view/tell_congress_restore_the_right_to_travel_to_cuba

Wasting Millions on TV Marti

2010.08.24

As a former television newsman, one thing I knew is that you could never miss the story. No matter what, no matter how, you had to get there and report it. So can you imagine missing a story like the Inauguration of the President of the United States? TV Marti did.  TV and Radio Marti are the Miami based propaganda effort that has spent hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars supposedly bringing free and uncensored news to the people of Cuba. The piece points out the nepotism which has been a part of the station since it was moved from Washington to Miami.  What also needs to be known is that TV Marti  CANNOT BE SEEN in Cuba, since the Cuban government blocks this propaganda from its airwaves. A bigger waste of our tax dollars is difficult to find.

http://www.poder360.com/article_detail.php?id_article=4644&pag=1

Newspapers from across the country continue to call for an end to the travel ban.

In Louisville, Kentucky:

http://www.courier-journal.com/article/20100821/OPINION01/308210024/Editorial+|+Travel+to+Cuba

And the Boston Globe calls on Congress and the President to stop fighting the Cold War in Cuba.

http://www.boston.com/bostonglobe/editorial_opinion/editorials/articles/2010/08/20/still_fighting_the_cold_war/

Not an end to the Travel Ban!

2010.08.18

This piece in the New York Times implies that minor  changes may be coming in Cuba policy, but we need congressional legislation to end the travel ban.

Cuba Travel