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Bury dead embargo, open door to Cuba
Given steps toward a more open economy in Cuba, it is time for the US to move away from its current unyielding posture. There is much for the US to gain by ending the embargo. For one thing, by re-engaging with Cuba, the US will demonstrate it is no longer trying to control other states using a strong-arm approach.
For more than 50 years, successive presidential administrations in the United States have upheld an economic embargo in an ongoing campaign to undermine Fidel Castro’s Cuban Revolution. But keeping those sanctions in place for half a century has failed to unseat the socialist regime, which remains firmly in place—with Castro, then his younger brother, Raul, keeping a firm grip on power on the island.
It is safe to conclude that as an attempt to push Cuba into establishing a democratic government, the embargo has failed. What began as a partial commercial, economic and financial embargo in the 1960s has been strengthened over the years, first by the Cuban Democracy Act in 1992, then again in 1996 with the passage of the Helms-Burton Act, which prevents private citizens in the US from doing business in or with Cuba.
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