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The CBC and change on Cuba

Black Caribbean Literature (BCL)
Newspaper Article
Publication Date:
Apr 15-Apr 21, 2009
Cincinnati, OH
African American Research Center, Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject Term:
International relations, United States, African Americans, Cuba, Castro, Fidel, Caribbean, Public policy, Presidents, Government, US, Legislatures, Meetings, Dictatoships
Since 1959, when Fidel Castro overturned the corrupt, proAmerican government of Fulgencio Batista and declared Cuba a communist nation, the American policy has been one of not just opposing the Cuban government, but of isolating Cuba and its citizens from all economic and social interaction with the United States. The reality is that allowing trade and travel does not eliminate our ability to address Cuba's human rights problems. In fact, one could argue - as even some conservatives did when we participated in the 2008 Olympics in Beijing - that such interaction gives greater voice to questions of human rights in Cuba. Our policy against Cuba has largely been shaped by the politics of Florida, where anti-Castro Cuban immigrants have long been a powerful economic and political force. But even that is changing; younger Americans of Cuban origin are becoming increasingly more likely to support travel to, and trade with, Cuba.