Saturday, April 04, 2009

Return to Cuba

Good news for Cuba. President Obama will ease the strain of the long standing embargo, allowing Cuban American families to visit the Island and send financial aid to their families. It's a slick move that allows the president to bypass the need for Congressional approval.

The embargo has been a dead weight on Cuba leaving it's citizens in an artificially created impoverished state. It's also tarnished the image of the United States in the world. Starving a population for political ends does not engender sympathy, no matter what the demagogues at FOX news say..

Read Havana bay, the fourth of Martin Cruz Smith's Arkady Renko series for an idea of the Island . Watch Ry Cooder's Buena Vista Social Club to feel the soul of Cuba, the music and images are unforgettable.

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