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04-13-2009, 07:27 PM
US President Barack Obama lifts travel, cash curbs on Cuba
From correspondents in Washington, USA

US President Barack Obama has made a landmark gesture to communist Cuba, lifting all curbs on travel and money transfers by Cuban-Americans to the island for the first time in three decades.The White House said the move was intended to encourage an expansion of democratic and political rights in Cuba and called on Havana to respond in kind in order to help ease decades of fierce antipathy between the bitter foes.

But the move left a longstanding US trade embargo largely intact, with the White House saying it was up to the Cuban government whether Mr Obama's steps, which were in line with his campaign promises, would result in a thawing of chilled relations between the two sides."President Obama has directed that a series of steps be taken to reach out to the Cuban people to support their desire to enjoy basic human rights and to freely determine their country's future,'' White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said.

"The President has directed the secretaries of state, treasury and commerce to carry out the actions necessary to lift all restrictions on the ability of individuals to visit family members in Cuba and to send them remittances,'' Mr Gibbs added.In terms of improving the strained ties, "in many ways that depends on the actions of the Cuban government,'' Mr Gibbs said.

"The President would like to see greater freedom for the Cuban people. "There are actions that he can and has taken today to open up the flow of information to provide some important steps to help that. But he's not the only person in this equation.''The moves will not result in an immediate lifting of the 47-year-old US economic embargo on Cuba.

But Mr Obama's order would open a wide array of telecommunications links to the island, after decades of antipathy between Washington and Havana.It would allow US telecommunications network providers to link to Cuba with fibre-optic cables and satellite technology and permit US wireless telephone providers to enter roaming service agreements with Cuban firms.

It would also permit US satellite radio and satellite television service providers to broadcast to the island.


04-13-2009, 08:02 PM
Bet Ernest Hemingway would be happy...he loved Havana.

Of course back then, Cuba didn't look like a hole in the wall and wasn't being run by a communist dictator.

04-14-2009, 10:04 AM
I think this could help end Castro's regime, maybe in the best possible way. Business leads to more prosperity among the working classes. Once people get a taste of a higher standard of living, they tend to want it all. Look at the situation in China and how quickly things there started to change since we opened trade with them. It wasn't easy, and the Chinese government has done some terrible things to try to stop the changes, but they have come anyways.

At the very least, americans won't have to go to Canada to buy cuban cigars, and the americans can make the tax money off of them, instead.