Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Rob Horowitz, GoLocalProv MINDSETTER™
Years have passed and tensions between the US and Cuba have eased; it may finally be time to lift the country’s trade embargo.
Spending last week in Cuba (along with 17 other people—mainly Rhode Islanders) on an interesting, fun and thought provoking trip put together by URI Political Science Professor and public radio and television regularMaureen Moakley, leaves me more convinced then ever that it is long past time to end our ill-advised trade embargo with Cuba and normalize diplomatic relations.
Our policy towards Cuba is a vestige of the Cold War, stemming from when Fidel Castro originally took power and began to move Cuba towards a one-party Communist form of government more than 50 years ago. The United States first put in place the trade embargo in 1960 and broke off diplomatic relations a year later.