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April 24, 2018

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Cuban Embargo
Last Featured: 8/5/2002

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The cold war is over and global communism is no longer considered a serious threat. Is it time to end Cuba’s isolation? Embargo supporters say no. They argue that Fidel Castro’s reign is still morally wrong citing human rights abuses that must not go unpunished. Recently, however, many of America’s closest allies have loosened their restrictions on Cuba while others are wondering when the U.S. will follow suit. Advocates for ending the embargo say it has done nothing to harm Castro or his politics—only the Cuban people. Should we engage Cuba or embargo it?

Ambassador Sally Grooms Cowal is President of the Cuba Policy Foundation, an organization that supports the lifting of the U.S. embargo against Cuba. Prior to founding this organization, Ambassador Cowal served in the U.S. Foreign Service for over twenty years. She was Counselor for Political Affairs at the U.S. Mission to the U.N. and Minister-Counselor at the U.S. Embassy in Mexico under President Reagan and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Inter-American Affairs under President George Bush. Under Presidents Bush and Clinton Ms. Cowal served as Ambassador to Trinidad and Tobago. She was also the Former Director of External Relations, U.N. Programme on HIV/AIDS in Geneva and the Former President of Youth for Understanding.

Joe Garcia is the Executive Director of the Cuban American National Foundation, the largest Cuban organization in exile, with thousands of members across the United States. Garcia is an attorney and currently the Chairman of the Florida Public Service Commission and a consultant to the National Energy Regulatory Commission. Prior to his service on the Commission, he was Executive Director of the Cuban Exodus Relief Fund, the Cuban American National Foundations private sector resettlement program, and was Assistant Director of the Salvadorean American Foundation, where he coordinated fund-raising efforts for humanitarian relief campaigns. He is a director of the Latin Chamber of Commerce.

Closing Quote
"The animosity which nations reciprocally entertain is nothing more than what the policy of their governments excites to keep up the spirit of the system. Each government accuses the other as a means of heating the imagination of their respective nations and incensing them to hostilities."

— Thomas Paine

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Statute Cuban Liberty and Democratic Solidarity (Libertad) Act of 1996 (Helms-Burton Act), Pub. L. No. 104-114, 110 Stat. 785 (codified at 22 U.S.C. § 6021 et seq.).
OFAC Embargo Report
US State Department Cuba Report
US – Cuba Trade and Economic Council
USDA Foreign Agricultural Service
Human Rights Watch Report
Center for International Policy Cuba Program
The Heritage Foundation
The Cato Institute
Global Exchange Campaign to End the U.S. Blockade of Cuba
Americans for Humanitarian Trade With Cuba
Cuban Committee for Democracy
End the Embargo Coffee
Project InfoMed USA / Cuban Solidarity Web site
Alliance for a Responsible Cuba Policy
Cuba American National Foundation
Cuba Policy Foundation
Cuba and the United States: A Chronological History
by Jane Franklin
Cuba: Confronting the U.S. Embargo
by Peter Schwab
Journey to the Heart of Cuba
by Carlos Alberto Montaner
Real Life in Castro`s Cuba
by Catherine Moses
To Speak the Truth: Why Washington’s ‘Cold War’ Against Cuba Doesn’t End
by Fidel Castro et al.
The Tension Between Security and Liberty in the War on Terror
Immigration and Policy
The Cuban Embargo