“In Cuba, the Obama administration’s priority is to empower Cubans to freely determine their own future. The most effective tool we have for doing that is building connections between the Cuban and American people, in order to give Cubans the support and tools they need to move forward independent of their government. U.S. citizens, engaging in well-defined, purposeful travel, are the best ambassadors for our democratic ideals.”
From the Democratic Party National Platform: “We have taken additional steps to bolster Cuban civil society, expanding purposeful exchanges that bolster independent religious groups on the island and enhancing the free flow of information to, from, and among the Cuban people. Going forward we will continue to support the Cuban people’s desire to freely determine their own future.”
And from the people over at Cuban Americans For Engagement, a petition: “Understand that Cuban Americans do not unanimously support the embargo.” I’ve got my fingers crossed for more engagement going forward.
“The only thing that lies between Americans and the sultry streets of Havana these days is the Florida Straits, since the Obama administration has widened the kind of travel allowed.”
Just a wee bit misleading, this— 90 miles of Florida Straits stretch long and arduous when the paperwork and cost of visas and charter flights are factored in.
And the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Tufts University, and others. Easier, but still not quite easy.
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