Published On: Thu, Aug 6th, 2015

Time to change measures against Cuba, says New York Times

nytimesHAVANA, Cuba - The laws and coercive measures implemented by various US administrations against Cuba remain frozen in time and it's time to change them, points out an editorial on Monday in The New York Times.

The article entitled Growing Momentum to Repeal Cuban Embargo, describes as a failed attempt the use of coercion to try to change the course of history and influence the decisions of the island.

Similarly, it emphasizes that with the reestablishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries, a significant majority of US citizens and the vast majority of Cubans want the lifting of the US embargo.

It is time for Congress to help change the policy towards Cuba, underlines the article.

The editorial refers some of the actions carried out by US lawmakers to rethink US policy in this regard, such as Republican Tom Emmer and Democrat Kathy Castor, both of them from Florida, who last week presented a bill in the House of Representatives, for the lifting of the embargo.

Earlier last month, the Senate Appropriations Committee passed amendments that would allow US citizens to travel to Cuba freely and ease some commercial interactions.

The New York Times recalled that, despite these actions, Cuba is still the only country in the world to which US citizens are banned from traveling as tourists, and face severe penalties for doing so.

The article also criticizes the negative positions of legislators of Cuban origin, and calls on that country's Congresspersons to consider the broad support of the US public opinion for to the lifting of the embargo.

In that connection, it referred to a Pew Research Center poll released on July 21, which shows that 72 percent of US citizens support ending the embargo against Cuba, up from 66 percent in January. The survey found that 55 percent of conservative Republicans favour ending the embargo, up from 40 percent in January; 34 percent of prospective Latino voters would favour a candidate who continued Obama's Cuba policy, while 14 percent said the opposite. Among Cuban-Americans, 40 percent said they would back a candidate who favours normalizing relations, while 26 percent said they would not.

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