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    The NY Times is wrong about the Cuba embargo again

    The NY Times is wrong about the Cuba embargo again
    By Silvio Canto, Jr.
    October 16, 2014

    Our friends at The New York Times decided to reprint the same long list
    of reasons for ending the U.S. embargo on the Castro regime in Cuba.

    We heard the same tired arguments that lifting the embargo will
    encourage change in Cuba and will allow American tourists to tell Cubans
    about freedom, and that doing business with the U.S. will magically
    bring prosperity to the island. Last but not least, the Times blamed
    Cuban Americans for forcing U.S. politicians to stick with the embargo.

    The Times did say that Cuba is still a repressive state:

    The authoritarian government still harasses and detains dissidents. It
    has yet to explain the suspicious circumstances surrounding the death of
    the political activist Oswaldo Payá.

    Here is the problem: lifting the U.S. embargo will not do a darned thing
    to change Cuba or make life better for the people. Instead, it will
    provide the Cuban state companies who do joint ventures with
    international companies with an opportunity to draw on U.S. export or
    import credits.

    Furthermore, Cuba needs these “credits” because most countries are sick
    and tired of doing business with the Castro regime and not getting paid
    on time. Just ask Mexico and others, who have had to write off or
    reschedule their debts!

    Incredibly, the Times does not call for the release of Mr. Allan Gross
    in Cuba prior to any conversations about lifting the embargo. The
    editorial does not call on the Castro regime to “lift the embargo” on
    Cuban dissidents or independent journalists.

    As a Cuban-American who has grown up in the U.S., I will listen to
    anyone who can show me that lifting the embargo will help the Cuban
    people. So far, no one has persuaded me. I still think that lifting
    the embargo will have one beneficiary: Fidel Castro, Inc.!

    P.S. You can hear CANTO TALK here & follow me on Twitter @ scantojr.

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