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Pack Your Bags, We’re Going to Cuba

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Posted on Jun 30, 2010
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Well, not really. But American tourists are one tiny step closer to Cuba’s fine cigars and sandy beaches, thanks to a House Agriculture Committee vote narrowly recommending an end to the decades-old travel ban. Pro-embargo lawmakers in the House and Senate are expected to work their usual magic to defeat the measure.

Christian Science Monitor:

On Wednesday, the House Agriculture Committee wrangled over the legislation, finally voting 25 to 20 to recommend it to the full House. The divided vote reflected some members’ suspicion that the Agriculture Committee – which largely favored the farm-trade aspects of the bill – was being used by travel-rights advocates to get the lifting of the travel ban to the House floor.

The House Foreign Affairs Committee may also consider the legislation before it moves to the floor.

The Agriculture Committee’s close vote appears to portend rough days ahead for the bill, even though proponents of liberalizing US exchange with Cuba thought this was the best opportunity in years to chip away at the US embargo on Cuba.

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By Xntrk, July 1, 2010 at 9:23 pm Link to this comment

Don’t wait for the Congress to actually ‘make a difference’. Just head for Mexico [Cancun works] and fly from there. don’t go direct, lay-over one nite to confuse ‘la migra’ [they are not that bright]

Lonely Planet has a good guide book, complete with contacts for b&bs;. there are some good web sites too. Do your research, change your money to Canadian or Euros first, and enjoy yourself.

Do it before the oil hits the beaches.

As for the poor starving Cubans, they are pretty laid back about their suffering. A friend I made while I was their told me “I am so glad I was born in Cuba. I would have hated having to work every day…” I was their when Fidel ‘officially’ retired. Didn’t seem to get anyone too excited - Nothing like the celebrating when we finally got rid of Bush II.

The baseball is good - and only 2 cents to get in - the popcorn costs about the same. The ice cream is very tasty, and also cheap. Most Cubanos seem to prefer Becks Beer to the local brew, btw.

If you wait for permission, you might as well live in a ‘Dictatorship’!

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By dihey, July 1, 2010 at 12:50 pm Link to this comment

The discrimination by the Obama administration between Americans that have family in Cuba and those who have not flies in the face of our Constitution. It is constitutionally no different from the days when only white kids were allowed to attend white schools. Both abominations should never have been allowed to come about. If the Federal Government has a “compelling interest” that no American travel to Cuba without approval from the State Department then that compelling interest covers all Americans regardless of how many relatives they have in Cuba.

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By beeline, July 1, 2010 at 8:28 am Link to this comment

Surely the past should be left in the past. If Americans want to go to Cuba, why should they not be able to go, hire a car and explore the country and its fine cigars.

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By PatrickHenry, July 1, 2010 at 3:08 am Link to this comment

I agree with you MarthaA, the way the U.S. has treated Cuba is disgraceful and has really cost us alot of respect in the eyes of the rest of the world.

It’s amazing the sway a bunch of ex-pat right wing cubans in the sugar industry have over U.S. politics.

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By rico, suave, June 30, 2010 at 8:08 pm Link to this comment

Great news! I love Cuban cigars. And the Miami mafia has GOT to be champing at the bit at the thought of controlling all those casinos. I only hope los hermanos Castro take care of what they wish for. Too many yanquis bringing home too many negative stories about the sorry lives of ordinary Cubans might cast a shadow on prevailing liberal attitudes about the successes of la revolucion. !Viva Batista!

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By samosamo, June 30, 2010 at 7:51 pm Link to this comment

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Funny how our gumit is ‘opening’ cuba for ameicans to traval to
especially with this ongoing oil fiasco in the gulf which, who
knows, maybe will side step cuba altogether.

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By MarthaA, June 30, 2010 at 5:24 pm Link to this comment

It would be wonderful to have Cuba, our neighbor nation back.  I have always thought it to be disgraceful the way the US has treated Cuba strictly because of Capitalism.  Now that the U.S. is in so much debt from their “borrow and spend” warring nature, Cuba is looking much different, as is China.  All the sophism, propaganda and false rhetoric about Communism and socialism really should be dropped.

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