Back to the past

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - EDITORIAL PAGE - MI­AMI HER­ALD

Are the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion’s new stricter rules on travel and trade with Cuba a re­turn to the past? The Cold War days. Likely. Is that a shame? Well, yes and no.

The new reg­u­la­tions an­nounced last week can­cel any di­rect U.S. fi­nan­cial trans­ac­tions with 180 en­ti­ties tied to the Cuban mil­i­tary and in­tel­li­gence and se­cu­rity ser­vices. We can’t ar­gue with the sound­ness of that move. It’s pos­si­ble this cor­rec­tion of the flow of money from the U.S. to the Cas­tro regime was needed.

Let’s be clear. In Cuba, for the most part, the gov­ern­ment owns ev­ery­thing. Money goes into its pock­ets—not the peo­ple’s. It’s naive to think oth­er­wise.

The edi­to­rial board has long sup­ported the eas­ing of re­la­tions with Cuba, but we have been dis­ap­pointed at how lit­tle Cuba has bent in the way it treats its peo­ple.

So this all im­por­tant is­sue—a re-ex­am­i­na­tion of where the money in­jected into the is­land’s econ­omy from the U.S. flows—is in order.

Cuban of­fi­cials said last week the new U.S. rules will harm the Cuban econ­omy and both its state and pri­vate sec­tors. But the change will also chan­nel eco­nomic ac­tiv­ity away from the mil­i­tary.

And wasn’t that the whole idea of the eas­ing re­la­tions? So that the in­ter­ac­tion would some­how bring change for the Cuban peo­ple?

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