Cuba

Trump Threatens to Roll Back Obama’s Cuba Policy - The New York Times

In a post on Twitter, he said he would “terminate” the pact President Obama made if Cuba is unwilling to make “a better deal for the Cuban people.”

(via Trump Threatens to Roll Back Obama’s Cuba Policy - The New York Times)

I’m going to guess that the “better deal for the Cuban people” he speaks of involves building a Trump Plaza Havana.

And this is happening while everyone talks about his newest dumb tweet.

Jeb Bush Wants a Tougher Cuban Embargo

Jeb Bush Wants a Tougher Cuban Embargo:

the benefactors of President Obama’s ill-advised move will be the heinous Castro brothers who have oppressed the Cuban people for decades.

Or maybe the embargo was more beneficial to the Castro brothers. The fact that they held on to power for a half century while all the other communist nations, except for North Korea, either reformed or fell should tell us something.

Republicans Believe in the Power of the Free Market—Except in Cuba, Apparently

Republicans Believe in the Power of the Free Market—Except in Cuba, Apparently:

There is no precedent for setting full democratic reform as a precondition to economic relations. Since 2011, Raul Castro has implemented 250 economic reforms modeled after the system in Communist China. In the 1970s, the U.S. normalized trade relations with China, Romania, Czechoslovakia, and Hungary after they took similar steps to implement preliminary economic reform. Even after economic normalization, the U.S. continued to pressure these countries to improve their human rights practices. As Obama said, “We know from hard-learned experience that it is better to encourage and support reform than to impose policies that will render a country a failed state.”

It seems foolish to think you can push for political or economic reforms in isolation. The two must go hand in hand if you want either reform to yield positive results.

Viva the back nine! Luxury Golf Resorts Heading to Cuba

50 years later, foreign developers say the Cuban government has swung in nearly the opposite direction, giving preliminary approval in recent weeks for four large luxury golf resorts on the island, the first in an expected wave of more than a dozen that the government anticipates will lure free-spending tourists to a nation hungry for cash.

The four initial projects total more than $1.5 billion, with the government's cut of the profits about half. Plans for the developments include residences that foreigners will be permitted to buy - a rare opportunity from a government that all but banned private property in its push for social equality.


From NYTimes.com

Viva the back nine!