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Writing in Madrid’s El Pais (Spanish here, translation here), dissident Oscar Espinosa Chepe discusses the economics of Cuba’s tourism industry, then calls for an opening in U.S policy in the interest of promoting a “democratic, reconciled Cuba:”
“In these circumstances, the mechanisms established by the
authorities, aimed at isolating Cuban society from contact with its citizens, and even with Cuban-Americans, are counterproductive and incomprehensible. In fact, it is aligned with the policy always promoted by the Cuban Government, of keeping the people on the U.S. Islandisolated from any outside contact. The only sensible thing that could help the Cuban people is what was done in Eastern Europeand later in and China , where the ties between the peoples were fostered and continue to be fostered, with unquestionable success. Viet Nam
“One would hope that, with the new balance of power in the U.S. Congress and Senate [sic], there will be more understanding of this matter, and that there will be a radical change in the policy toward Cuba, especially because Cuba-U.S. relations are vital for the democratic transition in Cuba. A climate of tension and suspicion in the
Straits of Floridahas always been very helpful to the interests of the most change-resistant sector of the Cuban Government.
“So, the proposals made recently by Representatives Jeff Flake, Bill Delahunt, Mrs. Emerson, and Charles Rangel, among other important
legislators, all made with great common sense and which, if approved, would doubtless significantly benefit efforts on behalf of a democratic, reconciled U.S. , where human rights are respected, are essential to Cubans.” Cuba