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Cuba Embargo: 6 Issues That Have Led to Protests

By    |   Wednesday, 02 Dec 2015 05:24 PM

Since the embargo on Cuba, began by the Eisenhower administration in 1958, there have been many protests for and against its continuation. The embargo began as a ban on sales of arms to the Caribbean island but grew into one on all trade under the Kennedy administration as tensions escalated. The embargo effects life in Cuba but also has had knock-on effects on some parts of the U.S. economy. The heated debate focuses on whether to lift the embargo, and many issues have led to protests.

Here are six issues that have led to protests on the Cuba embargo.

1. Agriculture
In March 2015, a delegation of people representing agricultural interests in the U.S. visited Cuba to protest against the continuing embargo on trade, Reuters reported. A coalition of former agriculture secretaries, farm bureau representatives, and business interests wants the U.S. to reopen the lucrative trade with Cuba. The market in corn, rice, and wheat is worth a potential $2 billion to the U.S. agriculture sector annually and lifting the embargo to help the industry is a priority to the people leading the protests.

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2. Travel
Since the imposition of the embargo, the ban on travel to Cuba has led to many protests. For some people it has meant that they can’t travel home directly to see loved ones left behind. To ordinary Cubans the ban has separated families, and many have suffered the hardship of never seeing family members again. According to USA Today, protesters against the restrictions are getting much support.

3. Medicine
The embargo on all trade and cooperation with Cuba has led to many protesting the effects on the health of its citizens. Cuba now lags behind most of the advances in medicine because of the isolation of the embargo. People concerned with the health of the ordinary Cuban say cancer and HIV patients are most affected. A CNN report highlighted the troubles involved for those trying to get medicines and raw ingredients into the country.

4. Economy
The economy of Cuba has suffered with the lack investment from outside sources. In the government-controlled economy, growth has stagnated and opportunities are few. For the ordinary Cuban this has affected the lifestyle. Protests against the economic embargo say that entrepreneurs in the country need to be helped to build a better Cuba by trading with U.S. companies. Writing in The Huffington Post, Ted Henken and Archibald Ritter called on the Cuban government to encourage young Cuban entrepreneurs to develop a thriving national economy.

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5. Communications
The trade embargo has affected the communications network with telephone systems outdated and very poor Internet connectivity. A BBC report outlined how calls to and from Cuba can be very expensive for the ordinary Cuban. Protestors have called for the embargo to be eased so Cubans can access the Internet and communicate more freely with family living in the United States.

6. Tourism
Outside of the effect on individual families, the the lack of U.S. dollars has hit Cubans in the pocket who rely on tourism services as their only source of income. Protestors say that the embargo has devastated the tourist industry and slowed down the pace of change. A report from Bloomberg highlighted the effect of the embargo has on Cuba tourism.

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