Effects of the Embargo

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The Effects of the US Embargo on Cuba

Resourceful Cubans keep old U.S. automobiles running. Surplus tires sit outside a tire factory awaiting use. Selective neglect of some old building show strain for pesos. Old buildings in Havana beg for paint, while scarce dollars are diverted to higher priorities. Scarcity of petroleum inspires resourceful alternatives.
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Cuba is an island in between the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea. Cuba is a socialist republic, often refereed to in the U.S. press as a communist dictatorship. Diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Cuba have been tense since the United States expanded its embargo on Cuba. The trade embargo has caused severe suffering for the citizens of Cuba, while causing the government to take drastic measures to care for its people.

If we look at the history of Cuba, we would find that, since the Spanish Conquistadors conquest in South America, Cuba has been controlled either directly or indirectly by other countries.

The Center for International Policy believes that, "the 36-year-old embargo against Cuba is a cruel and irrational policy that works against the goals it professes to achieve. Isolating Cuba only strengthens the Castroite position on the island; the U.S. will only bring an end to authoritarian rule in Cuba through a measure of political and economic engagement." 

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