Political and civil rights abuses committed by the Cuban government have continued unabated in the three years since Raul Castro took over from his older brother, Fidel. U.S. travel and trade bans, therefore, must be lifted.
Although these conclusions — both included in the recent Human Rights Watch report, “New Castro, Same Cuba” — may seem incongruous, they are not. Rather, they illustrate that the economic pressure that failed to yield either regime change or human rights reforms over more than four decades of Fidel Castro’s rule is just as ineffective today as it has always been. Instead of continuing a failed policy, the Obama administration should craft a new one of incentives for Cuba to improve its human rights record.
You would think that the LA Times believes that Cuba’s horrible abuses are the responsibility of anyone other than the Communist Castros’ oppressive regime.
At least the LA Times recognizes that the US has made a move already
The Obama administration, to its credit, has relaxed travel restrictions on Cuban Americans, lifted limits on remittances and resumed limited negotiations on issues such as migration, but the engagement stopped there. Meanwhile, the Spanish government, which takes over the rotating presidency of the European Union in January, has indicated that it is seeking gestures from the Cuban government that would allow for normalization of relations with the EU.
Which by the way, is very little compared to what the political prisoners that Marc Masferrer blogs about every week are going through in their captivity — Go read his blog, and also don’t miss this post from Yoani on the conditions in the Castros’ gulag.
How’s that for “gestures from the Cuban government”, LA Times?