“Smart diplomacy”, again, announced on Friday afternoon when nobody’s paying attention,
U.S. Eases Cuba Travel Restrictions
Under the changes, religious institutions and universities engaged in academic study will be allowed to organize trips to Cuba without permission from the U.S. government first.
In addition, other educational institutions may request permission for special trips that don’t involve course credit. This restores a people-to-people exchange that was instituted under President Bill Clinton but cut off by President George W. Bush.
Pure tourist travel will remain illegal. And the administration didn’t propose lifting the long-standing trade embargo with the country.
The new rules also will allow any airport that qualifies to provide service to licensed charter flights to Cuba. Under current law, only three airports are authorized to offer the flights.
And they will allow any American to send up to $500 per quarter to non-family members in Cuba, as long as the Cubans aren’t senior government officials or senior members of the Cuban Community Party.
“As long as the Cubans aren’t senior government officials or senior members of the Cuban Community Party” At least not directly, you mean? Who thinks that the party officials aren’t going to be asking for their cut?
What did the US get in return?