KJ, its now time to end this ridiculous out of date embargo against Cuba just to satisfy some outdated Republican Cubans now sunning themselves on the beaches of Florida. When Lord commented on the Cuban peso being equal to the dollar before Castro, he mysteriously forgot to mention the corrupt Batista regime behind it. The embargo is a relic of the red scare 20th century. The best way to initiate change on the island is to lift the embargo. But it would be bad for business in the US. And to pull away from China’s tit would be too much like right. A lot of hypocrites in my opinion. And while you are reading articles, you might want to check out this open letter from Michael Skolnik. [globalgrind.com]
@Gerald I feel you. But my issue wasn’t with the people of Cuba but rather Jay-Z’s response to the trip. I feel like this could have been an opportunity for him to enlighten, to open dialogue, and speed up the process of which you speak. Instead, he got pissed that someone would have the audacity to question his travel plans (to a country–right or wrong) that is illegal for the MAJORITY of the Nation to visit, and say some dumb shit like “Let me commit a real crime”…
Childest at best, misguided anger at worst.
So, I agree–it’d be awesome if this embargo was lifted. But the fact is, that A) there is NO financial benefit for us to do business with Cuba (sans Rum and cigars), which is why it’s so easy to ignore China’s history with Communism/there is no rush for our government to lift it and B) all the money we WOULD send to that country would only fund a government that’s still hell bent on oppressing/killing their own people (read the letter I linked too).
It’s his money and he can visit any country he likes. I just wasn’t empressed by the way he handled this and our cutlture’s fawning over his “real hip hop” approach.
It’s actually not illegal for anyone to go to Cuba these days (thanks to Obama). You can go, but it involves State Dept. approval, which can be attained through various third party organizations who organize these trips (this is how Jay-Z and Beyonce got to go). It’s also quite expensive, but it’s definitely not illegal. You just can’t book it through expedia.
Also, funny how the most oppressive part of Cuba, the one where the most human rights violations occur, has no involvement from the Cuban government. It’s actually a US territory. We have no reason to stay on the high horse and act like we’re not guilty of worse.