The Effects Of The Cuban Embargo

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The Cuban embargo was signed in 1962 by President John F. Kennedy. The embargo consists of a variety of economic sanctions against Cuba, as well as the restriction on travel for all United States citizens. Today, President Obama wants to lift these bans on Cuba in hopes to help the Cuban citizens as well as the U.S. economy. The idea of lifting the sanctions has sparked controversy across America. Through the 54 years that the embargo has been signed, it has become clear that the outdated sanctions on Cuba should be lifted.
One of the largest problems with the Cuban embargo is that sanctions have a history of failure. Most past sanctions have been used to the advantage of the dictators oppressing the citizens within the country. They use
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The United States misses out on an entire culture full of amazing food and traditions solely based on a disagreement that took place in the era of the cold war. The United States would be able to represent American values to the oppressed if the sanctions were lifted. President Obama has even stated that “nobody represents America’s values better than the American people and I believe this contact will ultimately do more to empower the Cuban people” (Michele par 5). The common values of Americans are often taken for granted by American people but are often seen as some of the most desirable values in the world. Being granted the ability to travel to Cuba and express the good-old-fashioned American values could become one of the biggest motivators of change in Cuba. These people would have more knowledge on the ways that successful countries are run and may start a revolution. The embargo was noted to help the government more than the people and “…made them have less access to international communications. So now that the Cuban people have much greater access, or will have, that will speed change” (Michele par 7). The democratic system of America is infectious to those who know and understand the values of it. The Cuban people would demand change once they have access to the democratic culture of America. Cuban culture would also be just as beneficial to the American people as American culture is to the Cuban people. The arts and culture of other countries often have a special place throughout American society. Americans are some of the most diverse people in the world. Adding onto the abundance of cultures celebrated in America would only bring the countries closer together. Adding Cuban culture to the melting pot that is the United States could open so many opportunities for the American people to begin to

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