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With Joe Biden, there is an opportunity to normalize relations with Cuba again

The embargo is hurting not Russia but the Americans and the Cuban people. Plainly articulating this subject; jobs for the united states and prosperity for Cuba.

On January 3, 1961, the united states cut off diplomatic relations with the Republic of Cuba. In the climax of the deterioration of relations between the United States and Fidel Castro’s government in Cuba, President Dwight D. Eisenhower closes the U.S. embassy in Havana and breaks diplomatic ties. The action noted that the United States was prepared to take extreme steps to oppose Castro’s regime, which U.S. officials were concerned about being a beachhead to communism in the Western Hemisphere. The primary reason for the break was Castro’s demand that the staff at the U.S. embassy be reduced, following heated accusations by the Cuban government that the United States was using the embassy as a spy base.
In the early 1960s, following Castro’s decision to sign a trade treaty with the Soviet Union, the Eisenhower administration began funding and training a Cuban exiles group to overthrow the Cuban leader. Castro responded by increasing its program of nationalization of foreign properties and companies. In return, the United States began implementing cuts in trade with Cuba. The diplomatic pause of January 3, 1961, was the culmination of an increasingly aggressive situation. It is a reality that the Soviet Union stole the Cuban Revolution and imposed the utopian ideology of Marxism-Leninism on Cubans. It is also a reality that Cuba is still rooted in Marxism-Leninism, while in Russia, a nationalist and right-wing party is in power. Something which The Green Orbit will address in future articles.
The embargo is hurting not Russia but the Americans and the Cuban people. The normalization of their relations will bring jobs to the United States and prosperity to Cuba. The elimination of the embargo could, in fact, drive changes on the island towards a social-democratic society.

U.S. Election 2020

Joe Biden’s Electoral College certification as the winner of the 2020 U.S. presidential election was the last nail in President Donald Trump’s coffin and his supporters’ attempt to reverse the vote results. Now is the time to move forward and take the necessary foreign policy measures to improve relations with the rest of the world. American foreign intervention has been relentless and damaging to Cuba. American antagonism toward the Castro brothers and their successor has helped no one while causing the Cuban people tremendous suffering.
Henry Kissinger certainly was not thinking about Cuba when he said, “It’s not a question of what counts, but a question of what is perceived as truth.” This could well apply to Cuba’s alleged threat to American democracy. For 62 years, the United States has imposed an embargo on Cuba. However, instead of achieving its goal of causing the Castro brothers’ regime to fall, the boycott only made life miserable for most Cubans, limiting their access to common goods and some vital medicines.
During several visits to my family in Cuba, I saw how anxious the Cuban people are about the normalization of relations with the United States. They understand the difference between the difficulties caused by U.S. governments and the American people, whom they believe are also interested in improving interactions with Cubans. I convinced myself that Cuba is neither an ideological nor a military threat to its neighbor. The Cuban army equipment has not been updated since 2001 by the tycoons of the former Soviet Union.
The Obama administration made determined efforts to improve relations with Cuba. Barack Obama correctly believed that isolating Cuba had failed to advance America’s interests and that the time to restore diplomatic relations with Havana was long overdue. In 2014, Obama and Raul Castro announced that their governments would restore all diplomatic ties. This was followed by a series of bilateral agreements that considered measures such as easing restrictions on remittances and travel and eliminating Cuba’s designation as a state sponsor of terrorism.
Instead of continuing down the same way of improving, the Trump administration, ignoring the Obama administration’s achievements, reversed the course on Cuba’s relations. The U.S. government under Trump placed severe restrictions on trade with the island, including reducing U.S. tourism. In 2019, the United States president banned group educational exchanges, curbed family remittances, and tightened economic sanctions even more.
The administration of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris has come at the right time to correct the situation and prevent too much damage from being done again. The Biden’s Administration could take limited measures to be implemented immediately to improve the situation, such as facilitating artistic, educational, and medical exchanges. The full normalization of relationships could follow this. Collaboration on a promising lung cancer treatment currently underway among Cuban and U.S. doctors could expand significantly and help save lives on both sides of the fence.
Normal relations would benefit the Cuban people, on the one hand, and American companies, on the other, including the tourism industry. It would also enhance America’s image in Latin America, long tarnished by America’s legacy of failed interventions. American people are friendly and one of the most reachable people in the world. They believe in a friendly world where motivation, negotiation, innovation, and creativity are the driving forces. Cuba must sit at the negotiating table and recognize that we have a lot to offer and take from the United States. It is time for a complete reconciliation between both countries based on mutual benefits and genuine respect.
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