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US's embargo on Cuba

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  • Did you know that the US still has the embargo on Cuba?
  • Really? I thought that it was enforced during the cold war.
  • Yep. It was enacted to enforce sanctions on Cuba.
  • OK, so it would pressure Cuba to drop it's ties with communist USSR.
  • In 1962 Cuba and the USSR were buddy buddy and that got the US worried so in February we put an embargo on them.
  • And later that year the USSR gave Cuba nuclear missiles to deter invasion of Cuba.
  • This was the beginning of the Cuban Missile Crisis. Ever since then relations with Cuba have been unsteady.
  • But in 2000 President Bill Clinton authorized humanitarian products can be sold to Cuba because they needed them.
  • And the only way that the US would lift the embargo is if Cuba had certain criteria.
  • Criteria like having a democracy government, have civil rights returned to the people, and cutting ties with Russia.
  • Today Cuba's people lack the necessary medicens and Cuba's GDP is 1/10th of the US's. This embargo is hurting the Cubans.
  • But lifting the embargo could be risky because Cuba has not met the criteria according to ProCon.org
  • What do you think the US should do about the embargo on Cuba?
  • End.
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