Cuba’s colorful history can be documented to before the days of the American Revolution in 1776, but today, American policy directly affects many Cubans’ lifestyles because of a nearly 45-year-old trade embargo that has been placed on the island nation. It is crucial to analyze the development of Cuba and its neighboring island nations in order to discern the reasons for Cuba’s current political situation with the United States. The following paper will discuss the events that shaped Cuba and larger Caribbean nations like Haiti, the Dominican Republic and Jamaica; next, a detailed description of Cuba’s turbulent history will help in explaining the Cuban transformation into a socialist economy; then, a detailed account of the U.S. embargo on Cuba will document the ups and downs of the policy all the way to the present day; finally, the current news surrounding American-Cuban relations will depict the most recent happenings in the ongoing disputes between the two nations.
In 1959, Cubareceived 74 percent of its imports from the US, and the US received 65 percentof Cuba’s exports. On February 3, 1962, the United States imposed a fulltrade embargo on Cuba, completely ending any type of trade between the twocountries. This embargo remains in effect today, more than four decades later,and has grown ! to be a huge center of debate and controversy (DeVarona 8).Opponents to the embargo argue that the embargo does nothing more than hurt theCuban people, while proponents argue that the embargo places pressure on Castroto repair Cuba’s mismanaged and corrupt government. Both the supportersand the opponents of this embargo have strong arguments and evidence to supportthese arguments.
The United States and Cuba have a history of tension and discord. The reign of Fidel Castro was marked with despotism and led to toxic relations with the United States. This political climate caused President John F Kennedy in 1960 to impose a commercial, financial, and economic embargo and later travel ban on Cuba. These unilateral sanctions examined under the scope of utilitarianism, are ineffective an unethical.
The Cuban embargo has been in place for 52 years now, and American citizens are starting to question the goal and importance of such an embargo. Over the past few decades some major generational changes have changed the feelings towards Cuba and the embargo. Ultimately, the majority of the world wants the sanction to end. The United Nations has criticized the U.S. embargo against Cuba for the past 22 years. In 2013, a U.N. vote against the embargo was 188 to 2, with only Israel and the United States supporting the embargo (procon.org). The distaste for the embargo is also prominent in the United States now the government may want to keep it in place but the general public doesn’t. The embargo is affecting the people of Cuba more than the government
Fidel Alenjandro Castro Ruz is a third illegitimate son of a mid-class sugar farmer, he was born in 1926 and he was the soul of Cuban revolution, there is different idea about his figure, while some consider him as a nation saver from capitalism, others believe he is a monster who kept the country many years ago. There are many struggles about what he did for his people and the rest of the world. Some know him as an evil and the others raised him up to God. I would like to address an unprejudiced view of a man whose name tied up with half a century Cuban history. We take a quick look at Castro biography where he raised and what he did. After that we describe what his effect on Cuban economy and geopolitics was, and finally we explain the similarity
Fidel Castro and the United States of America have a very tense relationship. The current president of Cuba has helped the less fortunate people of Cuba in many ways, but in doing created conflict between the wealthier Cubans who in turn have chosen to seek homes on US soil in Florida. Castro is a very powerful leader who speaks for the people, in general, of Cuba. Since the 1960’s when Castro took power US relations with Cuba have decreased and instead of indifference to each other, hostility has arisen main from the US towards Cuba.
Cuba off from economic and political contact with the US, the US felt that it could force
Since 1959, when Fidel Castro seized power in Cuba, relations between the United States and Cuba have been on egg shells. Sanctions were immediately imposed on Cuba as soon as Castro came into power, which resulted in even worse relations between the two countries. However, it was not until 1962 when President John F. Kennedy officially placed an embargo on Cuba. This embargo blockaded any and all transportation to and from the country, disallowed any trade with Cuba, and cut off any ties the United States had with the nation. That was a time when the embargo was needed; with Cuba and the Soviet Union the United States needed something the try to break down the relationship and each individual nation. Now Fidel Castro is not in power, Cuba
Castro's essentialness in the Crisis can either legitimize or ruin American obstruction in Cuban inner undertakings. Before the occasion, the worldwide society was willing to acknowledge American endeavors to topple Castro since Americans were depicted as legends while Castro appeared to be an over the top socialist.20 But, in the event that Castro was only a pawn between U.S. also, Soviet Union, Castro enhances his global notoriety making it troublesome for future "gallant" American obstruction in Cuba.
Alas, while it is impossible to step inside Fidel Castro’s mind and pinpoint the exact time and place of the communist revolution’s inception, we can safely infer from Fidel that it was premeditated, and therefore not, as Turbulent Passage suggests, possibly a pragmatic decision lacking ideological drive. Though his authoritarian, sometimes brutal leadership was ostensibly immoral, there is simply no denying that Castro was an intelligent, calculated thinker and that his plan, set in motion well before 1959, changed the course of Cuba’s history
The United States has had an ongoing embargo with Cuba. The United States embargo against Cuba is a commercial, economic, and financial embargo imposed by the United States on Cuba. An embargo was first imposed by the United States on Cuba on October 19, 1960. Almost two years after the Batista regime was deposed by the Cuban Revolution. when the U.S. placed an embargo on exports to Cuba except for food and medicine after Cuba nationalizes American-owned Cuban oil refineries without compensation. Cuba nationalized the refineries following Eisenhower's decision to cancel 700,000 tons of sugar imports from Cuba to the U.S. and refused to export oil to the island, leaving it reliant on Russian crude oil. All American oil companies refused to refine Russian oil, leading the Cuban government to nationalize the refineries. On February 7, 1962 the embargo was extended to include almost all imports.
The United States embargo against Cuba began on October 19, 1960. In that time, the U.S. placed an embargo on exports to Cuba after Cuba nationalized American-owned Cuban oil refineries without compensation. Exceptions to the embargo were food and medicine. Cuba nationalized the factories following President Dwight D. Eisenhower's decision to cancel 700,000 tons of sugar imports from Cuba to the U.S. and refused to export oil to the island, leaving it reliant on Russian crude oil. All American oil companies refused to refine Russian oil, leading the Cuban government to nationalize the factories.
“Promoters of free trade argue that the best way for countries like Cuba to improve their lot is to lower their barriers to free trade and investment and to implement economic policies based on free market economics (Hill, & Hult, 2015).” Another obstacle that hinders Cuba from thriving is the amount of debts it owes to other nations. In 2016, Cuba paid $5.2 billion in foreign debts. Even with the increase in tourist, Cuba still struggles to thrive and still finds it’s nation in a red zone. The U.S has also maintained a trade sanction against Cuba in hopes that the economic hardship will lead to the downfall of the Communist government. This tactic has not helps much because other countries like Canada and Germany has stepped in and trades with Cuba. While every nation can’t be governed by the rules that govern us in the United States, it is also important that a system is
Although American lawmakers did not exactly endorse the dictatorship of Fulgencio Batista, he was seen as a stable support in the Caribbean (Gellman). Moreover, he had favored American businesses and interest in Cuba, allowing President Eisenhower to aid him in the fight against Fidel Castro’s rebel army. The Cuban Revolution slowly gained the support of the Cuban people as they were tyrannized by the regime of Batista. The many rebel groups joined in together to make the Revolution a success and brought many Cuban citizens to the street to protest and actively fight against the Batista regime. With Batista ousted and exiled from Cuba, the Cuban revolution brought communism to U.S. doorsteps and proved to be an imminent threat for the rest of the Cold War. Until today, the strained relationship between Cuba and USA seems to persist on a level much deeper and has polarized the region for more than five decades (PBS). However, the relationship between U.S. and Cuba is much healthier than the one before the fall of Soviet Union with