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The Necessity Of The Us To Advance Towards The Dissolution Of The Cuban Embargo

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While the U.S. has seemed intent on pushing restrictions on Cuba, pressure from the farm lobbyist called for President Clinton to sign into effect the Trade Sanctions Reform and Export enhancement Act in 2000, essentially relaxing the embargo. This act would allow for the sale of agricultural goods and products to be sold as humanitarian aid to Cuban on a cash basis. However Cuba withheld purchases until the end of 2001. Even then these goods were only purchased by Cuba due to the vast damage on the island created by Hurricane Michelle in November of 2001. The amount of food purchased by Cuba has grown, with America being the primary supplier of food since 2007, with total sales in 2008, ...view middle of the document...

Present Situation
The United States is currently one of the only countries which still maintain an abnormal diplomatic and trade relationship with Cuba. This embargo continues to be “the most comprehensive embargo the United States has against any country in the world” (brucesabin.com). While there have been multiple adjustments towards the embargo; one step forward, two steps back seem to be the method taken by the Unites States in relation to the Embargo and Cuban itself. In 2008 Fidel Castro stepped down and handed over the reins to his brother Raul Castro, who has made headway in attempting to not only better the country for his people, through economic reform and along with the United States has lifted travel restrictions to and from the country. While seemingly forward movements, these steps have not been able to normalize relations, nor does it appear that it will happen in the foreseeable future if the U.S. continues to move on the path it is currently taking.
There are current sticking points hanging over the relationship, which have prevented the two countries from moving forward in a productive diplomatic relationship. One major issue is the imprisonment of Alan Gross, a U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) worker, who was accused of attempting to destabilize the previous Castro regime due to an illegal attempt to establish internet access on the island, during his attempt to bring the island’s Jewish community communication equipment and access to the internet. It was not helpful that the program Gross had traveled for was indeed a program which promoted political change, which was viewed by the Cuban government as a subversive attempt to overthrow the communist government. He would receive a sentence of up to 15 years in prison in 2011, as the Cuban government would become angered at the United States involvement in Gross’s trip and have blamed them for his incarceration. Not to take the total blame Cuba has offered to enter into a series of talks over the imprisonment of Gross, with the U.S. agreeing to discuss the internment of the Cuban intelligence officers arrested and imprisoned in Florida in 1998 as well.
The Cuban five, as they had been affectionately deemed, are five Cuban intelligence officers who were arrested in the United States in 1998 and charged with conspiracy to commit espionage. Cuba maintained after about 3 years of their confinement that the five were indeed agents and were conducting a mission in which they were observing the Cuban exile community in Miami. They were sent to monitor the activities and groups whom had been suspected to being involved or having perpetrated terrorist attacks in Cuba, with some of the groups and attacks believed to be backed by the U.S. government. Despite objection of the community harboring hostility towards Cuban, the trial was held in Miami, deemed as an unfair trial by the defendants and their representation. The trial would last 6 months, making it the...

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