The Trump Administration has now made it extremely more difficult for the average American to take a visit to Cuba. Diplomatic relations with Cuba were restored under Obama’s administration in 2014. Most visits that have gone on since 2014 have been granted under “people to people”. In other words Americans going to meet with Cuban citizens to facilitate a mutual cultural exchange. That is no longer an option now under the Trump administration.
This seems to be yet one more attempt at undoing Obama’s legacy. What is even more ironic is the excuse the Trump administration used was Cuba is an increasing threat to democracy in the Western Hemisphere. I will assure you there is not a larger a threat to democracy in the Western Hemisphere, or the world, for that matter, than Donald Trump and the entire currentTrump administration.
This is not the first time that relations with Cuba have begun to sour since Donald Trump took office. Shortly after Trump’s fascist regime took office, American diplomats in Cuba started to fall ill and relations immediately began to deteriorate. It appears that American diplomats were potentially poisoned at the Embassy in Cuba, or they were possibly guinea pigs in a sound, sonic warfare, attack. Both of those techniques (poisoning and sonic warfare) were used by the Soviets some 50 years ago in the Cold War Era. I personally find it far more likely the former Soviets, the current Russians, were using some of their old tricks to help deteriorate US/Cuban relations rather than the Cuban government doing something to harm Americans in their own embassy. I fail to find an actual motive for the Cuban government to do such a thing. The Russian motive could have been as simple as causing more chaos.
One must understand the United State’s own imperialism was a large factor in the establishment of Castro’s government. The United States had previously invaded Hawaii and Puerto Rico and Cuba and the Cuban people were genuinely concerned they were next.
Chris Madsen is a writer and activist based in the great state of Hawaii. He frequently writes from the unique perspective of his Pacific home. His opinions are his own.
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