By K. Bolender
For greater than 50 years America's unrelenting hostility towards the Cuban Revolution has led to the advance of a siege mentality between island management and its electorate. In a colourful new examine Cuban-American kin, Keith Bolender analyzes the consequences this has had on financial, cultural, and political life.
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In so many cases, Africa, Soviet Union, all the conditions have been met and the US has done nothing to move towards normalization,” according to Washington lawyer José Pertierra. ” In the opinion of Robert A. Pastor, professor at the American University and former national security adviser under the James Carter administration, the shifting standards continue along under Obama. “There has not been, and in fact, there isn’t any real US political willingness nowadays to normalize links with Cuba on an equal footing.
Cuba has often exploited America’s determination for regime change to validate legislation designed to thwart those efforts, laws that often have a detrimental effect on human and civil rights. Evoking American hostility is often the reliable position of the government when addressing constraints—justified in Havana, inexcusable in Washington. 129 Implicit in that is the population’s rejection of extreme corporate capitalism and corrupt political practices, which was the historical experience for more than 60 years prior to Fidel Castro.
While the actual harm the siege continues to inflict is debatable, its cumulative significance is difficult to ignore. Professor of political science at Purchase College, Peter Schwab addressed the negative integration encirclement has imposed on the island: “Although economic and social dislocations insofar as they do exist in Cuba can be judged, as they are by some, as failures of a domestic government and political party, over time it will have to be accepted that the rotten state of Cuba’s economy is predominantly a result of the frightening, mean-spirited .