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John B. Larson

John Larson: Bring Cuba And Our Relations Into The Present

John Larson: Bring Cuba And Our Relations Into The Present

It's time to normalize diplomatic relations with Cuba. I recently visited the island with a congressional delegation. Cuba is steeped in tradition but stifled by its government and the U.S. embargo. Modernity and technology have largely passed it by. The Internet exists in small pockets. Cellphones are accessible only for a select few, and then at limited speeds and connectivity. The perseverance of the Cuban people, however, is remarkable. Cuba is one of the most literate countries in the world, renowned for its teachers and doctors. Their thirst for entrepreneurial freedom — strikingly similar to the evolution of China and Vietnam (both nations with whom we trade) — is...

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