Let me see, Castro took power in 1959, we’re in 2009, 50 years of travel bans and embargoes have done so well, don’t you think?
The Helms-Burton Act:
- International Sanctions against the Cuban Government. Economic embargo, any non-US company that deals economically with Cuba can be subjected to legal action and that company’s leadership can be barred from entry into the United States. Sanctions may be applied to non-U.S. companies trading with Cuba. This means that internationally operating companies have to choose between Cuba and the US, which is a much larger market.
- United States opposition against Cuban membership in International Financial Institutions.
- Television broadcasting from the United States to Cuba.
- Authorization of United States support for “democratic and human rights groups” and international observers.
- Declares United States policy towards a “transition government” and a “democratically elected government” in Cuba.
- Protection of property rights of certain United States nationals.
- Exclusion of certain aliens from the United States, primarily senior officials or major stock holders, and their families, of companies that do business in Cuba on property expropriated from American citizens. To date, executives from Italy, Mexico, Canada, Israel, and the United Kingdom have been barred.
- Provides power to the Legislative Branch to override an Executive Branch cancellation of the embargo.
- Prohibits recognition of a transitional government in Cuba that includes Fidel or Raúl Castro
- Prohibits recognition of a Cuban government that has not provided compensation for U.S. certified claims against confiscated property, defined as non-residential property with an excess of $50,000 value in 1959.
It’s time to pass one of these bills:
So I can ride my bike in Cuba without any consequences.
Do you know where you want to be?
You said, there’s so many roads to travel
There’s just one, set you free