Costs of the Cuba Embargo–to the U.S.

by Chris Sturr | March 03, 2009

There was a little bit of Cuba news today; the New York Times has an article about sightings of Fidel strolling the streets of Havana. More serious reporting about Cuba came last week, when CNN and other outlets (but not the Times, as far as I can tell) reported that Republican Senator Richard Lugar, the ranking Repub. on the Foreign Relations Committee, called for an end to the 47-year-old U.S. embargo.

It turns out that more and more people have been calling for an end to the embargo (which Cubans call a “blockade,” which makes sense given that U.S. policy aims to restrict other countries’ trade with Cuba as well), including now a majority of Cubans in Miami.

Even more people might favor ending the embargo if they knew that it costs the United States far more than it does Cuba, as Margot Pepper points out in an article from our March/April issue, just posted to the website. Click here for the article.

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  1. I read Margot Pepper’s article with great interest since I’ve long supported lifting the embargo/blockade. However, I was concerned about the veracity of the facts simply because the author claims that Cube has “cures for retinitis pigmentosa [RP].” I have RP and there is no cure for it. There are studies in stem cell research, genetics, and implants, but no “cures”.If your author could produce scientific evidence of a cure in Cuba, I would be on the first boat/flight there.

  2. Hi Herb,Thanks for your comment. I checked with the author, and she says she got the info from Granma International (the int’l edition of the Cuba state newspaper–not *necessarily* a reliable source), and a quick web search uncovered a couple of “medical tourism” sites claiming that Cuba has developed a treatment (but not a cure). (I am guessing that you probably came across those sites yourself.) But here is one source that seems to be a scientific study: http://bvs.sld.cu/revistas/enf/vol22_4_06/enf04406.htm . It’s in Spanish, but appears to document that Cuban doctors have developed treatments (though again, not cures). Thanks for catching that; we’re changing the online version and the print edition from “cures” to “treatments.” –Chris Sturr, co-editor, D&S

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