Saturday, December 20, 2014

Cuba: Maybe Opening Up

I'm breaking away from the Baltic for a bit because of the announcement from President Obama that diplomatic relations with Cuba will be resumed after over 50 years of a failed US policy. As a three-time visitor to this beautiful and confusing island, I welcome the news that will benefit both US and Cuban interests, especially, I hope, for the Cuban people who have been the ones suffering as a result of the intractable policies of both countries. I also fear the McDonaldization of the country, like many who have visited and appreciate the special nature of Cuba. Zero advertising. Nothing commercial anywhere, although there are numerous anti-US propaganda signs and posters. It would be wonderful if Cuba could come into the 20th century without being ruined by capitalists, but it doesn't seem possible. We've got to go back before it changes too much.

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