Book your flights to Cuba, because barriers and travel warnings are now down. For the first time in half a century tensions between the United States and the island off the coast of Florida, which stood as a dark power during the Cold War times, have been eased.
U.S. President Barack Obama has called for a move to reestablish diplomatic ties with Cuba (Politico). The move and efforts have suddenly been made known to the public as Cuba released a long time U.S. hostage who had been held captive since 2009. Of course, U.S. citizens’ lives are important, but what pushed such a big move for friendship after the release of one hostage?
“[Alan] Gross was convicted of espionage by a Cuban court in 2011 and sentenced to 15 years for bringing telecommunication devices into Cuba” (WREG Memphis).
In addition, the United States has released 3 Cuban spies.
Although seemingly sudden, the deals between U.S. and Cuban officials have been culminating over the past year. Obama calls the embargoes on Cuba to be a failure.
What this means:
- Travel restrictions eased
- Increased exports of U.S. goods to Cuba
- U.S. travelers to bring in some items
- Embassies will be opened in both countries
While only Congress can formally overturn the five-decades-long embargo, the White House has some authorities to liberalize trade and travel to the island,” WREG Memphis.
With the petrodollar value falling, Russia losing influence and Venezuela’s economy faltering in the midst of falling prices; some of Cuba’s main financial and export partners are withering at the core. It’s no wonder if Cuba along with other countries is turning its eye to new partners. It’s not about the prices of oil, but petropolitics and who’s producing it. The reality is the U.S. and Canada fracking and shale revolutions are changing dynamics. The global economy and relations are switching as can already be seen as almost a 50-year silence are being broken between two former rival countries.