free trade, unilateral and economic trade sanctions



A Uniform Foreign Policy

If it works in China, why not in our own backyard?

The recent House of Representatives vote to grant permanent normalized trade relations (PNTR) to China signaled a new strategy for dealing with foreign governments with ideologies opposed by the US. Rather than seeking to isolate, the US extended its hand to China and welcomed it into the global trade community. The majority of the House and the Clinton administration believe the United States is in a better position to influence China on human rights issues as a strong partner, and that this new trade pact will signal "the beginning of the end of communism" in China.

Since the House voted to grant China PNTR, newspapers from around the country are calling on the government to apply this policy of engagement to Cuba. These newspapers cite the current US Cuba policy as a 40-year old foreign policy failure. The Cuba embargo has only hurt the people of Cuba while leaving Fidel Castro entrenched in power. The papers urge the same legislators who lobbied their fellow representatives to pass the China bill to extend a hand to Cuba.

Here is a sample of the editorials and op-eds that have appeared in newspapers across the US recently asking Congress apply the China engagement policy closer to home.

The Washington Post

A LOOK AT . . . Trading With Communists
Washington Post (Washington, DC)
- - Editorial by Rep. Jim McGovern
June 18, 2000


Help People, Hurt Castro
Palm Beach Post (Palm Beach, FL)

August 23, 2000


Break the Embargo on Good Sense About Cuba
Los Angeles Times (Los Angeles, CA)
- Editorial by Jerry Brown

August 17, 2000


The Washington Post

Washington Ballet to Dance in Cuba This Fall
Washington Post (Washington, DC)
August 3, 2000

The Washington Post

Lift the Cuba Embargo
Washington Post (Washington, DC)
- - Letter to the Editor
June 19, 2000

What's Good For China Is Good For Cuba
USA Today
June 6, 2000

Opening to Cuba
The Boston Globe (Boston, MA)
June 5, 2000

Hypocrisy: Accept China, Hurt Cuba?
The Charleston Gazette (Charleston, WV)
June 1, 2000

Expand Free Trade Beyond China Deal
Northwest Florida Daily News (Fort Walton Bach, FL)
May 31, 2000


Window to Cuba
Sarasota Herald-Tribune (Sarasota, FL)
June 6, 2000

Let's Be Logical
The Bakersfield Californian (Bakersfield, CA)
June 4, 2000

Isn't Free Trade Good For Cuba, Too?
Kalamazoo Gazette (Kalamazoo, MI)
May 30, 2000

House Panel Votes to Lift Cuba Sanctions
Richmond Times-Dispatch (Richmond, VA)
May 5, 2000


Cuba: Lift the Embargo
Detroit News (Detroit, MI)
May 30, 2000

A Better Cuba Policy
The Stuart News (Stuart County, FL)
- - Scripps Howard News Service
May 30, 2000

China, Yes; Cuba, No
The Cincinnati Post (Cincinnati, OH)
June 2, 2000

The Washington Post

"Our Obsolete Cuba Policy"
Washington Post (Washington, DC)
- - William Raspberry
April 24, 2000

Hypocrisy: Accept China, Hurt Cuba?
The Charleston Gazette (Charleston, WV)
June 1, 2000

Time To Reassess Cost of Economic Sanctions
Seattle Times (Seattle, WA)
May 28, 2000

American Journal of Public Health

The Impact of the Economic Crisis and the US Embargo on Health in Cuba
American Journal of Public Health
January 1997


Clyburn Urges Congress to Ease Cuba Embargo
The Greenville News (Greenville, SC)
June 6, 2000


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