President Donald Trump’s Cuba Policy

MIAMI, Florida – In the middle of the day on June 16, 2017, President Donald Trump gave a speech in the most populous area of Cuban-Americans to unveil his new Cuban policy. In the speech, he detailed a plan to eventually bring freedom to an oppressed Cuban populace:

President Donald Trump’s Cuba Policy Limits Economic Transactions with Cuba’s Military

The Cornerstone of President Donald Trump’s Cuba Policy is completely banning any financial transactions with the many branches of the military-linked corporation GAESA. The Grupo de Administración Empresarial, President Trump says, attempts to control all profitable sectors of Cuba’s economy.

Instead of dealing with the “obstacle to the Cuban people’s prosperity and economic freedom,” President Trump is limiting all legal transactions with Cubans to the private business sector. Due to Cuba’s communist central government, much of the economy bases off government entities at the expense of the disproportionately-small private sector.

With this ban of business dealings with government-run financial organizations, President Trump is attempting to encourage a freer economy that Cuban citizens have not experienced since the Communist takeover by Fidel Castro in the mid-20th century.

Since that Communist takeover in 1961, the island nation has seen its economic freedom level drop to its current #178 ranking in the World. The Economic Freedom Index, which measures the chances of one’s prosperity without government, gave Cuba such a low score due to its “bloated government sector” and “tight government control.”

Institutes a Travel Ban – but not the one you are thinking about

President Donald Trump’s Middle East Travel Ban garners much of the media attention most days, but President Trump plans to institute another Travel Ban – this time involving Cuba. But unlike his Middle East ban, the Cuba ban attempts to limit the number of people who can leave the country and enter Cuba.

President Trump’s Cuba travel ban will strictly enforce the 12 authorized categories allowing American citizens to travel to Cuba. The list of 12 categories clearly state the situations in which you do not need to apply for a license to visit Cuba.

President Trump’s new strict enforcement would force as potential traveler to travel to the island nation with an American-run tour group, unlike the former policy that gave tourists freedom to travel alone, book their own hotels, and eat at their choice of restaurants. However, those travelling for academic reasons and those visiting family members in Cuba are exempt from the travel ban.

President Donald Trump’s Cuba Policy also forces these tour groups to design daylong itineraries that would expose the harsh lifestyles of typical Cuban citizens. To put this into perspective, most Cubans only make about $20 a month (but do “enjoy” a range of government subsidies).

Reaffirms the Cuban Embargo

Enacted during the Cold War, the Cuban Embargo is a “commercial, economic, and financial embargo imposed by the United States on Cuba.” Called “el bloqueo” (“the blockade in Spanish) in Cuba, the embargo was imposed due to a combination of Cuba’s communist government and its support of the Soviet Union during the Cold War.

The main points of the Cuban embargo are not much different from the first two points of this article, as the embargo limits the types of business deals companies can make with their Cuban counterparts and limits travel to the island.

However, this move did not come without opposition from the opposite party. Democratic operatives argue that keeping the embargo hurts Cuba’s citizens more than it hurts the government and has failed to achieve its main goals: creating better living conditions for the citizens. While all of this may be true, the main argument for the embargo is that Cuba has not remotely attempted to improve their citizens’ lives.

Cancels President Obama’s “One-Sided” Deal

Ever since former President Barack Obama entered politics, he believed the Cuban Embargo was not achieving the goals it was meant to achieve: increased human rights for Cuban citizens and ease the stringent government-run economy that impoverished many Cubans. During his eight-year Presidency, President Obama worked with the communist Cuban government in improving the relations between the two nations the lives of the citizens of the island.

In 2011, President Obama lifted restrictions on travelling to the nation and sending remittances to family in Cuba. However, only a small portion of the embargo was lifted by Obama at that time, as he did not believe the Cuban government made enough strides to improving the lives of their people to justify lifting more of the embargo.

Finally, President Barack Obama announced that the restoration of diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba in 2014, a decision that was largely discussed in a private meeting between the two nations and Canada. The landmark decision resulted in the re-opening of the U.S. embassy in Havana and led to President Obama’s visit to Cuba, the first of such since 1928.

However, President Trump is keeping many of the policies enacted by President Obama during Mr. Obama’s presidency. For one, he is keeping the “wet foot, dry foot” policy that allows those who reach the United States to stay and eventually become a citizen. In addition, he is allowing the U.S. embassy in Havana to keep its doors open and operate as a diplomatic center for the two differing nations.

Promises to keep Sanctions until Cuba

President Donald Trump made one promise to the American citizens as well Cuban officials: as long as the Cuban government fails to help their own people, all of the aforementioned sanctions will remain in place.

“With God’s help, a free Cuba is what we will soon achieve.” President Trump wants the Cuban people to enjoy many of the freedoms Americans take for granted: free speech (speech is suppressed under the Community law, dissenters are typically thrown in jail), respecting human life, and promoting fair law throughout the nation.

But with the ruthless Castro family and their Communist beliefs still in power, economic sanctions may not be a compelling enough action to get the historically rigid leaders to begin the process of making their country what it was before they took power: a prospering, free nation.

Sources

Fox News – “Cuba deal rollback: Trump says he’s nixing Obama’s ‘one-sided’ pact”

Pro/Con – Cuba Embargo

WH.gov – “Fact Sheet on Cuba Policy”

Heritage Foundation – “Cuba Economy”

Sweden Truck Attack: 8 Facts About the Latest Terror Attack

STOCKHOLM – A deadly attack took place in the Swedish capital today, 4/7/2017. Here are the known facts thus far about the Sweden Truck Attack:

Here’s the Attacker

Police have released a grainy picture from security cameras of the alleged attacker. Police have not identified the perpetrator of the attack yet and he is still on the loose. He is currently Europe’s most wanted man.

Two People are in Custody

Police have stated that they have two people in custody. Whether they are related to the attack or no is still to be found out, police are being cautious and trying to interview anybody who may be involved in order to determine a motive for this deadly attack.

Hijacked

The attacker has been reported to have hopped out of a taxi cab in the early hours of the day and approached a Swedish beermaker Spendrups transport truck. The attacker proceeded to hijack the truck. The official driver attempted to hang onto the truck to stop further movement, but eventually fell off.

Driving into People… and a Building

Just like another major other truck-based attack at Nice, the attacker drove into a crowd of people. He then crashed into the high-end department store Ahlens on Queen Street, a busy shopping center that was crowded at this moment.

Immediately after the truck crashed into the store, the engine burst into flames. Smoke was seen from a distance away, according to various reports from people at the scene at that moment. The fire was extinguished.

According to USA Today, the truck also left a trail of “broken glass, tire tracks, and bodies.”

Hopped out and Starting Shooting

Though unconfirmed, a report from Daily Mail notes that some witnesses have noted that they heard gun shots immediately after the crash. It has been confirmed, however, that the three attackers proceeded to stab pedestrians on the street.

5 Dead… More Injured

A report from Broadcaster SVT states that five people were killed in the attack, and many more were injured. The injuries seemed to have been sustained from being hit by the rather large truck, but death from stabbing has not been ruled out for many of the dead. More information on this subject should be released soon.

Local Shutdown

Shortly after the attack, police told their citizens to stay in their houses or make their way back to their houses to avoid congestion and any possible terror. They also closed the local subway based on a credible tip that the now-missing attacker tried to flee via the subway. The subway and train system has now been reopened.

“Terrorist Attack”

Prime Minister Stefen Lofven called the recent attack a “terrorist attack.” The police are investigating it as such.

LIVING OFF THE GOVT: Less than .4% of Refugees in Sweden Found Jobs

Fewer than 500 of 163,000 asylum seekers found jobs

After doing some quick math, that means that less than .4% of refugees in Sweden actually have a job and can support themselves. The rest? They’re just living off the government that they are rioting against. Weird, right?

The article that this post is based on is an old post (From mid-2016), but a good one, especially with how many problems the refugees are causing both the Swedish government and the Swedish people.

The funny thing: the Swedish is content with all of the problems in their country right now. They’re letting their citizens get raped by unknown refugees, they’re letting these unknown refugees destroy property, all while refugees take the hard earned taxpayer money.