October 17, 2012
Cuba's new travel law a cynical 'survival tactic'
Cuba's new travel law - announced on Tuesday in Cuba's official newspaper Granma - is being soft-peddled by the Associated Press and others as a historic first by the communist regime - a long-overdue reform giving Cubans the freedom to travel abroad for the first time in more than 50 years. In reality, the new law is a survival tactic by the Castro regime. It's part of the same cynicism that was behind the Mariel boatlift in 1980 when 125,000 Cubans sailed to South Florida aboard private boats -- including criminals and mental patients whom Fidel Castro had set loose. It's part of the same cynicism that Castro demonstrated during the summer of 1984 -- when he looked the other way as tens of thousands of Cubans built rafts to escape their tropical prison. So says a clear-eyed analysis of the new travel law by Fabiola Santiago in today's Miami Herald, "New travel law just another survival tactic for Castro." As Santiago writes: And now comes Raúl...(Read Full Post)