Should Cubans be Wary of the New Relationship with the USA?

By Circles Robinson

Observing from the Havana malecon seawall. Photo: Juan Suarez

HAVANA TIMES — What are Cubans thinking about the new friendly relations with the United States? Will it bring prosperity? Is it some kind of trick? Will it lead to a takeover by US capital and corporations?

In asking around for opinions we found that in general there appears to be little mistrust of ulterior motives and most people are happy with the change. Likewise Obama seems quite popular.

Many see the rapprochement as a big plus for bringing families closer together and foresee a gradual loosening of the island’s many prohibitions and restrictions on private initiative. They also see greater potential for travel and professional exchanges.

People hope that increased economic activity in tourism will improve depressed wages and some long to get jobs with US companies that could establish on the island if the embargo is greatly weakened or repealed.

Where there is mistrust comes from some Cuban government media commentators and bloggers who see the opening to the US as a sort of Trojan Horse where the enemy seeks to get inside to continue its efforts to topple the Castro government.

A portion of Cuba’s dissident politicians and exile community do not think economic liberalization will bring about greater civil rights such as freedom of the press, speech and association and therefore lobby the US Congress to maintain the embargo as a way to continue applying pressure.

What do you think? We’d like to hear your opinions.

44 thoughts on “Should Cubans be Wary of the New Relationship with the USA?

  • July 31, 2015 at 4:18 pm

    There has been investment from other parts of the world. It’s just that some folks in the US are so egocentric that that they haven’t been paying attention.

  • July 31, 2015 at 11:32 am

    Obama would love to close the prison but Congress will not let him. Break the analysis down to who votes thumbs up or down. There is the wall. A complication is some of the few really bad guys they have in prison. they feel they can’t afford to let them go. The perception may be a reality that cannot be ignored. so they play it safe with these guys. Funny because they can’t do that on american soil.

  • July 31, 2015 at 11:28 am

    Perhaps the course is one where economic development fosters benefits the government quietly embraces. This is the example of the US and China. the US govt. exerts more control over us (US citizens all the time) and in China the private citizen is able to do, achieve, own and build more and this seems to be increasing as growth fosters prosperity. (Yes prosperity has it’s own problems but most want it and the benefits are there to see.) So development in Cuba will bring change. Some developments are those the government could not do on it’s own but it can manage through regulation and oversight. this is an ugly process by any measure as different interests are essentially pitted against each other. In the US most agree that money wins out. How this would work in Cuba is anyone’s guess. When I visited my friends had discussions as to whether or not turning loose Americans on the Cuban people was to their benefit or it would be a travesty. I don’t know the answer. But I think that testing the waters could be a way to move forward. By the way, why hasn’t there been more investment from other parts of the world? Why is the focus on the US? The embargo is a problem, but the US is not the only country you can do business with is it? The last post says Starbucks my arrive all over but that could have been done already from another quarter. I don’t understand that part.

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