Is the US Trying to Relax the Internet Blockade on Cuba?

Havana beach. Photo: Caridad

HAVANA TIMES, March 16 — Last week the US Treasury Department announced it would allow exports to Cuba of software and Internet services such as instant messaging, e-mail, Web browsing and social networks.

In response, the Cuban government lashed back saying this measure is part of a plan to destabilize the country and not one of loosening the economic blockade.

What do you think?

Do you believe Cuba should accept this gesture by the United States?

Why has this announcement triggered such indignation from the Cuban government?

In your opinion, what aim is being pursued by the United States in now allowing the export of services that were previously prohibited?

6 thoughts on “Is the US Trying to Relax the Internet Blockade on Cuba?

  • I remain deeply disappointed in the Obama administration’s position on its foreign policy toward Cuba! During Obama’s campaign for President I made contact with some of his top campaign advisors who assured me and others that Obama would make major changes in U.S. foreign policy toward Cuba. Instead, Sec. of State, Clinton, has kept many staff members from the Bush years in the Department of Cuban Affairs. I felt certain that Obama, by Executive order, would move to lift the travel ban to Cuba for all U.S. citizens. Though I wish all Cubans had access to the internet, (an informed people make for a stronger nation) I would be very suspecious of the U.S. offer of high-tech hardware!

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