Cuban bogger Yoani Sánchez’s courage

 

The March 14 editorial, Ms. Sánchez goes to Washington, wonders whether Miami’s Cuban community will expose Yoani Sánchez to “an ugly exhibition of hatred” because of her position on “dropping the embargo.” Since U.S. trade with Cuba began in 2000 the Trade Sanctions Reform and Export Enhancement Act has authorized over $4.3 billion in trade. It’s not about the trickle of non-existent food that doesn’t fill the shelves of the impoverished island, it’s about the pork, steak and eggs fed to Canadian and European tourists supplied by U.S. agribusiness. We all know the impossible luxury a chicken represents to a family in Regla, yet Cuban-American Floridians can’t summon the courage to contest Cargill and Archer-Daniels-Midland’s multi-million dollar deals with Castro.

Until Cuban Americans face their hypocrisy on this issue, Ms. Sánchez’s courage shames them.

Robert Dollar, Miami

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