By Michael Auten

Everybody knows that ever since the Cold War no American was allowed to travel to Cuba for tourism. No one could buy from them either. We have completely cut ourselves off from them. Now why did Jay-Z and Beyonce, two very famous American music artists, decide to take a trip down to Cuba? It’s not like they would have gotten away with it surely? They were seen taking pictures and wandering around like tourists so they can’t really cover that up.

Over the years, based on the current President, the embargo on Cuba either gets more strict or less. Today Obama has been more lenient than past Presidents, but that doesn’t mean everyone can go spend their summer vacation in Havana and take some cigars back home. Anti-Castro activists say this gives their communist government publicity and that Beyonce and Jay-Z should be prosecuted. That’s seems a bit excessive, but they shouldn’t just go over there to see the sights. They should help aspiring musicians of Cuba and help them get off on the right foot.

Marco Rubia, Senator for Florida, said, ” I think if Jay-Z was truly interested in the true state of affairs in Cuba, he would have met people that are being oppressed, including a hip-hop artist in Cuba who is right now being oppressed and persecuted and is undergoing a hunger strike because of his political lyrics. And I think he missed an opportunity. But that’s Jay-Z’s issue.”

Rubio also said,”If they really wanted to know what was going on in Cuba, they should have met with some of the people that are suffering there, not simply smoke cigars and take a stroll down the street.”

Many argue that the embargo should be lifted as we also trade with communist China and they also have many Human rights violations, yet we still trade. The counter argument to that would be that Cuba is only ninety miles form Florida and no one can really see them taking us on alone. In fact the embargo is used in Cuba to blame the US as to why Cuba’s economy can’t grow and its people hungry due to that.

It’s 2013, everything is different from the 1960’s. I think the embargo isn’t necessary anymore. I mean people end up finding a way in to Cuba if they really want to go and if they want something from there they will find a way past customs. With Jay-Z and Beyonce bringing some publicity to this I think politicians will rethink this policy in the future, for better or for worse.


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