It is appropriate that the Caribbean Guide included with the
1/14/99 issue of Travel Weekly spotlights senior editor Gay Nagle
Myers' firsthand report on Cuba (Click here for full story).
Only last week, the Clinton administration, heeding the advice
of Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, grudgingly nudged ajar
the door to increased contact between the U.S. and the stubbornly
Although the economic and social embargo imposed on Fidel
Castro's Cuba 37 years ago remains very much in force, the U.S. has
agreed to allow an easier flow of money to aid Cuban families, to
increase charter passenger flights linking the two countries --
expanding the points of embarkation for those flights beyond the
previously mandated Miami and Havana -- and to renew direct-mail
There is even the prospect of baseball, with the Baltimore
Orioles, capitalists all, road-tripping to Havana to play the
hometown club, the Cuban national team -- at least what's left of
it after notable defections to the majors have stripped it of
several top players.
For all that, the Clinton administration's moves seem a day late
and a dollar short to those who were hoping for a more liberal and
liberating policy vis a vis Cuba.
We take that view.
If the U.S. truly desires to effect a positive change in Cuba,
the time seems long past for the dated diplomacy of isolation --
and with it the remorseless embargo that has done far more damage
to average Cubans than to their bombastic leader.
We believe the best way to encourage the democratic process in
Cuba is to permit Americans to travel there without restriction.
Given its head, tourism would boom, fostering social, political and
economic contacts that have in the past helped open even the most
resolutely closed societies.
Allow our citizens to be our best and most effective