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Tuesday, March 07, 2006

The Cuban Embargo

William M. LeoGrande:

Sports and cultural exchanges are a good way for ordinary people in the United States and Cuba to get to know one another. We should have more of them, and the president should be applauded for allowing Cubans to play in the World Baseball Classic. But surely scientific and intellectual exchanges are just as important for building goodwill. Among the young professors teaching in Cuba today are people who will be the professional and political leaders of tomorrow, regardless of how Cuba evolves. Allowing them to visit the United States to interact with their professional colleagues here improves the chances that U.S.-Cuban relations in the future will be based on a mutual understanding and respect.

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