We owe the Chinese a large number of inventions, some of which it would be hard for them to take pride for. Think, for example, about Lingchi, a method of execution whereby those guilty of mayor crimes faced death by a thousand cuts. Thus seems to be the fate of the various laws and regulations imposing U.S. sanctions against the Cuban government.
A Republican senator from Arizona has authored a bill eliminating all the travel restrictions Americans have for years faced when visiting Cuba and authorizing the kind of travel-related banking transactions travelers usually engage in. The bill is said to have the support of over half the Senate.
A Republican member of the House, from Arkansas, has drafted a bill aimed at removing restrictions on the financing of exports of food, dairy products and other agricultural products to Cuba, while applying a two percent excise tax to all agricultural products sold to the island. The funds thus collected would be used to compensate those who have U.S. certified claims of properties confiscated by the Cuban government. [Read more…]