Tuesday, April 14, 2009

What the United States Can Learn From Cuba

Yesterday U.S. President Barack Obama eliminated some administrative barriers for travel to Cuba. Restrictions remain, but with some red tape going away, many Americans are talking today about the possibility of traveling to Cuba.

Having never been to Cuba myself, there is not much I can add to the lively debate going on over Cuba policy. It seems, however, that Cuba is not as controversial a subject as it appears on television. A recent poll of Miami Herald readers, for example, found that 84.2 percent favored free travel to Cuba, with only 11.3 percent supporting the then-current restrictions. From people who know more about Cuba than I, here are the most popular suggestions I could find of things that Americans might learn something about on a visit to Cuba: