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Tue Oct 9, 2012, 03:14 AM

(U.S.) Cultural trips to Cuba on schedule again as contested ‘people to people’ licenses are renewed

Source: Associated Press

Cultural trips to Cuba on schedule again as contested ‘people to people’ licenses are renewed
By Associated Press, Published: October 8

MIAMI — Travel companies say they are getting permits once again to take Americans on cultural trips to Cuba after the U.S. government tightened requirements following complaints that the tours were skirting a ban on outright tourism to the Communist island.

A month after travel companies complained of delays in processing their so-called people-to-people licenses under new restrictions for organized group travel to Cuba, at least 20 have now been granted.

U.S. travel operators say they have kept most of their itineraries intact, but some have added additional programming and eliminated others after Cuban-American Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) criticized the programs as essentially being cover-ups for tourism.

“We’re just grateful that we received the license and we can begin operating our programs again,” said Tom Popper, director of Insight Cuba, one of the groups chastised by Rubio in a Senate floor speech last December.

Read more: http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/cultural-trips-to-cuba-on-schedule-again-as-contested-people-to-people-licenses-are-renewed/2012/10/08/43078d1c-11b2-11e2-9a39-1f5a7f6fe945_story.html

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Judi Lynn Oct 2012 OP
Socal31 Oct 2012 #1
99th_Monkey Oct 2012 #3
BlueMTexpat Oct 2012 #2
99th_Monkey Oct 2012 #4
flamingdem Oct 2012 #5

Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Tue Oct 9, 2012, 03:28 AM

1. I'm still waiting for someone to explain where in the constitution the government is granted

the right to restrict a non-felons travel.

Hopefully this is the start to normalized travel between the US and Cuba. I would love to visit.

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Response to Socal31 (Reply #1)

Tue Oct 9, 2012, 03:47 AM

3. Not so fast Mister. Rmoney/RAyn have other plans..

They are all but declaring war in advance on Cuba and Venezuela, kind of like how
Mitt "resigned retroactively" from Bain.
http://www.democraticunderground.com/?com=view_post&forum=1014&pid=260400

We'd best win this freaking election, huh?

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Tue Oct 9, 2012, 03:46 AM

2. People like Rubio are simply

afraid that if more Americans see Cuba with their own eyes, they might actually understand how ridiculous it is to have any embargo on that little island. Europeans travel to Cuba all the time and enjoy it thoroughly.

My granddaughter lived there as a student at a CO university with a semester abroad program in Cuba. That happened during the mis-administration of Bush II. She had a wonderful experience.

It may have made sense to have an embargo on Cuba during the Cold War. Perhaps. But since the USSR no longer exists and Russia is the #1 global geopolitical threat only in the eyes of Mitt Romney and his neocon advisers, the US embargo on travel to Cuba is redundant, to say the least.


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Response to BlueMTexpat (Reply #2)

Tue Oct 9, 2012, 03:49 AM

4. Exactly! Cuba? Nothing to see there.

We don't want to be giving Americans any "dangerous ideas".

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Tue Oct 9, 2012, 11:55 AM

5. I hope that Rubio feels not vidicated

His little tirade didn't result in many changes!

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