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The United States of America should lift its trade embargo on Cuba

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Started: 7/2/2015 Category: Politics
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swatters

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In this debate I will be in support of lifting the decades-old embargo on Cuba. My opposition will argue against this. I'd like to keep this debate clean and simple, to keep it from getting hot-headed. Be sure to cite sources and have a good time!

1st round is for acceptance, debate will begin in 2nd round.

-Sam
brianjustin3709

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I accept the debate challenge.

I hope we learn something.

Good Luck.
Debate Round No. 1
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Debate Round No. 2
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Debate Round No. 3
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Information

February 7, 2012 marked the 50th anniversary of the ongoing US embargo against Cuba, an island nation 90 miles off the coast of Florida. The embargo, known among Cubans as "el bloqueo" or "the blockade," consists of economic sanctions against Cuba and restrictions on Cuban travel and commerce for all people and companies under US jurisdiction.

Proponents of the embargo argue that Cuba has not met the US conditions for lifting the embargo, including transitioning to democracy and improving human rights. They say that backing down without getting concessions from the Castro regime will make the United States appear weak, and that only the Cuban elite would benefit from open trade.
Opponents of the Cuba embargo argue that it should be lifted because the failed policy is a Cold War relic and has clearly not achieved its goals. They say the sanctions harm the US economy and Cuban citizens, and prevent opportunities to promote change and democracy in Cuba. They say the embargo hurts international opinion of the United States.

History of US-Cuba Relations, 1800s to 1980s

The United States and Cuba have not always been at odds. In the late 1800s, the United States was purchasing 87% of Cuba's exports and had control over its sugar industry. In the 1950s, Havana resorts and casinos were popular destinations for American tourists and celebrities such as Frank Sinatra and Ernest Hemingway. By Jan. 1, 1959, however, revolutionary Fidel Castro had overthrown the US-backed President Batista and established Cuba as the first Communist state in the Western Hemisphere. From 1959 to 1960, Castro seized $1.8 billion of US assets in Cuba, making it the largest uncompensated taking of American property by a foreign government in US history. Depending on how interest is calculated, claims on the seized assets range from $6.4 to $20.1 billion in 2012 dollars. The US government was also concerned about the threat posed by having a new Soviet ally so close to America's shores. On Oct. 19, 1960, President Eisenhower signed a partial embargo on exports to Cuba, the first step towards the US policy that exists today. Eisenhower ended diplomatic relations with Cuba and closed the US embassy in Havana on Jan. 3, 1961, saying "There is a limit to what the United States in self-respect can endure. That limit has now been reached." The former embassy building would later serve as the site of the US Interests Section (a de facto embassy) opened by President Carter in 1977.

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