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Rollbearandtide
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emospongebob527
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The United States should pursue better relations with Cuba

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Started: 10/19/2012 Category: Politics
Updated: 4 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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Rollbearandtide

Con

I chose this topic because Cuba is a major Central American power and over the past years have changed greatly.

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1. Round 1 for acceptance
2. Dropping argu. is conceeding it
3. No new argu. in Round 4
emospongebob527

Pro

Acepto, presentar su caso.
Debate Round No. 1
Rollbearandtide

Con

Cuba, a country founded in 1868 with a communist revolution in 1956 led by Fidel Castro, is still a threat to the United States. On January 25, 1898, in the harbor in Havana, the USS Maine was blown to pieces killing 252 US sailors. This event would being the United States' tension with Cuba. On December 2, 1956, Cuba experienced its' communist revolution that ushered Fidel Castro as head of state. In 1961, an invasion of CIA-trained Cuban exiles landed in Southern Cuba who tried to overthrow Fidel Castro and the communist government. This invasion failed and raised tensions higher with Cuba. In 1962, the climax of US-Cuban relations was reached when the US became aware of Soviet missiles being prepared for launch on Cuba. The US launched a naval blockade around Cuba and order Soviet ships not to go to Cuba but to turn around and head back to the USSR. The US threatened to take military action by threatening to strike Cuban bases and launch an invasion by US forces on the island nation. The blockade worked and prevented a possible nuclear World War III. In 1963, the United States imposed its' complete diplomatic and commercial embargo on Cuba. A travel ban to Cuba was also in place for US citizens.

The United States should not seek relations with Cuba because Cuba's human rights abuses. Cuba had the second-highest number of imprisoned journalist of any nation in 2008. Cuba restricts technological advancements. Computer ownership rates are extremely low and the Internet is only allowed in selected places and are extremely monitored. In fact, you can be sent to prison for 5 years just for connecting to the Internet illegally. Supporters of the democratic process in Cuba who commit a crime face arrest ant imprisonment. Cuba has the largest prison system in Latin America. It includes 40 maximum security prisons, 30 minimum security, and 200 work camps. These prisons are notorious for being substandard and unhealthy.

The government of Cuba in fact is still a socialist state with Marxist-Leninist influence. The United States should not support a country that infringes on the rights of its citizens. Cuba has detained many citizens of the United States including US citizen Alan Gross accused of spying. The United States has called Cuba to release Gross who was sentenced in December for taking Internet equipment into the country. Cuba has refused. In 2001, The United States captured 5 Cubans for spying for the Cuban government. So why support a country that has arrested our citizens and is spying on us? This is not acceptable! This is why you must vote Con.
emospongebob527

Pro

emospongebob527 forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 2
Rollbearandtide

Con

Opponent foreited. I urge con.
Debate Round No. 3
Rollbearandtide

Con

Opponent fails to post an argument. Therefore Con should win.
emospongebob527

Pro

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