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New York Times: Time to Change on Cuba
The laws and coercive measures implemented by various U.S. administrations against Cuba remain frozen in time and it's time to change them, points out an editorial on Monday in The New York Times.

The article titled Growing Momentum to Repeal Cuban Embargo, describes as a failed attempt the use of coercion to try to change the course of history and influence the decisions of the island.

Similarly, it emphasizes that with the reestablishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries, a significant majority of U.S. citizens and the vast majority of Cubans want the lifting of the blockade.

It is time for Congress to help change the policy towards Cuba, underlines the article.

The editorial refers some of the actions carried out by U.S. lawmakers to rethink U.S. policy in this regard, such as Republican Tom Emmer and Democrat Kathy Castor, both of them from Florida, who last week presented a bill in the House of Representatives, for the lifting of the blockade.

Earlier last month, the Senate Appropriations Committee passed amendments that would allow U.S. citizens to travel to Cuba freely and ease some commercial interactions.

The New York Times recalls hat despite these actions, Cuba is still the only country in the word to which U.S. citizens are banned from traveling as tourists, and face severe penalties for doing so.

The article also criticizes the negative positions of legislators of Cuban origin, and calls on that country's Congress persons to consider the broad support of the U.S. public opinion for to the lifting of the blockade, the Prensa Latina news agency reported.

In that direction, it refers to a Pew Research Center poll released on July 21, which shows that 72 percent of U.S. citizens support ending the blockade against Cuba, up from 66 percent in January. The survey found that 55 percent of conservative Republicans favor ending the blockade, up from 40 percent in January; 34 percent of prospective Latino voters would favor a candidate who continued Obama's Cuba policy, while 14 percent said the opposite. Among Cuban-Americans, 40 percent said they would back a candidate who favors normalizing relations, while 26 percent said they would not. / By ACN.

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