Cuba and Trump: the power of symbols

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Series Details No.21, July 2017
Publication Date 05/07/2017
ISSN 2315-1129
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On 16 June 2017, US President Trump announced a ‘reversal’ of the détente towards Cuba that Barack Obama had initiated, on the grounds that the human rights situation on the island had not improved. Despite the strong rhetoric of the announcement, the measures adopted do not amount to much in practical terms: a prohibition on doing business with firms linked to the Cuban military and some travel restrictions for non-Cuban Americans.

This was unlikely to have visible effects on the ground for Cubans, who have been living under the US embargo for more than half a century. In fact this renewed antagonism was only likely to further legitimise the Castro regime, as human rights organisations warned.

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