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Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Augsburg College fined for Cuba trips

Augsburg College is fined for arranging travel to Cuba. The Star & Tribune article, at http://www.startribune.com/1592/story/539794.html, includes the following:

"The government tightened embargo travel rules in 2004 to limit study in Cuba to programs that lasted at least 10 weeks and included only students from the school arranging the program."

"The rule changes are being challenged nationally by a coalition involving about 450 academics, who argue that the changes are an infringement on academic freedom."

Can anyone explain why Cuba is an important travel destination for those not of Cuban heritage? Is it the people and aesthetics, or an admiration of communism?

Also, what about China's interests there? China and Cuba have an economic pact that is, basically, driving Cuba's economy nowadays. Further, because the U.S. is fueling the Chinese economy, may we assume that the U.S. is effectively providing Cuba with indirect international trade? One can only suppose such curious comparative advantage attracts the academics.

Blogger King Oliver said...

Liberal churches are also wild about Cuba. Liberals can go there and feel the thrill of being embattled revolutionaries. Their idea of Christianity is . . . Communism.

Myles Kantor notes that Israeli firms have large investments in Cuba, despite Castro's virulent anti-Semitism and his alliance with Iran.

2:09 PM, July 13, 2006  
Blogger Sloanasaurus said...

Perhaps the Israelis are trying to get in early on what could become a gold mine of tourism the moment Castro takes a dirt nap.

9:29 PM, July 13, 2006  

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