Pressuring Castro by Prosecuting Americans


George Bush on Friday announced the 137th-ever tightening of the embargo against Cuba (OK, that number was made up). From the Miami Herald story:

While Congress has made moves to ease a ban on tourism travel to Cuba, Bush said he would tighten it by cracking down on Americans who evade the law—usually by going on "educational trips." He directed the Homeland Security department to increase inspections of visitors and shipments to Cuba. [?]

Bush also said the administration would do more to "break the information embargo" imposed on the Cuban people by improving broadcasting and the distribution of printed materials to the island.

As I argued in the magazine previously, the travel ban is a significant contributor to the information embargo.