Vilma Hidalgo Milagros Martinez EDITOR'S NOTE:Pope John Paul II on more than one occasion has called for an end to the U.S.embargo of Cuba.While the embargo has recently been softened with respect to medicines and food, some still argue that the essentials of the embargo be kept in place. In an op-ed column in the New York Times (June 24, 2000) "On Trade,Cuba is not China," Senator Jesse Helms wrote: "Those who advocate lifting the embargo speak in broad terms about using investment to promote democracy in Cuba. But I challenge them to explain exactly how,under this system,investment can do anything to help the Cuban people." As it happens, had already commissioned the following essay by two Cuban economists, Drs.Vilma Hidalgo and Milagros Martinez, both of the University of Havana. Responding to the challenge in detail,the essay closes with direct citation of the Pope's solemn appeal. 3:4 fall 2000 is the embargo on cuba morally defensible? I.The Economic Costs: Embargo or Blockade? The year 1959, with the triumph of the Cuban Revolution, marked a dramatic turning point in relations between Cuba and the United States. From that year to the present, relations have been conducted within a framework
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Published: Nov 1, 2000
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