Editorial

Mafia hotels, half of Cienfuegos, and other unusual claims against Cuba under Helms-Burton

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By Sergio Alejandro Gómez, for CubaDebate Although doomed to failure, Helms-Burton’s objectives have always been clear: asphyxiate the Cuban economy and topple the Cuban revolution by causing hunger and desperation among its people. Those who sponsored and drafted the law made no effort to conceal them. Nevertheless, 23 years after its enactment, Helms-Burton’s benefits for U.S. citizens remain a mystery, even for the majority of the Cuban community residing there who support normalized relations with their country of origin. Who are Helms-Burton’s winners then? It’s a question that has been the subject of increased attention lately. Just like on March 12, 1996, when President Bill Clinton signed off on Helms-Burton, magical recipes to defeat socialism in Cuba are once again on sale, this time by…

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