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Cuba Embargo Under Pressure As Obama Urged To Ease It

Bill Faries and David Lerman


May 29, 2014


A political consensus against trade with communist Cuba that has prevailed in Washington for half a century is showing signs of cracking.

As the head of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the world’s biggest business lobby, pays a visit to the Caribbean island this week, support is growing for an easing of trade restrictions and an increase in academic and cultural exchanges.

While few are advocating a full lifting of the embargo or the restoration of diplomatic relations, almost four dozen former government officials, retired military officers and business leaders wrote an open letter to President Barack Obama this month urging him to ease some constraints.