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Crackdown on Cuba

U.S. tightens embargo, banning travelers from coming home with Cuban cigars and rum, and making Cuban hotels off-limits to Americans
By Peter Kornbluh | From Stranger Things Star David Harbour, September/October 2020
Crackdown on Cuba
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Veterans of the Bay of Pigs invasion watch President Donald Trump announce a new ban on Cuban cigars and rum.
The cigar party is over. Americans are once again prohibited from coming back to the U.S. with Cuban cigars and rum, and can no longer stay in Cuban hotels, President Donald Trump announced in a speech on September 23. New U.S. sanctions leveled against Cuba have removed the permission for Americans traveling abroad to return home with Cuba’s most famous exports, and also ban future U.S. travelers from staying at any government-owned hotels on the island. The latter restriction essentially forces all future U.S. visitors to stay in Airbnb-style lodgings in private homes, since the Cuban state holds full or majority ownership in all Cuban hotels. Trump’s announcement …
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