Having recently read Humberto Fontova's book Exposing the Real Che Guevara: And the Useful Idiots Who Idolize Him, a State Department-approved "purposeful" trip to Cuba doesn't quite have the same appeal as it once did.

Fontova's impassioned book covers the many lives lost to Castro's regime and the destruction of the formerly robust Cuban economy at the hands of the Communists. Fontova contends that Che was the "godfather of modern terrorism"– perhaps a bit of a stretch– but he does present in his book some interesting comparisons between Che's and Al Qaeda's aims and ambitions.

At any rate, American citizens may soon have a chance to go to Cuba if they so desire.

Some will argue that such cultural interactions will foster change. Others believe that the tourist money will be directed to the coffers of the Communist leaders to prop up a failing totalitarian state and ultimately extend the misery of the populace.

From the Miami Herald:

HAVANA — The forbidden fruit of American travel is once again within reach. New rules issued by the Obama administration will allow Americans wide access to communist-led Cuba, already a mecca for tourists from other nations.Within months or even weeks, thousands of people from Seattle to Sarasota could be shaking their hips in tropical nightclubs and sampling the famous stogies, without having to sneak in through a third country and risk the Treasury Department's wrath.

Full article here.





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  1. bo keely on May 23, 2011 5:24 am

    the u.s. state department issues second-hand, glossed over b.s. from non-travelers that is my indirect guide to travel. i.e. when they suggest not going to a place, i investigate going there. the jumping off point for cuba for decades is cancun/cosmel in the mexican yucatan where I'm told there are a daily dozen americans & europeans catching the quick flight. your passport is not stamped but rather a loose paper so on return via mexico to usa one ever knows you've been to cuba. dozens of tourist offices will help you in cancun/cosmel, or the details are in Lonley Planet guide, the most popular guide book. i 'm told that some travelers do this, although one would
    never recommend this as it would not be in compliance with the laws.


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