Upsetting
Tuesday, September 23, 2003
 
The idea that Americans are not permitted to travel to Cuba as tourists under the rules of the Treasury Department’s Cuban Assets Control Regulations is seemingly antithetical to the values of freedom and democracy espoused by the U.S. government.

Yet Cuba is the only nation where tourist travel by Americans is a violation of U.S. law. (Travel exceptions are made for some diplomats, journalists, academics and others, but strict rules about expenditure of money apply, according to the State Department Web site.)

The irony of this occurred to me a few years ago, when I noticed that I could legally travel to Baghdad and Kabul – bearing in mind State Department travel warnings – but a trip to Havana was verboten.
 
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