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Commentary :: International
BTL:Influenced by Hard-core Exile Groups, Bush Imposes New Sanctions Against~
02 Aug 2004
Modified: 12:29:58 AM
~Cuba~Interview with Wayne Smith, senior fellow with the Center for International Policy, conducted by Between the Lines' Denise Manzari
Influenced by Hard-core Exile Groups, Bush Imposes New Sanctions Against Cuba

Interview with Wayne Smith, senior fellow with the Center for International Policy, conducted by Denise Manzari

On May 6, President Bush announced a series of strict new measures his administration will impose against Cuba. These included restrictions severely limiting visits to Cuba by family members living in the U.S. to only once every three years, compared to the previous once-a-year limitation. The range of relatives to whom money can be sent has also been narrowed. In addition,the White House is considering a proposal for the use of military aircraft to transmit radio and television programming to Cuba from international airspace, a violation of the International Communications Convention.

U.S. Representative Lincoln Diaz-Balart, Republican of Florida, is one of the Cuban exiles in Congress offering cues to the White House. He is urging that the U.S. once again consider assassinating Cuban President Fidel Castro. Other Florida politicians are calling for the use of military force against Castro's government. Shortly after Bush announced his Cuba sanctions, more than a million people in Havana demonstrated against the policies.

Wayne Smith is a senior fellow with the Center for International Policy in Washington, and former chief of the U.S. Interests Section in Havana under the Carter administration. He spoke with Between The Lines' Denise Manzari about the new Cuba measures and compares them with the Bush administration's controversial policies toward Iraq.

Contact the Center for International Policy in Washington at (202) 232-3317 or visit their website at

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"Is Cuba Next?" by Steve Sebelius, Las Vegas Mercury, July 22, 2004

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