Latin America

New pro-Cuba measures from the U.S.: real progress, or empty promises?

Veering away from the Trump-era policies, the Biden White House announced a set of measures to ease the U.S.'s relationship with Cuba, relaxing restrictions on money transfers

Cuban-American demonstrators at the White House ask for U.S. President Joe Biden to intervene in Cuba. Photo: Phil Pasquini/Shutterstock
Cuban-American demonstrators at the White House ask for U.S. President Joe Biden to intervene in Cuba. Photo: Phil Pasquini/Shutterstock

For the first time since taking office, the Joe Biden administration in the U.S. announced a set of measures this month to ease the country’s controversial Donald Trump-era sanctions against Cuba. The Democrat president had promised less-violent economic and migrant policies regarding the island nation, and the latest moves indicate the start of this shift. 

The list of modifications includes relaxing restrictions on Cubans sending money home from the U.S. — which pumps more than USD 3.7 billion into the island’s economy every year, according to The Havana Consulting Group. Before, Cubans in the U.S. were prohibited...

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