Lesson from Carnival Cruise Cuba scandal: Only intense pressure can force the apartheid Castro dictatorship to change

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The decision by Cuba’s apartheid dictatorship to partially end its discriminatory policy towards Cuban Americans came not from thoughtful engagement and surrender to their demands, but from intense public pressure and the very real prospect of the Castros getting hit where it hurts them the most: their wallets.

Via Capitol Hill Cubans:

Lesson From Carnival’s Cuba Outrage

The Castro regime announced this morning that American citizens born in Cuba will be allowed to enter the island through cruise ships.

This was as a result of the pressure and outrage stemming from Carnival’s adoption of Castro’s discriminatory practices.

First, it’s important to clarify that American citizens born in Cuba will still be required to undergo the Castro regime’s discriminatory visa-passport application process.

The Castro regime will also continue to exert its political discrimination, which bars the entry of American citizens born in Cuba, who are critical of its dictatorship.

Finally, the ban remains in tact for American citizens born in Cuba from entering the island through smaller, non-cruise or merchant ships.

But it shows you what a lawsuit, media outrage, unanimous bipartisan condemnation, a public relations fiasco and fear of loss revenue can induce the Castro regime to agree to.

For let’s be clear — if it were not for the scrutiny, pressure and outrage, Carnival would have happily gone along with Castro’s discriminatory demands (as it had planned to, until outed) — and just as Google and Airbnb are currently censoring and compiling information on Cubans at the behest of the Castro regime.

Too bad there’s not similar pressure and widespread outrage placed on the Castro regime to stop beating female activists and imprisoning peaceful demonstrators.

On this pressing matter, Castro’s getting a pass.

1 thought on “Lesson from Carnival Cruise Cuba scandal: Only intense pressure can force the apartheid Castro dictatorship to change”

  1. It is a dubious victory: making one’s supposed enemy take one’s money (which it would have done anyhow, one way or another, considering the customers involved).

    It was said of the Bourbons after the French Revolution that they’d learned nothing and forgotten nothing. Alas, too many Cubans have learned nothing and forgotten far too much.

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