Jay and Bey in Cuba: An Explainer

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

U.S. singers Jay-Z and Beyonce at the U.S. Open in September (Emmanuel Dunand/AFP)

Julia Sweig, Senior Fellow and Director of Latin America Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations and author of Cuba: What Everyone Needs to Know, explains whether or not Jay-Z and Beyoncé's trip to Cuba violates Treasury Department sanctions, and how tourism regulations tie into the state of U.S.-Cuba relations. 



Julia Sweig

Comments [14]

This "embargo" was installed and has been propagated by the bitter/greedy/KORRUPT® democracy-"loving", florida-living capitalists who got stripped of their ill-gotten wealth when the Cubans got sick and tired of being abused and EXPLOITED!!

RUBIO!! Your pandering is to these criminals is PATHETIC!!

Apr. 10 2013 11:28 AM
Jf from The future

Fidel castro worked for the cia. Cuba is americas propaganda billboard. "look what happens when you go against the oligarchy" it doesnt matter if you live in atropical climate where fruit grown naturally all year, you will starve. Cuba may have become a utopia with che guevarra. An island of millions could do anything. Put your thinking caps on guys.

Apr. 10 2013 11:16 AM
JM from Manhattan

The government is restricting my rights with this "embargo". If the GOVERNMENT does not want to deal with Cuba that is IT's problem I should be allowed to visit the jewel of the Caribbean myself as it is my right to go and see and decide on my own.

RECOGNIZE CUBA and stop this idiotic embargo ... the anti Castro cuban lobby (99% disenchanted white Cubans that do NOT reflect the demographics of the REAL Cuba) needs to get lost

Apr. 10 2013 10:41 AM
dlmc from Brooklyn

Oh goody, we can look forward to another Obama foreign policy disaster. Is there any country that the Obama administration has improved relations with??

Apr. 10 2013 10:41 AM

The MORONIC thing is this RIDICULOUS prohibition has been the fundamental thing that has allowed Castro's dictatorship to survive this long!!!

These is no such thing as being a little capitalistic - OPEN THE DAMN FLOODGATES. It'll be like an Korporate® Atomic Bomb!!

The unfortunate thing is, it will THOROUGHLY DESTROY the culture, there.

AAHHHHHHHHHH!!!!! Celebrity™ claptrap!! ...and Rubio, to boot!! Poor us!!

Apr. 10 2013 10:39 AM
Truth & Beauty from Brooklyn

Brian: I don't know that your regular listeners give a you-know-what what JayZ & Beyonce do. That's not our metier. Let's move on to real news, please.

Apr. 10 2013 10:38 AM
Bob Moore from Manhattan

Last year my wife and I went on a 'humanitarian' trip to Cuba which was a wonderful experience. We took school and medical supplies has a wonderful guide who had recently taken a group of Republican Senators around the country. How long do you really expect this embargo to last to effect change. It is so ridiculous it is not true. America should be ashamed of their behavior towards their neighbors.

Apr. 10 2013 10:37 AM
Sheldon from Brooklyn

"a" bemusement - that's silly. The argument is votes in Florida.

Apr. 10 2013 10:35 AM
The Truth from Becky

Ridiculous! but why isn't the news that their license was in good order, as loud as it was when they were thought to have been over there without proper documentation? Incredible.

Apr. 10 2013 10:34 AM
Sheldon from Brooklyn

So, Americans are the "freest" people in the world - they just happen to be the only people - in the world, who cannot legally go to Cuba?

Dennis Rodman can go to North Korea, hug and high-five the dictator of a country we are technically still at war with - that threatens to nuke us, without little more than a bemusement from the State Dept., but if he were to go to Cuba, he would have been in real trouble?

It's time to end this silliness.

Apr. 10 2013 10:27 AM

This is really about the Republicans trying to cling to an issue since they are losing on other issues. The embargo is being propped up by the Miami anti-Castro Cuban contingency, a small group but wielding Congressional influence because they have $$$$$$. The rest of the world has been vacationing there for years. Even as an American, you can get a visa via humanitarian cause, athletic event or group tourism. Jay and Bey probably got their visa through group tourism (they traveled with a bunch of people).

Apr. 10 2013 10:11 AM
Enrique Escobar from Elizabeth, NJ

SO WHAT IS IT? FEAR OF THE CUBAN-AMERICAN LOBBY (iLeana Ros-Lehtinen & mario Díz Balart; knon in the island as Cuban-Mafia) OR AN STUPID AMERICAN POLICY?

We need to come to an agreement and say is the latter. Our foreing policy towards Cuba is mainly because they won't accept our "humanitarian" interference,
to "help them prosper", like, say.., Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala.., and pretty much the rest of the third world. And these countries are so prosperous and democratic! Correct?

They say it was a very nice and detail letter said "gusanos" -coloquial cuban nickname- sent to the director of Foreing Assets Control.
And is NOT racism* or letting Lehtinen or Balart think they're hot-cuban-policies-enforcers, but applying the law correct? Oh how i laugh.

Apr. 10 2013 09:57 AM

Thousands of Americans have traveled to Cuba through "sanctioned" means, and through third countries. They join Canadians, Spaniards, French, and others to explore and enjoy this fabled place, for all its flaws. If human rights were truly the issue, ban travel to China.

Apr. 10 2013 09:43 AM
David from Fairfield CT

Where's the news people?
it's about time people start to break this stupid rule. More Americans should follow their example. Brave individuals I would say!

Apr. 10 2013 07:21 AM

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