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Helms-Burton Act The Revival of McCarthyism in America What came first the chicken or the egg All throughout history this question has been asked and given varied answers If you asked most Catholics they would say God made fowl to fly so it has to be the chicken If you asked most Hindus they would say life is born into existence therefore the egg came first Go to your Congressman and they would say I dont who came first as long as theyre not from Cuba The Helms-Burton Act also known as The Cuban Liberty and Democratic Solidarity Act Libertad was passed into US Law in March 1996 The law is a codification of four decades of an US embargo aimed at discouraging foreign investment Its secondary purpose being a catalyst in the collapse of the Castro regime As a perceived continuation of the Monroe Doctrine the law has become the center of controversy and criticism emanating not only from the Cuban government but also from much of the rest of the world The act is a violation of international law It not only forbids American companies from doing business in or trading with Cuban it also penalizes foreign companies who engage in Cuban trade In the same way that the Arabs tried to isolate Israel economically by blacklisting any Western companies that did business with Israel the law seeks to impose sanctions on any company that trades with Cuba For this the Act is said to be in violation of NAFTA Rather than being a mechanism to bring democracy to Cuba through international pressure the act is diluted to a misbegotten law that reinforces the Castro regime and furthers the gap between the US and the rest of the world Sanctions against Cuba under the
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