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It's still too early to book that Havana holiday, but administration officials say President Obama is considering easing travel restrictions to Cuba.

The move would make it easier for American students, teachers and researchers to visit the island nation but would not affect the trade embargo that's been in place for a half century, The Associated Press reported Tuesday.

The White House has indicated it wants to promote democracy in Cuba by allowing certain Americans to visit there. A complete lifting of travel restrictions would not happen unless the communist regime makes political or economic reforms.

A decision could come by next week, but some officials said an announcement might be delayed until after November's midterm elections.

Last year the administration eased rules to allow Cuban-Americans to visit and send money to family members in Cuba.

Speculation about further revisions to travel restrictions began last month when Havana started releasing a number of political prisoners, the AP said.

The White House and State Department declined to comment on specifics of the changes.

"The president is going to continue to do things that are in the best interest of the United States and that help to create a more democratic environment and expand freedoms for the Cuban people," deputy White House spokesman Bill Burton told reporters.

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flyingfortresb17

easing the travel restrictions is a good start but we should go further. Allow commerce with Cuba and open relations by allowing them to open an embassy in washington. with the going sooner than later Cuba will realize that we don't want their country and the ex-patriot cubans would eventually go back. I ain't got nothing against Cuban immigrants but I am sure that once we get on the good side then the Cuban government would change on it's own like east germany and russia. course that would piss off Chavez and is dictatorship government in Venezuela.

August 18 2010 at 1:51 AM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
Linda Coons

We can travel to Viet Nam, to Japan and Korea. Time to let us travel to Cuba. It is not our job to run any other country but ours and this one is sooooo close to our borders.

August 17 2010 at 11:47 PM Report abuse -12 rate up rate down Reply
villagerty

Fidel eradicated Aids the same way the U.S. eradicated leprosy and TB - by quarantining the infected!!

August 17 2010 at 11:17 PM Report abuse +8 rate up rate down Reply
RSK1177

If Obama thinks that by letting students, academicians, and researchers visit Cuba, democracy will be advanced, he's under the influence of something stronger than marijuana! How will visits by the selected few give more freedom to the Cuban people? Don't Americans visit Russia and China and aren't those countries still under communist rule? Another ploy by Obama to garner votes from more hispanics !!

August 17 2010 at 11:16 PM Report abuse +35 rate up rate down Reply
sulahibueras

When Cuba could come up with 1 billion cubans the way China did, the embargo shall be lifted. China receives favorite nation status in exchanged to American compays doing business in China.

August 17 2010 at 11:11 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
punnster

If they eradicated aids in Cuba, I don't think you want to know how they did it.

August 17 2010 at 11:10 PM Report abuse +23 rate up rate down Reply
vallesula

Rest assured, had Cuba have 1 billion people, the embargo would have been lifted long ago. Think people,think !, China is still the mother-load of Communism, yet our government has embrqased them so that Corporate America can open up their sweat-shops on Chinese shores. Too bad Fidel, you don't have 1 billion plus people so..., corporate America hasn't got a need for you .

August 17 2010 at 11:04 PM Report abuse -6 rate up rate down Reply
Margaret

If we can still visit/trade with China, the biggest Communist country that still has horrendous human rights violations (Tibet, etc.) then why not Cuba? If we are allowed to visit, tourism would boost their economy and their lives. Time to grow up as Tom said and join the 21st century. Canadians have no trouble visiting Cuba, and neither does any other country in the world.

August 17 2010 at 10:27 PM Report abuse -13 rate up rate down Reply
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spacificgrove

Because republicans want to placate their Cuban constituency in Florida. Its THAT simple......

August 17 2010 at 11:02 PM Report abuse -26 rate up rate down Reply
BobaLou

...Because historically, Cuba has had no problem with allowing short range missiles to be put in their territory aimed right at the USA. That alone makes them a threat that should be eliminated.

August 17 2010 at 11:28 PM Report abuse +25 rate up rate down Reply
traviscapt2001

Im sorry i dont see the good those age old embargo has ever done. Especially in this economic times maybe we should lift them

August 17 2010 at 10:04 PM Report abuse -15 rate up rate down Reply
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cadydad59

So you don't remember why, in 1959 cuba was going to allow missiles to be placed in cuba to be aimed at usa Kennedy made them remove and stop shipments of more missiles, after that times was so smooth that goverment thought it would be nice to give tax breaks to companys to move to other countrys.The beginning of take jobs away from America. This nothing new been going on for 50 years study you history. young people had better wake up, you will be fighting right here in America just like in the east.

August 18 2010 at 4:09 AM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
Tom

It is time to end the trade embargoes too. Those have only made it harder for the common man/woman in Cuba. The cold war is over, time to grow up.

August 17 2010 at 7:13 PM Report abuse -19 rate up rate down Reply

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