New York Times urges lifting of US embargo against Cuba

US Cuban embargo

The New York Times' (NYT) editorial board has once again called for the United States to lift its embargo against Cuba.

The NYT notes that the policy of not lifting the embargo until democracy is restored on the island has not worked as the Castros remain firmly in charge in Havana more than a half-century after President John F. Kennedy instituted the restrictions against Cuba. And although President Obama took tentative steps to ease the embargo in 2009 by allowing Cuban-Americans to visit and send remittances to the island and cleared the way for telecommunications companies to establish licensing deals in Cuba, the administration has not done anything since..

The times suggests Cuba should release Mr. Gross, the American contractor who Cuba accuses of spying, and other political prisoners and urges President Obama to press the US Congress to end the embargo against Cuba.