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IN BRIEF

Easing Path Out of Country, Cuba Is Dropping Exit Visas

OCTOBER 17, 2012

“The new policy — promised by President Raúl Castro last year, and finally announced in the Communist Party newspaper — represents the latest significant step by the Cuban government to answer demands for change from Cubans, without relinquishing control. . . .

Cuba’s doctors, scientists and other professionals, who have long faced tight restrictions on movement, might be held back as well because the new policy includes a caveat allowing the government to limit departures to ‘preserve the human capital created by the Revolution.’” (New York Times)

Welcome news, as far as it goes. Maybe the U.S. government might free its citizens to travel to and trade with Cuba someday.

FEE Timely Classic

Inventing Life in Cuba” by Marc A. Olshan

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