Cuba will refuse Trump's demand to send Assata Shakur back to America

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President Donald Trump's Cuba policy is less popular than the opening created by President Barack Obama, a new Florida poll shows.

Travel to Cuba as part of a formal, credit-bearing program and for academic research should therefore not be affected by the planned changes.

Kristen DeAngelo of Dream Excapes believes the US should keep its ties with Cuba for two positive reasons: "Americans will still be able to visit and understand the true culture and way of life for the Cuban people and the tourist visitation in Cuba will increase the overall economy of the country and its people". Only group-organized, people-to-people travel for educational purposes will continue to be authorized.

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"People-to-people interactions, however, allow for increased cultural understanding between Cubans and Americans, helping to overcome mistrust between the two nations", he commented.

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One of biggest changes the president announced was what he called a "ban on tourism", but Department of the Treasury documents say the restrictions refer to "individual people-to-people" travel from the USA to Cuba, which basically means that a visitor can go on his or her own to the island for "educational travel" that is not tied to a university or academic degree program or group.

Bishop Cantu's statement said: "The fruits of investment in Cuba should benefit individuals and families, and not the security forces". "I have continued to press both the Obama and Trump Administrations for the return of Joanne Chesimard, and am pleased that the president today made her return - in clear and absolute terms, as I have insisted - contingent upon any further USA engagement in Cuba".

The embargo against Cuba, which only Congress, not a president, can change, will remain in place, Trump said.

However, the move sparked condemnation from worldwide education stakeholders including NAFSA, which has advocated for the restoration of ties with Cuba for more than a decade. Cuba, having granted political asylum to one of America's Most Wanted, falls in line with the former and does not plan on relinquishing her.

"This represents a step backwards and a strong attack on the freedom of travel", commented UNWTO secretary general Taleb Rifai. Despite the breadth of the policy's stated goals and the fanfare surrounding its announcement, the policy leaves intact numerous Obama Administration's diplomatic and regulatory changes involving Cuba-for instance, measures facilitating the provision of infrastructure and telecommunications services in Cuba. Everybody loses. Our image suffers, our businesses suffer, and Cuba suffers.

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