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Lamis Andoni

Doha, Qatar

Lamis Andoni is a Middle East consultant for Al Jazeera, the Qatar-based news station. She has been covering the Middle East for 20 years. She has reported for the Christian Science Monitor, the Financial Times and the main newspapers in Jordan. She was a professor at the Graduate School in UC Berkeley. Close.

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A Welcome Step, But Not Enough

The U.S. decision to lift travel restrictions on Cuba is a welcome step. But it does not go far enough.

It is high time to get rid of one of the last legacies of the cold era. It is time to go all the way and lift the embargo on Cuba. The embargo is not only a form of collective punishment against the Cuban people, but is remnant of the imperious notion that the U.S.-led world capitalist economy is better or the only way to progress and prosperity. The global recession, and the collapse of many institutions in the U.S. and beyond, have made the claim of the ultimate and irreversible victory of capitalism both outdated and ridiculous.

The previous administration was drunk with wit the idea of the ultimate victory for capitalism and they dragged America and the world into what seems to be a bottomless economic crisis. In other words, the ideological basis for the embargo no longer holds. The embargo neither brought about regime change nor consolidated the victory of a world capitalist view.

In his speeches Obama tries to project "humane world view" that respect other nations path and struggle for change and development. This vision will lack credibility as long as America continues its self-entitlement to punish other nations who do not adhere to its world view. Washington has to learn how to be humble and should be humbled by its own economic crisis.

Lifting the embargo on Cuba is one step to create a better international atmosphere to boost collaboration with and not subjugation of other nations.

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