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Miklos Vamos

Budapest, Hungary

Miklós Vámos is a Hungarian novelist, screenwriter and talk show host. He is one of the most read and respected writers in his native Hungary. He has taught at Yale University on a Fulbright fellowship, served as The Nation’s East European correspondent, worked as consultant on the Oscar-winning film Mephisto, and presented Hungary’s most-watched cultural television show. Vámos has received numerous awards for his plays, screenplays, novels and short stories, including the Hungarian Merit Award for lifetime achievement. The Book of Fathers is considered his most accomplished novel and has sold 200,000 copies in Hungary. Close.

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Embargoes Stall Real Change

The Current Discussion: The U.S. will lift travel restrictions on Cuba, but leave the larger trade embargo in place. Is that a smart move? Does it go far enough? Too far?

ALL trade restrictions and embargoes are ridiculous, as is the belief that they can weaken a state or a country. Such actions add further misery to the lives of Cubans (and other poor people in question in the world), but won't hurt their governments and politicians. Embargoes are simply good pretexts for a country's leaders to increase military spending.

If the U.S. is really interested in establishing democratic institutions in Cuba and elsewhere, forget the restrictions and the embargoes right away. And, let the people - any people - visit their relatives and come and go as they like.

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