A culture of piracy
After more than half a century of trade embargoes, it may surprise some that many Cubans have been watching the same television programs as all of us. Terabytes of data flow into the country every day with the help of internet feeds and other forms of smuggling. Despite the trade embargoes and regulations meant to keep Cuba out of United States pop culture, Cubans have been accessing content for relatively nothing. The Cuban government not only allows the normalization of piracy, but participates in it as well, with Cuban state television often shows American media in the form of movies and television programs without actually paying any royalties. The Cuban government controls the airways in the country, and in an effort to ensure the viewing by its
citizens of its political programming, has also grown accustomed to broadcasting American media content such as Seinfeld, Friends, and even The Bachelor. The Cuban government also sells tickets
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“Travel to Cuba: What you need to know now”

The Department of the Treasury Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) released on June 16th, 2017, a list of frequently asked questions regarding President Trump’s recent Cuba announcement. The following is part one in a series in which we discuss these questions and the impact on your travel experience.

The OFAC will implement President Trump’s policy changes (summarized in our first blog post) by amending their Cuban Assets Control Regulations. President Trump’s policy change will not take effect until the U.S. government has issued the new regulations.

The type of travel that will be impacted 

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Why Cuba?

If you’ve heard stories from friends, family or others that have traveled to Cuba during this embargo period, you’ve probably heard the phrase, “Only in Cuba…”

            This simple phrase encompasses not only the very real infrastructural difficulties one may face, but also the cultural beauty presented. The island is the largest and least commercialized in the Caribbean, with a history of particularly intense political isolation. Cuban culture and society seem preserved in a way that reveals a rich and original collective persona. It’s not just the presence of antique cars and aging colonial architecture that makes Cuba unique, it’s the spirit of a country whose technology and infrastructure haven’t advanced with the rest of the world. The Cuba of today is one that restriction-free American travel systems will most likely influence, but not completely change.

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