America's Cuban Conundrum

1248 Words Feb 5th, 2018 5 Pages
The main controversy surrounding the Helms-Burton Act is the resistance from the Cuban government regarding the features of the legislation. The resistance is a clear demonstration of the legality of property claims despite of the passage of time. Throughout history, rarely has an initiative by the American government to enforce its political opinion on economies of other countries generated much anger like the 1996 Cuban Liberty and Democratic Solidarity or Helms-Burton Act. Even though President Clinton initially opposed the legislation, it was enacted after the downing of two planes by Cuban Air Force that were flown by members of an anti-Castro organization in America. The enactment of this legislation resulted in the America's Cuban Conundrum whose main issues are addressed in this article.
Helms-Burton Act:
As previously mentioned, the Helms-Burton Act was signed into law by President Clinton after the downing of two planes though he initially opposed it. One of the major reasons for the enactment of this act is that it sought to strengthen the existing 35-year American embargo against trade with and investment in Cuba (Jackson & Lowenfeld, n.d.). This measure was not only applicable to U.S. companies but extended to overseas firms that were owned or managed by American…

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