Capitalism: Cuba’s New Ally?

A spam email I received from CheapTickets.com (strangely enough, I’ve been thinking about going to Cuba):

Dear Peter,

At CheapTickets we believe passionately in the power of travel to transform lives. And we believe that people should have the freedom to travel wherever they choose.

Americans today have the right to travel to any country in the world except Cuba. Recently, we put our support behind OpenCuba.org, a campaign that gives people a way to petition U.S. leaders to end the 50-year Cuba travel ban and give all Americans the freedom to travel to Cuba.

159 Congressmen and 29 Senators recently sponsored the bipartisan Freedom to Travel to Cuba Act, which seeks to open up travel to Cuba for all U.S. citizens. The opportunity to end the 50-year ban hangs in the balance. Be part of the movement to give Americans the right to travel wherever they choose by signing the petition.


The momentum behind this issue is growing. A recent Ipsos poll shows that 67% of Americans favor allowing all Americans to travel to Cuba.

Cuban American groups, such as the Cuban American Alliance and the Cuban American Commission for Family Rights, have endorsed OpenCuba.org. Our position on opening up travel to Cuba is aligned with that of Human Rights Watch.

Over 50,000 people have already visited OpenCuba.org to make their opinion heard. Seize the moment and join us in urging U.S. leaders to give all Americans the freedom to travel to Cuba:


We recognize that some of you may have different perspectives on this subject; however, our position on this is premised on two core beliefs:

  • People should have the freedom to travel where they choose
  • Travel — and the resulting exchange of ideas between people from different countries — can be a powerful force for positive change

Thank you for considering our request to join us on this issue.

Barney Harford
President & CEO

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