Five decades on, the embargo continues


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El Capitolio Havana, the former seat of the Government in Cuba.

Led by the United States in 1962 the US-Cuba trade embargo has limited virtually all American companies from any trade connections with Cuba.
On Tuesday 13th September, President Obama once more renewed the US imposed sanctions on Cuba stating “I hereby determine that the continuation for 1 year of the exercise of those authorities with respect to Cuba is in the national interest of the United States.”


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