By Justin Green
This week the Spanish Honor’s Society posted a bulletin board describing the tensions between C uba and the USA. The Cuban government became communist in 1965 after the rebels took down Batista and implemented Marxist-Leninist policies. The day of the overthrow is known as "Dia de la Revolución" or Day of the Revolution. Communism has been a controversial topic in the United States, with several events highlighting this, such as the Red Scare, which caused public hysteria within the United States due to fear of communism and McCarthyism. This hysteria involved political repression and persecution of left-wing communist party members who were suspected or spoke out about their beliefs. Communist aversion in the United States is a major factor in the political tensions between the United States and Cuba. The communist party of Cuba emerged in 1965, organized by communist leader Fidel Castro. Communist activity began in Cuba in 1923, and restrictions were later introduced to the Cuban constitution in 1976. Castro's party was renamed the People's Socialist Party in 1961, and this was followed by the Cuban Communist Revolution. The Cuban Missile Crisis was a conflict between the United States and the Soviet Union during the Cold War where the Soviet Union stored missiles in Cuba, supporting the Cuban people against the upcoming threat of the United States. JFK ordered a naval blockade around the missile site, demanding the removal of the missiles from Cuba. Once the missiles were removed, the United States "quarantine" over the missile sites was lifted. Since May, the Biden administration has resumed building a relationship with Cuba, taking steps to lay the groundwork for the future of Cuba-United States relations. The Biden administration has recently implemented flights between countries, facilitated family reunification, eased restrictions on remittances, and increased support for independent Cuban entrepreneurs along with making it easier for students, like those of our school, to travel there.
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