1. Despite having a strong base in agriculture the Caribbean has begun to fall behind as competition from the global markets persist. What was a crutch for the economy in the form of tourism has become the main aspect of many Caribbean economies. As great as that may be however, it has its downsides as well. Tourism is something derived from vacationing patrons who enjoy travel in their leisure time. During periods of economic crisis, as seen back in 2008, leisure tends to get put on the back burner as needs tend to eclipse wants during times of struggle.
One of the reasons this impacts the Caribbean so hard has a lot to do with its populations. Many of the islands ...view middle of the document...
An island on the other hand is just that, and island, easily isolated from the genetic contamination that is GMO. If governments would make the attempt to ban GMO and rid the islands of the scourge, the ability for farmer to produce heirloom, organic produce would be possible and sustainable. It is a simple solution but one that could have surprisingly good effects.
2. For many people in government along with citizens of the Unites States that saw the Cold War and the things that came from it remember differently Cuba and the role that it played. China and the United States are currently engaged in a love-hate economic relationship that is symbiotic in a sense. If one fails so will the other, sort of. As Americans we know what China is and stands for but it too has realized its ways in a sense, at least economically, and has ventured outside the walls of communism that still hold back Cuba. China is a strange mix of capitalism and communism that blurs the line between traditional models of the two extremes. Capitalism will eventually give way to a structured middle class that in time will evolve into a blossoming democracy or at least in the United States we hope so. Cuba has not budged from its stance despite the fall of the USSR. In the case of Cuba also, many things went into forming the relationship today as tumultuous as it is, many things that people have forgotten.
It came from both sides but the relationship has been bitter since 1960. When, a United States supported, Fidel Castro overthrew the government of General Batista it seemed that things for the country would begin to turn around. Castro visited the United States and for a short time the countries were on the best terms they had been in some time. This didn’t last long and what would ensue would develop into one of the bitterest relationships in the history of the world.
Not long after his visit Castro seized private land and assets, conforming to communist principals that were vehemently opposed by the Unites States especially during the 1950s and 60s. From that point forward the United States did everything...