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Tom Donohue, U.S. Chamber Chief, on the Cuba Question

Tom Donohue, U.S. Chamber Chief, on the Cuba Question
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The news that strongman Fidel Castro was essentially stepping aside after more than a half-century in power raised anew the question of the economic sanctions imposed on Cuba by the U.S. Because of the large and potent Cuban exile population in South Florida, the lifting of sanctions has long been considered a political third rail. So even with an eager market just miles off the coast of America, U.S. business has been (somewhat) patiently waiting for the Castro regime to fade away. With Fidel's 76-year-old brother Raúl expected to take power, the wait may not be over. Yet some, like Tom Donohue, CEO of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, spy an opening. The tough-talking Donohue has led the Chamber for more than 10 years, and he doesn't mince words when it comes to sanctions or the fiery issue of immigration—a topic at the top of the business agenda.

With Fidel Castro stepping aside, is it time to roll back economic sanctions against Cuba?