The prohibition of activities the government prefers to monopolize allows it to exercise control over Cuban citizens and impose an apparent order over society.
The time has come and almost gone for Washington to repair its broken relations with Cuba. For 53 years the White House has maintained a punishing embargo on trade with Cuba. Yet Cuban-Americans trade with and travel to Cuba freely on a daily basis. The "embargo" applies to everyone except them.
Just before dawn this morning, the 300-foot-long ship Ana Cecilia docked at the Port of Havana with an unusual cargo: the first maritime shipping direct from the United States to Cuba in more than 50 years.