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  1. Link turn human rights Past regimes have grown stronger through trade – the same is true of Cuba.Jorge, Professor of Political Economy at Florida International University, 2000 (Dr. Antonio, "The U.S. Embargo and the Failure of the Cuban Economy," Institute for Cuban & Cuban-American Studies Occasional Papers, Online: http://scholarlyrepository.miami.edu/iccaspapers/28) It follows, from all of the above, that a lifting of the embargo at this time would only serve the purpose of facilitating to Castro desperately needed resources, mainly in the form of credit lines extended by international organizations such as the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, and the Inter-American Development Bank, and also by private banking and other financial institutions. This financial influx would serve to strengthen his 40-year stranglehold on the Cuban people. Furthermore, to those who believe that greater contacts between the United States and Cuba would further the cause of democratization, it should be pointed out that such hopes definitely have not been validated by the experience of Marxist societies from the inception of the New Economic Policy in the Soviet Union, which followed the stage of War Communism, up to the last efforts at reforming socialism in Eastern Europe in the late 1980s. In these countries, trade, foreign investment, and loans led hermetic lives of their own, oblivious to and unaffected by the rest of society. There is no historical precedent for drawing hope from the Cuban experience. As a matter of fact, it could be realistically argued that the opposite has happened. As the Cuban regime succeeds in solidifying itself, as a result of the legitimacy conferred upon it by other nations and by an augmented flow of resources, its repressive proclivities have increased in parallel fashion. Trade and investment with totalitarian states have not weakened or eroded those states; rather, the contrary has always been the case. Castro’s regime is certainly no exception to the rule and, in fact, categorically confirms it. Only pressure has led Castro temporarily to implement some timid reforms that he subsequently has either partly rescinded or revoked altogether. Cuba has established for all to see a system of apartheid — which is openly and vigorously enforced — between foreigners and Cuban nationals. Repression would increase without an Embargo Ron Radosh, professional historian and Fellow at the Hudson Institute, March 18th, 2013 PJ Media “The Time to Help Cuba’s Brave Dissidents Is Now: Why the Embargo Must Not be Lifted†http://pjmedia.com/ronradosh/2013/03/18/the-time-to-help-cubas-brave-dissidents-is-now-why-the-embargo-must-not-be-lifted/?singlepage=true “Young Cuban democracy leader Antonio Rodiles,†an American support group called Capitol Hill Cubans has reported, “has just released the latest episode of his civil society project Estado de Sats (filmed within Cuba), where he discusses the importance U.S. sanctions policy with two of Cuba’s most renowned opposition activists and former political prisoners, Guillermo Fariñas and Jose Daniel Ferrer.â€Â¶ The argument they present is aimed directly at those on the left in the United States, some of whom think they are helping democracy in Cuba by calling for an end to the embargo. In strong and clear language, the two dissidents say the following:¶ If at this time, the [economic] need of the Cuban government is satisfied through financial credits and the lifting of the embargo, repression would increase, it would allow for a continuation of the Castro’s society, totalitarianism would strengthen its hold and philosophically, it would just be immoral … If you did an opinion poll among Cuban opposition activists, the majority would be in favor of not lifting the embargo.¶ Next, they nail the claim that travel without restrictions by citizens of our country to Cuba would help spread freedom. The men respond:¶ In a cost-benefit analysis, travel to Cuba by Americans would be of greatest benefit to the Castro regime, while the Cuban people would be the least to benefit. With all of the controls and the totalitarian system of the government, it would be perfectly able to control such travel.¶ We know this, as I reported a few months ago, about how a group of Americans taking the usual state-controlled Potemkin village tour came back raving about how wonderful and free Cuba is, and how Cuban socialism works.¶ Finally, the two former prisoners made this point about lifting the embargo:¶ To lift the embargo at this time would be very prejudicial to us. The government prioritizes all of the institutions that guarantee its hold on power. The regime’s political police and its jailers receive a much higher salary and privileges than a doctor or engineer, or than any other worker that benefits society.
  2. Similar to what JosephOverman said, the Forum CP is kind of dumb because you cannot fiat an out of round discussion about the topic. However, it is within your control to have an educational debate about the topic. That's probably a large enough solvency deficit to outweigh any NB.
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    Fun Aff help

    Mexico bike lanes http://www.pri.org/stories/2014-03-18/best-way-get-around-traffic-clogged-mexico-city-may-be-bike
  4. Cuba is dependent on Venezuela/Economic collapse inevitable http://www.cnbc.com/id/101496191
  5. It's also not strategic because even if the disads aren't turned, you don't have enough time to do sufficient impact calc/turn case arguments, which are obviously vital if you want to win with a disadvantage.
  6. I think he means this card. It's pretty terrible actually, no warrants, yet it's in the shell of dip cap in almost every camp file. Diplomatic capital is finite – each new issue trades off with another oneAnderson and Grewell 2000 (Terry L., Executive Director of the Property and Environment Research Center, J. Bishop, former research associate for PERC. He is a graduate of Stanford University, the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, and Northwestern Law School, “The Greening of Foreign Policyâ€, PERC Policy Series: PS-20, December 2000, http://www.perc.org/pdf/ps20.pdf) Greater international environmental regulation can increase international tension. Foreign policy is a bag of goods that includes issues from free trade to arms trading to human rights. Each new issue in the bag weighs it down, lessening the focus on other issues and even creating conflicts between issues. Increased environmental regulations could cause countries to lessen their focus on international threats of violence such as the sale of ballistic missiles or border conflicts between nations. As countries must watch over more and more issues arising in the international policy arena, they will stretch the resources necessary to deal with traditional international issues. As Schaefer (2000, 46) writes, “Because diplomatic currency is finite . . . it is critically important that the United States focus its diplomatic efforts on issues of paramount importance to the nation. Traditionally, these priorities have been opposing hostile domination of key geographic regions, supporting our allies, securing vital resources,
  7. Money laundering, although some aspects of solvency were questionable, was fun and had good internal links to big impacts.
  8. Officer Tom, your case writing skills are being called to action.
  9. I love the "We should be learning about space exploration" in your A2 ASPEC.
  10. This isn't a resurfacing of the TheoWalcott troll, is it?
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    Environment K?

    This K is going to be awesome for next year.
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    Big affs

    Solax, stop feeding the troll.
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    Big affs

    Dolphins and icebreakers will be fairly common, and I would be surprised if exploring the Mariana Trench isn't a novice case.
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