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Saturday, March 12, 2016
End the book embargo against Cuba
It seems like a "Well, duh," to me that readers and writers should have free access to all literature. Here, in brief, is what Mark Coker, founder of Smashwords, wrote.
the eve of his historic visit to Cuba March 21-22, we call on President
Obama to utilize executive powers to immediately lift the economic
embargo against Cuba as it pertains to books and educational materials.
As a basic human right, readers everywhere deserve greater access to books and literature.
Books promote cross-cultural understanding, economic development, free expression and positive social change.
The book embargo runs
counter to American ideals of free expression.
Cuba's adult literacy rate -- at nearly 100% -- is among the highest in the world.
Cuba boasts a rich literary heritage.
End the embargo to make the works of American and Cuban writers more accessible to readers in each country.
72% of Americans support an end to the trade embargo against Cuba (Pew, 2015)