|Arturo López-Levy. Photo: Education-Portal.com|
U.S. policy toward Cuba is plagued with "irrationality and double standards," according to Arturo López-Levy, a researcher at the University of Denver's Josef Korbel School of International Studies. In an interview with Education-Portal.com, López-Levy said:
The Helms-Burton Act dictates unacceptable conditions to Cuban sovereignty and even disrespects Cuban civil society by not asking the informed consent of all Cuban partners for the programs of USAID. The U.S. cannot encourage a democratic environment for academic exchanges if it says it seeks respect for human rights in Cuba but then curtails the rights of its own citizens to travel to Cuba and implements policies that violate international law.