In the News: Americans Permitted to Send Cell Phones to Cuba

President Bush has announced a change in policy that will allow Americans to send cell phones to relatives in Cuba. Bush said he is making the change because new President Raul Castro is allowing Cubans to own mobile phones for the first time. Bush urged the Cuban government to further loosen restrictions by allowing citizens to watch uncensored movies and have free access to the Internet. In addition, he underscored the need for more free-market reforms. The United States has maintained an embargo on Cuba ever since former President Fidel Castro — brother of Raul — overthrew the country’s pro-American government half a century ago.

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