The Peoples Republic of Florida by Jim Ryerson

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by Jim Ryerson
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(jim [at] travelingman [dot] net)
Cuba Connections
January 25, 2011

Some Cubans in Florida continue to try to live by their own rules, despite what the rest of the country does. The latest example of this idiocy came to light last week when President Obama lifted some restrictions for academics traveling to Cuba. It was praised at Universities around the country as a reopening of educational visits between our two countries. But not in Florida. Those academics, ostensibly working in the United States, will not be able to take part in these new regulations because the State  of Florida prohibits contact with Cuba. Once again, hard- line Cuban exile politicians have exerted their power to block the laws of America in order to carry out their political vendetta against the people and government of Cuba.

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Jim Ryerson is a documentary film producer specializing on Cuba, which he’s visited more than 30 times. He formerly worked as a television news reporter in Los Angeles, and has won numerous national and international awards for his work His documentary on the U.S. embargo, Looking for Cuba has been on the film festival circuit, and he has 3 other documentary projects regarding Cuban music, art and culture. You can read his blog and see clips from their films at


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