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A lot of Cubans are disappointed today by news that the U.S. Treasury Department has essentially forced the New York Philharmonic to postpone its historic trip to Cuba, which had been planned for later this month. Apparently the Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control granted travel licenses for the orchestra to go to Havana, but not the patrons who are supporting the trip financially.
What seems particularly absurd to people here is that the Philharmonic went to North Korea last year and brought along patrons then, and the orchestra has a similar trip goodwill trip planned to communist-ruled Vietnam this month. So what's so threatening about Cuba? Unlike North Korea, the island isn't threatening the United States with a rogue nuclear weapons program. Perhaps the Treasury Department simply wants to protect Americans from exposure to the island's megaton cocktails.