New York Post OPED: “Jay-Z’s Havana Nights” 1

Rapper Jay-Z and his wife Beyoncé Knowles have just spent their fifth anniversary in Cuba, exploring an island where most Americans cannot set foot.

The US trade embargo against the Castro regime bars such trips, but the Treasury Department reportedly approved it as a “cultural visit.” No surprise here: The couple is rich and well-connected — Beyoncé even lip-synched the national anthem at President Obama’s inauguration in January.

Some Cuban-American lawmakers are furious about the couple’s special treatment. But our concern isn’t what the US government is doing to let Americans enter Cuba — it’s what the government is doing to make sure Americans can leave.

US government contractor Alan Gross has been locked up since he was arrested at the Havana airport in 2009 and sentenced to 15 years in Castro’s prisons for helping Cuban Jews connect to the Internet.

It’s bad enough the Treasury Department is eager to accommodate wealthy celebrities who want to enjoy Havana’s nightlife. It’s so much worse that the State Department is apparently unable to free an American in its employ who has spent nearly 1,500 nights in Cuban chains.

One comment

  1. There is no dignity any more for some people. Beyonce’ and Jay Z Spent their sweet time there where there are hundreds incarcerated in Villa Marista and other Cuban prisons subjected to all kind of abuses.Politicians got their own agenda rebuking any other Regime but the communist Cuban Regime,the murderers Fidel and Raul are treated like superstars and Che Guevara a terrorist and murderer is celebrated and admired by Hollywood audiences,and now this,if regular Americans are forbidden from traveling to Cuba,Beyonce and jay Z are not authorized either what make them so relevant?Is that Because they part of the Hollywood bunch?

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