Satellite View of Cuba at Night Reveals the Impact of Embargo and a Centrally Planned Communist Economy

Yesterday’s announcement was historic: restoration of full diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba. And that got me to thinking of how satellite imagery could contribute to public debate now swirling around the move.

For 53 years, the U.S. embargo of Cuba, intended to help bring an end to the Cuban regime, has helped to stifle development there. This year, for example, the nation’s economy grew at a paltry 1.4 percent, according to the government’s no-doubt inflated figure

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