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Free Drinks at Hemingway’s!

August 16, 2011

A toast to liquid diplomacy!

The Atlantic reports that the Cuban Interest Section (which would under normalized circumstances be called the Cuban Embassy) in Washington, D.C. is opening Hemingway’s Bar on Oct. 6, an invitation-only joint that, because Americans are forbidden from giving money to Cubans, will offer free drinks.  

Writes Steve Clemons:

There are many who would like to continue to see US-Cuba relations only through the prism of an anachronistic embargo and standoff over property rights, human rights, and other differences — but given that the Cold War ended everywhere else in the world, given that Communist China is now America’s financier, given the openings and incredible economic progress in Vietnam — it makes no sense for US and Cuba not to normalize relations.

Part of that process of normalization means not just hammering on differences but beginning to recognize that there are many shared interests and shared culture.  Hemingway is loved by Cubans — as he is by Americans and others around the world.

So here’s to Papa — and a Papa Doble, por favor — for peace.