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Trade sanctions against Cuba–whatever the rationale–place an undue burden upon people already suffering from the immoral practices of Castro’s regime. Sanctions cut off necessary goods to the poor and often have little effect on the lifestyle of government leaders. Furthermore, sanctions frequently enable Castro to strengthen his hold on power by blaming the impoverished condition of Cuba, not upon a lack of freedom there, but upon the very sanctions imposed by outsiders to challenge his regime and its practices.