The time has come and almost gone for Washington to repair its broken relations with Cuba. For 53 years the White House has maintained a punishing embargo on trade with Cuba. Yet Cuban-Americans trade with and travel to Cuba freely on a daily basis. The "embargo" applies to everyone except them.
Just before dawn this morning, the 300-foot-long ship Ana Cecilia docked at the Port of Havana with an unusual cargo: the first maritime shipping direct from the United States to Cuba in more than 50 years.
The pepper is of carved wood and a seasoning container on the table says "Sedano's" in green letters. The private restaurant waits for the supplies that will arrive this Saturday in an enormous delivery transported by a "mula" -- a mule.