Cuban impressions, pt. 5 – Normalizing U.S. / Cuban relations

The Republicans may be in a snit about President Obama's initiative on Cuba, but polls show that 55-60 percent of Americans favor his efforts to create a new beginning in our relationship. And that makes sense.  But normalization won't happen quickly. Since 2009, scholars in both countries have been exploring ways to normalize relations.  Some call …

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Impressions of Cuba, pt. 2 – Cuban embargo is just one problem

The end of the U.S. embargo of Cuba is long overdue. It serves no purpose today.  The goal was to bring Fidel Castro to his knees, but it hasn't worked for 55 years.  Now the torch has been passed to his brother, Raul,  perceived both in the United States and in Cuba to be a pragmatist. His …

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Cuba: Obama’s push for legacy

Hmm, the country has an authoritarian regime, a Communist credo, a record of human rights violations, no open elections or free press, and we're liberalizing relations with it? How can we do that? Well, it worked with China, Richard Nixon's legacy foreign policy initiative. And Vietnam too. Why not with Cuba?  To paraphrase President Obama, …

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