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  • Obama's Cuba Announcement

    Still processing, but, wow.

    Source: CBSNEWS.com

    President Obama announced Wednesday that the United States is taking steps to restore full diplomacy with Cuba, a historic move that will end 50 years of frozen relations the communist nation.

    "I believe we can do more to support the Cuban people and our values through engagement," Mr. Obama said from the White House. "These 50 years have shown that isolation has not worked. It's time for a new approach."

    Since entering the White House, President Obama had expressed interest in normalizing relations with Cuba. The breakthrough announced Wednesday came after Cuba agreed to release American prisoner Alan Gross.

    Mr. Obama called Cuban President Raul Castro on Tuesday -- the first engagement at the presidential level between Cuba and the United States since the Cuban revolution -- to discuss the release of Gross and one other man characterized as a U.S. intelligence asset, as well as the United States' release of three Cuban intelligence officers. They also discussed areas of potential cooperation between the two nations, including counter-terrorism efforts.

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  • #2
    is he going to send back all of the illegal immigrants and drug smugglers?

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    • #3
      Does Cuba still have American prisoners like Alan Gross?

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      • #4
        I think, at the very least, the embargo needs to go. It's been going on for 50 years and it hasn't achieved its goal of un-communizing China. All it's done is make the people there worse off than they were before.
        "I am not angered that the Moral Majority boys campaign against abortion. I am angry when the same men who say, "Save OUR children" bellow "Build more and bigger bombers." That's right! Blast the children in other nations into eternity, or limbless misery as they lay crippled from "OUR" bombers! This does not jell." - Leonard Ravenhill

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Leonhard View Post
          Does Cuba still have American prisoners like Alan Gross?
          Obama and Raúl Castro thank pope for breakthrough in US-Cuba relations
          Surprise breakthrough came after 45-minute phone call between President Obama and Raúl Castro finalised the release of US prisoner Alan Gross.

          Barack Obama and Raúl Castro have thanked Pope Francis for helping broker a historic deal to begin normalising relations between the United States and Cuba, after 18 months of secret talks over prisoner releases brought a sudden end to decades of cold war hostility.

          http://www.theguardian.com/world/201...ma-raul-castro
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          • #6
            Originally posted by KingsGambit View Post
            I think, at the very least, the embargo needs to go. It's been going on for 50 years and it hasn't achieved its goal of un-communizing China. All it's done is make the people there worse off than they were before.
            We don't have an embargo on China...
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            • #7
              Welcome news!
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              • #8
                Originally posted by Littlejoe View Post
                We don't have an embargo on China...
                D'oh!
                "I am not angered that the Moral Majority boys campaign against abortion. I am angry when the same men who say, "Save OUR children" bellow "Build more and bigger bombers." That's right! Blast the children in other nations into eternity, or limbless misery as they lay crippled from "OUR" bombers! This does not jell." - Leonard Ravenhill

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Littlejoe View Post
                  We don't have an embargo on China...
                  IIRC China enjoys favored nation status and in spite of improvements in some areas is no less totalitarian than Cuba.

                  I'm always still in trouble again

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by KingsGambit View Post
                    I think, at the very least, the embargo needs to go. It's been going on for 50 years and it hasn't achieved its goal of un-communizing China. All it's done is make the people there worse off than they were before.
                    Some other people have taken notice:
                    Iran has seized on Washington's historic rapprochement with Cuba after five decades of Cold War standoff as proof that big power sanctions do not work.

                    "The defence by the Cuban government and people of their revolutionary ideals over the past 50 years shows that policies of isolation and sanctions imposed by the major powers against the wishes of independent nations are ineffective," foreign ministry spokeswoman Marzieh Akfham said.
                    I suppose this falls under unintended consequences?

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                    • #11
                      Restrictions on trade with Cuba continue to be relaxed.
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