1. anon8126715's Avatar
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    The wait for Cuban beaches and cigars remains - CNN.com

    The U.S. is on its way to "normalizing" relations with Cuba. What I think is funny is how many anti-Obama pundits are screaming that this isn't a good idea, but the embargo itself didn't really do much. I do hope that Cuban leadership will try to practice better human rights conditions and we can start seeing a better U.S./Cuban relationship. I wonder if Cuban-Americans will show as much stubbornness as some GOPers are with this decision from the White House.
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    12-17-2014 07:26 PM
  2. A895's Avatar
    Lmao

    The wait for Cuban beaches and cigars remains - CNN.com

    The U.S. is on its way to "normalizing" relations with Cuba. What I think is funny is how many anti-Obama pundits are screaming that this isn't a good idea, but the embargo itself didn't really do much. I do hope that Cuban leadership will try to practice better human rights conditions and we can start seeing a better U.S./Cuban relationship. I wonder if Cuban-Americans will show as much stubbornness as some GOPers are with this decision from the White House.
    I look forward to seeing a better relationship with Cuba. Wounds take time and we have had years to let it heal. Time to work together, maybe U.S. territorial status maybe to get their country right?
    12-17-2014 07:39 PM
  3. Scott7217's Avatar
    I wonder if Cuban-Americans will show as much stubbornness as some GOPers are with this decision from the White House.
    It depends on which Cuban-Americans you're looking at. Cuban-Americans who were originally born in Cuba generally hate Fidel Castro because his administration took their property and killed their friends and family.

    Cuban-Americans born in the United States aren't as extreme because they never experienced life under Castro's rule.

    In any case, it'll be interesting if Cuba reverts back to being the tropical playground for the rich.
    12-17-2014 11:07 PM
  4. palandri's Avatar
    The Cuban revolution was a civil war between the haves and the have nots. There will be others in exploited countries. There are still countries where people work 10 to 12 hours a day for two dollars.
    12-17-2014 11:52 PM
  5. Scott7217's Avatar
    I do hope that Cuban leadership will try to practice better human rights conditions and we can start seeing a better U.S./Cuban relationship.
    Given that the Pope is involved, we may see improvements in human rights in Cuba.

    US-Cuba Deal: A Marriage 18 Months in the Making, Blessed by Pope Francis (The Guardian, December 17, 2014)

    Excerpts:

    Cuba's role in framing Latin America's relationship with the US also helps explain why Pope Francis - the first Latin American pope - played such an important part in bringing the two sides together. Both the US and Cuban governments went out of their way to detail his extensive role behind the scenes.

    Contact between the two sides gained vital extra momentum from letters the pope sent to Obama and Castro last summer. The Vatican said the letters called on the two countries "to resolve humanitarian questions of common interest, including the situation of certain prisoners, in order to initiate a new phase in relations".
    12-18-2014 01:59 PM
  6. anon8126715's Avatar
    If this proves to be beneficial for Cuba then I can see them trying to improve their human rights. But, also consider some of the countries that we call our allies; Saudi Arabia, which doesn't have the best track record when it comes to women's rights, China, which has a plethora of violations against its citizens. And finally then there's our human rights' record. We have the largest percentage of our citizens incarcerated. I'm all for giving countries the benefit of the doubt and hoping that they can do right by their citizens without malice against other countries.
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    12-21-2014 03:35 PM
  7. Scott7217's Avatar
    The Cuban revolution was a civil war between the haves and the have nots. There will be others in exploited countries. There are still countries where people work 10 to 12 hours a day for two dollars.
    This is why there are great opportunities for US businesses in Cuba.

    Americans love tropical destinations. They love to drink rum and smoke cigars. They love baseball. Guess what? Cuba has all that. Oh, don't forget the Cuban food! Americans love to eat. Cuba should open an all-you-can-eat buffet restaurant (if they haven't already), complete with a Broadway-style show and casino gambling.

    I can see Ford, GM, and Chrysler opening automobile factories in Cuba. The Cubans need jobs, and US businesses like cheap labor. Plus, if the Cuban government covers health care, that just leaves more money for US businesses to take home.

    Fun fact: We've been sending rent checks to Cuba for leasing Guantanamo Bay, but the Cuban government doesn't deposit them. Maybe they'll start taking the money once we lift the embargo.
    12-24-2014 01:22 AM
  8. Scott7217's Avatar
    I'm all for giving countries the benefit of the doubt and hoping that they can do right by their citizens without malice against other countries.
    I think improving human rights in Cuba will encourage dissent against the Castro regime. Castro opponents won't do anything against other countries, but they might round up Fidel and Raul Castro and execute them for putting Cuba under an oppressive dictatorship.

    In any case, we are seeing more refugees leaving Cuba these days.

    Voice of America -- US Coast Guard Reports Surge of Cuban Immigrants (article link)

    Excerpt:

    The U.S. Coast Guard says the the number of Cubans picked up at sea trying to reach the United States has surged since President Barack Obama announced plans to restore diplomatic relations with Havana.

    Coast Guard officials say vessels picked up 121 Cuban migrants at sea last week and returned them to the island.
    01-07-2015 01:42 PM
  9. anon8126715's Avatar
    I think improving human rights in Cuba will encourage dissent against the Castro regime. Castro opponents won't do anything against other countries, but they might round up Fidel and Raul Castro and execute them for putting Cuba under an oppressive dictatorship.

    In any case, we are seeing more refugees leaving Cuba these days.

    Voice of America -- US Coast Guard Reports Surge of Cuban Immigrants (article link)

    Excerpt:

    The U.S. Coast Guard says the the number of Cubans picked up at sea trying to reach the United States has surged since President Barack Obama announced plans to restore diplomatic relations with Havana.

    Coast Guard officials say vessels picked up 121 Cuban migrants at sea last week and returned them to the island.
    I'm shocked the right wing hasn't deemed Obama's policy on Cuba is bringing in more terrorists.
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    01-07-2015 06:52 PM
  10. palandri's Avatar
    I'm shocked the right wing hasn't deemed Obama's policy on Cuba is bringing in more terrorists.
    Why isn't Obama in Florida boarding boat and stopping this?
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    01-07-2015 07:08 PM
  11. anon8126715's Avatar
    Why isn't Obama in Florida boarding boat and stopping this?
    Cause he's busy terrorizing France right now.....
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    01-07-2015 07:39 PM
  12. Scott7217's Avatar
    I'm shocked the right wing hasn't deemed Obama's policy on Cuba is bringing in more terrorists.
    When US ground forces capture terrorists, they send them to Cuba.

    When the US Coast Guard intercepts refugees, they send them to Cuba.

    Since the right wing and the Obama administration are on the same page, there is no issue.
    01-07-2015 09:46 PM

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