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The Guardian (UK): Barack Obama has eased America’s long-standing embargo on Cuba, allowing many Americans to travel there for the first time and increasing the amounts that they can invest in the island.

Other changes announced by the president will allow all US international airports to accept flights to and from Cuba; at present, chartered flights are restricted to Miami and a handful of other airports. The moves represent an important step to rapprochement between the US and Cuba.

….The changes reverse stricter measures imposed by George Bush, who courted the anti-Castro Cuban-Amerian vote in Florida in 2000 and again in 2004, and come on top of those Obama made in 2009 that helped reunite divided Cuban families, improved communication between the countries and helped humanitarian aid to the island.

Full article here


3 Responses to “progress”


  1. 1 graciouslady
    January 15, 2011 at 11:02 am

    This is major!! The isolation of Cuba has lasted way too long. True to President Obama’s peaceful nature (division is not who is), this is the beginning of uniting two countries and families and hopefully soften some of the hatred Castro has for the United States and our past leaders. We live too close for such mistrust. Of course, this will “tick off” Venezuela big time.
    Well, the Grand Old Party can’t add a NO to this one to stop him.

  2. 2 majii
    January 15, 2011 at 11:02 am

    It’s about time! I remember when the embargo was first imposed in the 1960s after the Bay of Pigs, so it’s way past time that we began reaching out to Cuba. President Obama always says that we don’t have to agree with others on everything, but that shouldn’t keep us from reaching out to them to seek common ground. He understands that America’s Isolationist Period was over long ago. I love how our president knows our history and uses it to avoid making the same mistakes that were made in the past.

  3. 3 A.L.Zymers
    January 15, 2011 at 7:55 pm

    This is terrific news, and accrues to our benefit as well as Cuba’s. I remember the self-destructive and hostile rebuff the Bush Administration paid to Cuba during the Katrina crisis when they offered their abundance of trained medical professionals to come and help America. I can still picture this group of young, accomplished professionals sitting with their gear at the airport. Now, when everyone is decrying the lack of doctors and nurses available to us because of expanded Health Care, I hope we can eventually provide exchanges of skilled professionals and education that will bring money to Cuba and quality medical care to our citizens.


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