21 Mar

Barack Obama’s speech in Cuba

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Barack Obama’s speech in Cuba

The McGlynn: President Obama speech involved through persuasion for the two countries to work to put the bitterness of their Cold War-era enmity behind them.

A dramatic change from the failed policy of subterfuge that did more to tighten than undermine the Castros’ grasp on power

The President wisely did not attempt to dictate exactly how Cuba ought to change, or how quickly. The President recognized that the key to greater freedoms and more prosperity in Cuba lies in building bridges between the Cubans who stayed and the millions who fled.

The holes the White House has punched into the web of sanctions will enable commerce and social interaction  between the two countries.

Yet many American lawmakers are opposed to lifting the embargo. As change on the island continues to gain momentum, they will be faced, for them, with a painful reality:

A new, exciting chapter of Cuba and our history is being written, and they will become increasingly invisible, irrelevant figures

‘For more than half a century the sight of a U.S. president here in Havana would have been unimaginable. But this is a new day between our 2 countries’

‘Change is going to happen,’ Obama says during visit to Cuba

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The Last Thaw: U.S.-Cuban
Relations in Pictures

President Obama is the first sitting American president to visit Cuba in two generations, heralding the end of decades of enmity between the United States and Cuba.

  1. This photo, from June 1957, is believed to be the only existing image of Fidel Castro made at a secret jungle base. CreditUnited Press International


    A Young Revolutionary

    In January 1959, Fidel Castro, a fiery revolutionary, emerged from the jungle and entered Havana to triumphantly declare the overthrow of Fulgencio Batista, a dictator and American ally.

    Soon, the young guerrilla would remove any doubt as to his ideology, declaring the revolution socialist and the country communist, and in the process altering the relationship between Cuba and the United States for the next 55 years.

    Mr. Castro quickly became a thorn in Washington’s side, and American leaders repeatedly sought ways to weaken his hold and oust him from power, including an economic embargo, assassination attempts and a failed invasion at the Bay of Pigs.

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