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Obama will use spring summit to bring Cuba in from the cold (Is Hussein the anti-JFK?)
Guardian.uk ^ | 3/08/09 | Rory Carroll

Posted on 03/07/2009 7:48:46 PM PST by Libloather

Obama will use spring summit to bring Cuba in from the cold
US companies are queuing up as the president moves to ease restrictions on travel and trade, raising hopes of warmer relations and an end to the embargo
Rory Carroll, Latin America correspondent
The Observer, Sunday 8 March 2009

President Barack Obama is poised to offer an olive branch to Cuba in an effort to repair the US's tattered reputation in Latin America.

The White House has moved to ease some travel and trade restrictions as a cautious first step towards better ties with Havana, raising hopes of an eventual lifting of the four-decade-old economic embargo. Several Bush-era controls are expected to be relaxed in the run-up to next month's Summit of the Americas in Trinidad and Tobago to gild the president's regional debut and signal a new era of "Yankee" cooperation.

The administration has moved to ease draconian travel controls and lift limits on cash remittances that Cuban-Americans can send to the island, a lifeline for hundreds of thousands of families.

"The effect on ordinary Cubans will be fairly significant. It will improve things and be very welcome," said a western diplomat in Havana. The changes would reverse hardline Bush policies but not fundamentally alter relations between the superpower and the island, he added.

**SNIP**

Cuban exiles in Florida, a crucial voting bloc in a swing state, sustained a hardline US policy towards Havana even as the cold war ended and the US traded with other undemocratic nations with much worse human rights records.

To Washington's chagrin, the economic stranglehold did not topple Fidel Castro. When Soviet Union subsidies evaporated, the "maximum leader" implemented savage austerity, opened the island to tourism and found a new sponsor in Venezuela's petrol-rich president, Hugo Chávez.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: bho44; bhocuba; castro; cuba; deathwatch; hussein; jfk; obama
Jimmy Carter times 100? Heaven help us all...
1 posted on 03/07/2009 7:48:46 PM PST by Libloather
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To: Libloather
Obama will use spring summit to bring Cuba in from the coldUS companies are queuing up as the president moves to ease restrictions on travel and trade...

Wait just a rock pickin' minute. Castro restricts his own citizens from travelling outside his little slice of paradise doesn't he?

2 posted on 03/07/2009 7:50:29 PM PST by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all. -- Texas Eagle)
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To: Libloather
US companies are queuing up....

You could see that on the Cruise I was on everyone said the line was ready to add Cuba to its Caribbean Cruise.

3 posted on 03/07/2009 7:54:40 PM PST by BellStar (Buy Gold/lead and head for the hills please God give us another chance!)
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To: Libloather
obama sucks  liar fraud change hope Pictures, Images and Photos
4 posted on 03/07/2009 8:01:33 PM PST by AmericanSphinx71 (Pray for America)
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To: Libloather

The Obamoron is quickly turning into a foreign policy disaster. He stiffs Gordon Brown, PM of a long trusted ally, Britain, but woos the people who are invested in murdering Americans (Taliban and Muslims), and trashes 50 years of American foreign policy in Cuba.

4 years of the WH Amateur Hour is 3.5 years too long!!


5 posted on 03/07/2009 8:02:19 PM PST by DustyMoment (FloriDUH - proud inventors of pregnant/hanging chads and judicide!!)
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To: Libloather

The Obamoron is quickly turning into a foreign policy disaster. He stiffs Gordon Brown, PM of a long trusted ally, Britain, but woos the people who are invested in murdering Americans (Taliban and Muslims), and trashes 50 years of American foreign policy in Cuba.

4 years of the WH Amateur Hour is 3.5 years too long!!


6 posted on 03/07/2009 8:02:46 PM PST by DustyMoment (FloriDUH - proud inventors of pregnant/hanging chads and judicide!!)
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To: Texas Eagle
Wait just a rock pickin' minute. Castro restricts his own citizens from travelling outside his little slice of paradise doesn't he?

It makes no difference, Teddy and Castro are in a foot race so to speak, are maybe that is to speak with someone with a red fork!!!!!

7 posted on 03/07/2009 8:03:21 PM PST by org.whodat (Auto unions bad: Machinists union good=Hypocrisy)
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To: Libloather

The President of the USSA is just reaching out to his soulmates.


8 posted on 03/07/2009 8:03:46 PM PST by Rome2000 (Peace is not an option)
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To: AmericanSphinx71

Can you believe these fool honkies?

9 posted on 03/07/2009 8:08:06 PM PST by Rome2000 (Peace is not an option)
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To: Libloather

Yeah, let’s bring Cuba into the fold. Except Obama’s idea of the fold, is their fold. Stiffs the UK and slobbers over a murderous Cuba. By the way, he stiffed Canada too. Spent 4 hours here and on his way home had the racist gall to invite our black Governor General to Washington, but NOT our Prime Minister. This guy is toxic.


10 posted on 03/07/2009 8:20:15 PM PST by CanaGuy (Go Harper!)
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To: Libloather

later...


11 posted on 03/07/2009 8:24:52 PM PST by harpu ( "...it's better to be hated for who you are than loved for someone you're not!")
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To: CanaGuy
had the racist gall to invite our black Governor General to Washington, but NOT our Prime Minister

Now that's an interesting tidbit that somehow escaped the MSM's attention. Do you have any links to further information?

12 posted on 03/07/2009 8:33:25 PM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: Libloather

This should open up Havana along with Damascus and Tehran as new summer holiday destinaions


13 posted on 03/07/2009 8:55:41 PM PST by FlyingEagle
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To: FlyingEagle

no Caracas?


14 posted on 03/07/2009 9:30:27 PM PST by JohnLongIsland
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To: Libloather

I wonder how all the hispanics who voted for Obama feel now?


15 posted on 03/08/2009 8:05:34 AM PDT by Erik Latranyi (Too many conservatives urge retreat when the war of politics doesn't go their way.)
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To: hinckley buzzard
"Governor General Michaëlle Jean discussed the plight of her native Haiti with U.S. President Barack Obama, who invited her to come to Washington – an invitation that was not extended to Prime Minister Stephen Harper"

http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/article/591020

For the hell of it I did a google search with keywords Obama and snub
and got over a million hits.

16 posted on 03/08/2009 8:27:33 AM PDT by kanawa (Trust in God and hunker down, we're in for a ride on the Crazy Train)
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To: kanawa

Bill Ayers worked with Cuba says FBI report

http://www.canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/5860


17 posted on 03/08/2009 10:37:17 AM PDT by sheikdetailfeather (Rush Limbaugh Has An Army)
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To: sheikdetailfeather

Most of the Weather Underground have close ties to Cuba, some of them still reside in Cuba because they can’t be extradited. We need to ask Obama if restoring relations with Cuba would include extradition of Weather Underground members.


18 posted on 03/08/2009 10:46:01 AM PDT by Eva (CHANGE- the post modern euphemism for Marxist revolution.)
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To: Eva

That would make a fantastic question for Rush and Hannity to pose on their radio shows!


19 posted on 03/08/2009 11:01:25 AM PDT by sheikdetailfeather (Rush Limbaugh Has An Army)
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To: Libloather

Lets hope Obama decides to make the announcement in a speech before a gathering in Miami....that should go over real well!!!


20 posted on 03/08/2009 11:59:57 AM PDT by Nekman (Impeach Obama/Biden/Pelosi/Reid/Frank/Dodd......oh,heck....lets just have a coup!)
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To: sheikdetailfeather
Here's a link to a list of US fugitives in Cuba. Extradition of all fugitives must be part of any restoration of relations with Cuba.


21 posted on 03/08/2009 12:41:29 PM PDT by Eva (CHANGE- the post modern euphemism for Marxist revolution.)
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To: Libloather

What a dangerous Commie fool Obama is.

He is guaranteeing that Florida will vote GOP in 2010 and 2012 .

The people of Havana, and elsewhere in Florida have not forgotten their families back in Cuba. They have not forgotten Elian Gonzales, either. Eric Holder, perpetuator of that miscarriage of justice, sits at the right hand of the Grand PooBama .

The Grand PooBama, the great defender of Human Rights, but when it suits his commie agenda.


22 posted on 03/08/2009 6:03:23 PM PDT by Cincinna (TIME TO REBUILD * PALIN * JINDAL * CANTOR 2012)
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To: Eva

“extradition of Weather Underground members.”

You’re kidding, right?

It will probably include AMNESTY for convicted cop killer Joanne Chesimard, and the rest of Obama and Bill Ayers’ BFFs residing in the Commie paradise.


23 posted on 03/08/2009 6:07:07 PM PDT by Cincinna (TIME TO REBUILD * PALIN * JINDAL * CANTOR 2012)
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To: Cincinna

I was being facetious, not exactly kidding.


24 posted on 03/08/2009 9:24:50 PM PDT by Eva (CHANGE- the post modern euphemism for Marxist revolution.)
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To: Libloather

Awesome. This is the best thing for Cuba and US.

Trade will liberate Cuba and piss off a minority voting bloc in South Florida.


25 posted on 03/09/2009 1:16:07 PM PDT by BGHater (Tyranny is always better organised than freedom)
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To: Libloather

FYI

The new Anheuser-Busch InBev has a 45% share of the Cuban market.


26 posted on 03/10/2009 4:18:18 PM PDT by pompelmous (Unintended consequences)
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