Cubans ex-pats and nationals begin to reconcile after Obama-Castro handshake
Beyond this week's handshake between the presidents of the United States and Cuba, a slow thaw in bilateral ties has helped foster reconciliation among Cubans on both sides of the Florida Straits.
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#1 Dec 15, 2013
A MUST READ!
The Washingotn Post called attention recently called attention to the work of Antonio Rodiles, a democracy activist who announced his intention to hold a human rights conference in Havana on Tuesday. In a letter to Castro, he described a litany of harassment and abuse directed at him by Cuba’s security forces and thugs under their control, who threatened retaliation if the conference went ahead. Sure enough, the authorities followed through on their threats. The home of Rodiles was cordoned off, and most of those who came to participate in the conference were barred from entering. Then Rodiles and several colleagues were arrested Wednesday.
According to a Reuters dispatch, about 20 members of the dissident group Ladies in White “were pounced upon and quickly shoved into waiting vehicles by security personnel and government supporters” when they arrived Tuesday at a busy Havana intersection. The Miami Herald reported that the group’s leader, Berta Soler, and her husband, former political prisoner Angel Moya,“were hauled off by plainclothes police as they headed” to the planned protest. Security officials also blocked the telephones of several dissidents in an apparent effort to silence news of other arrests. The popular blogger Yoani Sanchez tweeted Tuesday morning,“Like in a bad horror movie, I am losing communication with … activists.”
Elsewhere on the island, there were reports that independent journalists, filmmakers and writers were arrested. The Herald reported that police left 16 dissidents bleeding and that six others were arrested when they raided the home of Roger Curbelo, a member of the opposition Christian Liberation Movement in the town of Puerto Padre. The movement was once led by Oswaldo Paya, the dissident who was killed last year in a suspicious car wreck.
While Obama was shaking hands with Castro,--------- courageous people attempting to uphold Mandela’s ideals were suffering beatings and arrests.
The (postalita) president ought to follow his handshake with a loud and unambiguous salute to the real champions of human rights —---------hose fighting for it on the streets of Cuba.
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#2 Dec 15, 2013
While Obama was shaking hands with DICTATOR Castro,---------
courageous people attempting to uphold Mandela’s ideals were suffering beatings and arrests.
The (postalita) president ought to follow his handshake with a loud and unambiguous salute to the real champions of human rights —-------
--those fighting for it on the streets of Cuba.
#3 Dec 15, 2013
A quote from the Article,(for those that didn't take the time to read it), and started mouthing off anyway!
Beyond this week’s handshake between the presidents of the United States and Cuba, a slow thaw in bilateral ties has helped foster reconciliation among Cubans on both sides of the Florida Straits.
The rare encounter between Barack Obama and Raul Castro during a memorial in South Africa for anti-apartheid hero Nelson Mandela came as the two countries work towards revamping their longstanding frosty relationship, a US diplomat in Havana told AFP.
“It’s all about avoiding unnecessary confrontations,” the diplomat added on condition of anonymity, emphasizing that exchanges between the two countries have increased over the past several months.
The improved relations have had a tangible impact both for the 1.5 million people of Cuban descent who live in the United States and for the 11 million people living on the Caribbean island.
For one thing, the Obama administration’s relaxed rules about US travel to the Americas’ only Communist country have helped half a million Cuban Americans visit this year.
Remittances sent home by the Cuban diaspora — 80 percent of whom live in the United States — have also reached record levels: some $2.5 billion a year, the second biggest source of foreign currency on the island.
And, with the ideological animosity of the 1960s and 1970s fading, the process of national reconciliation has expanded beyond family ties.
In January, Cuban authorities began allowing citizens to travel abroad without an exit visa, as had been required for 50 years.
That has allowed artists, athletes and students to travel more often, and let those branded “traitors” or “deserters” by the regime of long-time leader Fidel Castro return to Cuba. END OF QUOTE.
The responses above are very, very, tainted with Anti-Cuban, Miami-Batista-type rhetoric, reminiscent of an earlier time.
Get with the reality of the current setting, posters'!
#4 Dec 16, 2013
Obama should not bend over, and lick the dictator's wand!
Human rights are constantly violated in Cuba.
Are we to ignore this? Are we to ignore that the castros orchestrated Kennedy's assasination?
Obama has no scruples nor does casual observer a CG!!!!!!
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