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PLAYING NICE WITH CUBA
PLAYING NICE WITH CUBA
The State Department has recommended that after 50 years of economic and diplomatic sanctions it is time to normalize relations with Cuba. In late 2014 President Obama made some changes to ease the long-standing embargo, but the embargo remains largely intact. The U.S. and Cuba held their highest level meeting in over 50 years in April 2015. Secretary of State John Kerry met Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez in Panama City and Kerry said the meeting went well. The State Department now recommends that the U.S. removes Cuba from the list of countries who sponsor terrorism and President Obama calls for lifting the economic embargo, a move only Congress can approve. Many Republicans are opposed to lifting sanctions because of the lack of civil rights and harsh treatment of dissenters by the Communist Cuban government.
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