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TalCual: U.S.-Cuba Diplomatic Relations – It Was About Time!
The decision of U.S. President Barack Obama of restoring diplomatic relations with Cuba is without doubt the best news to wrap up 2014. If the lifting of the blockade goes through, Cuba (the only dictatorship in the Americas) would hopefully become a democratic country

By TalCual

The decision of U.S. President Barack Obama of restoring diplomatic relations with Cuba is without doubt the best news to wrap up 2014. This is the rectification – not yet complete – of a policy that had no positive outcome for anyone, much less for the Cuban people that have had to put up with an authoritarian government for more than five decades.

Better late than never as the saying goes. It’s been 53 years without diplomatic relations between both nations, but the embargo was previously done because it was imposed by the U.S. in October 1960, which means it took place 54 years ago.

The Cuban revolution had raised many positive expectations in Latin America and the world at first, but these were frustrated after the government led by Fidel Castro ended up becoming a tyranny through which countless human rights violations have been committed – and still are as a matter of fact.

There are some who justified – and still do – the blockade because of the dictatorial nature of the Cuban government, but the U.S. maintained diplomatic and trade relations with various authoritarian governments around the world all these years.

It also had a lot of responsibility for consolidating these authoritarian governments in various countries, particularly across Latin America. Likewise, the U.S. is responsible for many of the violations of human rights committed by those governments, because in some cases it provided torturers with training.

After welcoming the decision, Cuban President Raϊl Castro requested the lifting of the blockade and reiterated that in spite of the "difficulties" the nation is updating its economic model, which is nothing else but the return to capitalism. For many analysts, the "difficulties" have a name and face: Fidel Castro.

We hope that the Obama administration, together with the U.S. Congress, makes the decision to lift the embargo as soon as possible so trade between both countries becomes normalized. Such decision, by the way, would nullify the main excuse of the Cuban government to justify its monumental failure.

If the lifting of the blockade goes through, Cuba (the only dictatorship in the Americas) would hopefully become a democratic country. We believe that this condition will not come as soon as many of us would like to, but we should all work together to the extent of the possibilities of each one, so that democracy becomes a reality. The people of Cuba deserve it.

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