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Moving to Scuttle Obama Legacy, Donald Trump to Crack Down on Cuba

Moving to Scuttle Obama Legacy, Donald Trump to Crack Down on Cuba | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The president is expected to declare that the two-year-old Obama-era approach of engagement amounted to a failed policy of appeasement.
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How will this help anyone? I know there is an old guard of Cuban exiles and their children here in the US, especially in Miami, but seriously, do most Cuban Americans really want this or do they want a return to a warmer relationship between their mother country and the US? For my part, this is just pandering to old anger. My guess, if the Cuban government offered to allow a Trump Hotel, the song would change immediately. Personally, I think it amazing how we Americans try to ignore the realities of history like our sponsoring an invasion of Cuba or our support of a Mafia-linked regime. On the other hand, I do know that when Castro took power, there was a wonderful rich Cuban culture that he tried to destroy and many wonderful families whose lives he disrupted. But, should that antagonism continue today?  
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US sent Latin youth undercover in anti-Cuba ploy

US sent Latin youth undercover in anti-Cuba ploy | Upsetment | Scoop.it

WASHINGTON (AP) — An Obama administration program secretly dispatched young Latin Americans to Cuba using the cover of health and civic programs to provoke political change, a clandestine operation that put those foreigners in danger even after a U.S. contractor was hauled away to a Cuban jail.
Beginning as early as October 2009, a project overseen by the U.S. Agency for International Development sent Venezuelan, Costa Rican and Peruvian young people to Cuba in hopes of ginning up rebellion. The travelers worked undercover, often posing as tourists, and traveled around the island scouting for people they could turn into political activists.
In one case, the workers formed an HIV-prevention workshop that memos called "the perfect excuse" for the program's political goals — a gambit that could undermine America's efforts to improve health globally.


Hector Baranda, who was a college student in Cuba when he was befriended by a group of traveling Venezuelans, said he was surprised to hear from the AP they were working for the U.S. government and had profiled him.
"How would you feel if you offered your sincere friendship and received this kind of news?" Baranda asked.

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This is wrong and stupid on so many levels as to only have been hatched in the lowest bowels of the American espionage community. As an American I am embarrassed by this level of stupidity and especially disgusted by the disrespect of real humanitarian efforts, which will obviously now be seen as potential political operations. That young and unsophisticated people from other countries were hired for the job makes it even less acceptable. That is called preying on poverty and on youth.  

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Stranded Cuban migrants to be allowed passage to the US - BBC News

Stranded Cuban migrants to be allowed passage to the US - BBC News | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Central American nations will allow some 7,000 Cuban migrants stranded in the region to continue towards the US.
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It is time for the US to stop giving Cubans special treatment. Given the refugee problem in the world, it hardly seems that Cubans, whatever their feelings about communism vs capitalism, are the most in need of our support and help.
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