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Richard Gott: The US is trying to clear the decks of its old quarrel with Cuba. It will not be easy | Comment is free | guardian.co.uk

The efforts being made this week in the US Congress to lift the ban on American citizens visiting Cuba is a welcome straw in the wind that suggests a new approach to Cuba, and perhaps to Latin America. Congress appears to be slightly in advance of President Obama, who has so far been less radical, merely erasing some of the restrictions introduced by the Bush administration. For a more definitive vision of the new US policy we shall have to wait until 17 April, when Obama will meet most of the Latin American presidents in Trinidad.

The congressional initiative may take some time to work through the system, but it is a clear sign that US opinion is shifting. The passage of time and a generation shift means that the old anti-Cuban lobby, based in Florida, has lost its power and influence. After nearly 50 frozen years, the ice is beginning to melt.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Apr 2nd, 2009 at 03:37:37 PM EST
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