Another straw in the wind?


John McAuliff — Nov 9, 2013

President Obama is in Miami and said nice things about dissidents (filtered through Juan Tamayo’s usually hostile to Havana interpretation in the Miami Herald,), but also suggested more is coming on US policy change:
Obama told two of Cuba’s leading dissidents in South Florida that he admires their sacrifices, a rare White House recognition of the peaceful opposition on the communist-ruled island.
“The most important thing here was the recognition by the president of the United States, the most powerful democracy in the world,” dissident Guillermo Farinas said minutes after the meeting.
Obama also referred to his administration’s decision to relax travel restrictions on Cuba and said, “we’ve started to see changes on the island,” adding the U.S. needs to be “creative and thoughtful” and continue to update out Cuba policies.
If memory serves, Farinas sits on the pro-travel restrictions pro-embargo side of the dissident community although he has obviously profited from both countries’ liberalization.
The President’s comment on his travel initiative could be read as a refutation to Farinas and explain Farinas language about “the most important thing here”, which implies Obama said things he was not so happy about.
John McAuliff
Fund for Reconciliation and Development

Links and resources
Cuba: U.S. Restrictions on Travel and Remittances by Mark P. Sullivan, Specialist in Latin American Affairs An invaluable annual report published by Congressional Research Service (,)

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