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Is Obama really helping Cuban dissidents? | World War 4 Report

27.3.16

Is Obama really helping Cuban dissidents? | World War 4 Report:

But Obama is certainly an equivocal figure to press Cuba on greater
democracy. In his public appearance with President Raúl Castro, Obama
famously put his Cuban counterpart on the spot over political prisoners.
(The Hill,
March 21) There is an obvious irony to this when one of the outstanding
issues between the US and Havana is the Guantánamo naval base—where the
Pentagon continues to run its notorious detainment camp. The
US Treasury still sends Havana a check every year for $4,080 for use of
the base—a payment unchanged over the history of the lease that began in
1903 (when the island was under US military occupation) and made
open-ended in 1934. Since the 1959 revolution, the Cuban government has
refused to cash the checks, viewing the lease as illegitimate. (NPR, March 21; NPR, Feb. 25)



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