Over half a century of US hostility to Cuban independence ended yesterday when Barack Obama vowed to cancel an outdated approach that has failed to advance US interests.
Simultaneous press conferences by President Obama in
But the fruits of that new dawn had already been tasted by the families of three Cuban patriots held unjustly for 16 years in US prisons who were flown to their homeland.
Gerardo Hernandez, Antonio Guerrero and Ramon Labanino were able to enjoy the freedom previously savored by fellow
Similar joy was experienced by the family of
He has been held in hospital since his conviction and has previously expressed his bitterness at being duped by USAid and abandoned by his government.
President Castro welcomed the restoration of relations, but confirmed that profound differences remain between the two states in areas such as human rights, foreign policy and sovereignty.
But he said that countries have to learn to live with their differences “in a civilized manner.”
The amount US citizens can send to
> The article above is a shortened version of an article first published by the Morning Star newspaper, and written by John Haylett and Luke James.