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US Raises Flag in Cuba After 54 Years, but 'Signs of Mistrust Linger'


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US Raises Flag in Cuba After 54 Years, but 'Signs of Mistrust Linger'

Deirdre Fulton, staff writer

After more than five decades, the U.S. embassy in Cuba formally re-opened with a flag-raising ceremony on Friday, marking another historic step in the normalization of relations between the two countries.

"For more than half a century, U.S.-Cuba relations have been suspended in the amber of cold war politics," Secretary of State John Kerry said in a speech at the seaside facility. "It’s time to unfurl our flags and let the world know we wish each other well."


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And while Kerry stated that the U.S. remains "convinced that the
people of Cuba would be best served by a genuine democracy," that view
is not necessarily shared by the Cuban people.
"Perhaps some dreamers and others who are superficial think that this
will be the end of socialism," former Cuban diplomat Eladio Aguiar told TeleSUR. "No sir."

It seems that some people believe that socialism is incompatible with democracy. Sir Clement Atlee's Labour government in the UK (1945-1950) proved the opposite.


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The problem is that most Americans have been brainwashed into believing that democracy is compatible with capitalism...while the opposite is true.


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Right you are, ahimsa72.

The US media has too many USans believing that a political/economic system that obviously favors the wealthy and is rigged in their favor (US) is "democracy" while a political/economic system that favors the masses (Cuba) is a "totalitarian dictatorship", even though the Cuban people do have the vote.

It is true that Cuban democracy insists that their politicians support socialism, just as US fascism insists that their politicians support capitalism.

Bernie Sanders does not really advocate socialism, he advocates taming capitalism with elements of socialism, just as FDR did.

The Castros have recently permitted elements of capitalism, hoping to stimulate economic growth, which may or may not be a good idea. If the Cubans are being advised by China, this move has a better chance of being beneficial.

Kerry's statement that "...Cuba would be best served by a genuine democracy" makes him look like an ignorant, arrogant doofus and hypocritical blowhard.
That he thinks that statement would be taken seriously by anyone smarter than a moron amazes me. His pomposity is disgusting, and should disqualify him for the office he holds.


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It will be proof one way or the other when the cuban people choose which way to go when the Castro brothers have passed on.


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Culture is important to keep.


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The question that no one is asking, is if Cuba had not had the revolution would it look more like Florida today or more like Haiti today. When the revolution happened, was there any indication that the privatization of ownership would include any property for ordinary Cubans?


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And here is me thinking that they had given up that most excellent system of rule back in 1776!


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Cuba have great education.


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