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Cuban Expert Talks About US Relations and Challenges Ahead

Iroel Sánchez Espinosa teleSUR
Arnold August urges all to make public the views of those Cuban revolutionary writers and intellectuals who are leading the resistance to the U.S.-led cultural war. First published in Al Mayadeen, May 29, 2017, and translated from the original Spanish.

Ending the U.S. Embargo on Cuba at the Grassroots

Peter Miller and Rita Barouch NACLA
With Cuba policy under the Trump administration still uncertain, Cuba solidarity activists seek to turn the tide against the embargo at the local and state level.

UN Rejects Cuban Blockade; After 25 Years US Abstains

TeleSUR/hg-mk TeleSur
In a historic step toward lifting the blockade on Cuba, the United States abstained in the United Nations General Assembly vote calling for the end of the Cold War practice. On Wednesday, 191 of the 193 member states in the Assembly voted for the resolution. Only the United States and Israel abstained. The U.S. abstention is significant, but only the U.S. Congress, where Republicans have rebuffed normalized relations with Cuba, has the power to lift the blockade.

 What Do Cubans Think of Normalization With the United States?

 Sujatha Fernandes The Nation
Cubans are now divided on whether they think normalization is a good thing for Cuba. A younger generation desiring greater economic opportunities, as well as entrepreneurs, small-business owners, artists, and others well-placed to reap the benefits, have welcomed the changes. But many of the older Cubans I spoke with—particularly those who work in the state sector of the economy - now seemed to believe more firmly that normalization will have a negative impact.
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