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Posted May 03, 2012 by publisher in Cuban American Politics

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Rob Sequin | Havana Journal

I am fortunate to know several people who attended the National Encounter of Cubans Residing in the United States that was recently held at the Cuban Interests Section in Washington DC.

I have had a conversation with a few attendees and learned that overall it was a positive event although some have commented that there was a bit more propaganda than one would have liked to see.

Hugo Cancio, a Miami music promoter who owns Fuego Entertainment commented in the Miami Herald article that the presenters made it clear that Cuba is “on the irreversible path to normalize relations with the émigrés”.

Apparently the word emigres is now the preferred word over the word exiles since it is more inclusive and less political.

Álvaro F. Fernández from Progresso Weekly writes about his experience at the event: Part of the morning program included an hour-long conversation, through modern technology, with a number of high-level government functionaries on the island. It was a moment for the Cuban émigrés to learn about the new developments in the delicate and difficult relationship between the U.S. and Cuba.

It was also an opportunity for me, a Cuban living in the U.S., to seek clarifications, submit requests and debate differences with government officials from my country of origin.

The day’s focus – rightly so – was on the United States’ 50-year-long embargo against Cuba and everything it implies. A war waged by the U.S. against Cuba that at this time satisfies only a small but powerful group concentrated in South Florida.

Jesús Arboleya Cervera continues with dialog with his article Cuban-Americans’ contributions to Cuba’s future commenting on the three types of political forces there are in the Cuban American community:

1. The far right, which conditions any type of contribution to a change in the Cuban “regime”

2. The so-called moderates, who conceive these contributions as a way to promote “a gradual and peaceful transition” toward capitalism

3. Those who favor the reestablishment of ties without any conditions, who are considered to be leftist, though their ideological positions are very varied.

——————————Havana Journal Comments——————————

Dialog is good. Differences between neighbors cannot be resolved with fences.

The US should lift the Embargo and the Cuban government should allow for freedom of travel, freedom of the press and free elections.

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