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Posted April 16, 2009 by publisher in US Embargo

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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton says Cuba should take the next step in relations with the new American government.

Clinton calls President Barack Obama’s easing of travel restrictions to Cuba a “very significant” step. Now, she says the Castro government should “reciprocate.”

She said the U.S. is willing to discuss additional steps, but would first like to see Cuba release political prisoners and lift restrictions on the media.

Clinton made the comments Thursday while stopping in Haiti on the way to the Summit of the Americas, a gathering of democratic nations where Cuba is not invited.

Cuba’s communist government had no immediate reaction, but President Raul Castro has said he is willing to negotiate with Obama on neutral ground as equals and without conditions.

  1. Follow up post #1 added on April 16, 2009 by publisher with 3905 total posts

    Very interesting comments and timing.

    Obama’s people said they don’t want Cuba to be the main topic of the Summit yet Hilary makes this comment?

    Sounds like the game is on.

    How will Raul react? What will Fidel say? Are they on the same page?

    Should be an interesting few days for US Cuba relations… hopefully in a good way.

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  2. Follow up post #2 added on April 16, 2009 by paul

    Much respect to this Conservative Democrat. It goes to show that you can press for changes but still demand them to be on the same page as every other free society in the American hemisphere.

  3. Follow up post #3 added on April 16, 2009 by pipefitter with 275 total posts

    The Guardian U.K. today April 16 2009, “Obama releases Bush Torture memos”
    So can we be so proud of this “democracy”?

  4. Follow up post #4 added on April 16, 2009 by paul

    Cuban gulags have been doing worse since 1959 and still do, with the difference that the International Red Cross has had access to Gitmo since it’s inception, unlike Cuban prisons, which the IRC is banned from entering.

    The day Cuba’s military monarchy goes belly up, torture memos will pop up. Maybe they’ll have museums of the secret police like they have in Germany for the Stasi.

  5. Follow up post #5 added on April 24, 2009 by Alberto N Jones

    There goes silly Paul again.  The IRC is not allowed to inspect Cuba’s Prisons, Nightclub or Farms, by a simple sense of dignity and self respect.  Why should this or any other clearly manipulated institution be allowed to go into your bedroom and not so into those deemed powerful?

    But, dear Paul, can the IRC uncover what tens of thousands of people from Cuba living in the US, many of whom have been incarcerated for different period of time, myself included, say, prove, demonstrate categorically, that they or anyone else have been tortured in Cuba? 

    Should this impossibility not be sufficiently convincing to you and yours?

    What Cuba’s police department knows, it what all of these well paid, powerful individual should know, to use intelligence, not force, earn trust, not allienate, is this best, if not the only way to learn those things you are interested in knowing.

    The same irrefutable conclusion applies to dissappeared, which Paul pretend do not exist.  Name one country in this hemisphere except Cuba and Canada, where people have not been tortured, dissappeared and frequently turn up murdered?

  6. Follow up post #6 added on April 25, 2009 by paul

    A+ to your trainer. Typical argumentative, red herring reply.

    The IRC uncovered the ugly stuff happening in Gitmo, which is why Cuba objects to the IRC in it’s prisons. Gitmo findings are constantly used as ammo by the Mummy, but it’s only cool to use the west when it’s institutions fit your agenda.

    Feels like Alacran, I mean, Alarcon wrote to us. Thanks for glorifying us with such a fecal morsel of rational thought.

  7. Follow up post #7 added on April 25, 2009 by grant

    Clinton must do something concrete like releasing the FIVE before Cuba will allow the USA to receive the criminals jailed in Cuba. The deal is on the table, up to USA now.

  8. Follow up post #8 added on April 25, 2009 by publisher with 3905 total posts


    C’mon, that’s bullshit.

    The US is going to release convicted felons to have better relations with Cuba?

    To even say that is pretty stupid.

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  9. Follow up post #9 added on April 26, 2009 by paul

    Yes Grant, dissent is obviously unpatriotic, gotta jail those pesky dissenters right…right?  ......... ...... ...........

    The 5 spies got caught, totally different. All spies fight to protect their homeland one way or another, so yes they were defending their home country’s political interests, but they are spies and got caught. Some troll will come in and refute this, but that is to be expected. Trolls have a sensor which alerts them when unapproved commentary is posted anywhere in the world. Makes me wonder when Walter Lippmann is going to post here again…maybe he works for havanatimes.org ROFLCOPTER.

  10. Follow up post #10 added on April 26, 2009 by publisher with 3905 total posts

    Interesting you mention that Walter Lippmann has posted here. If he has, he has not used his real name.

    Does anyone know his screen name?

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  11. Follow up post #11 added on April 26, 2009 by paul

    I’m sure that he posts under different names, to make it appear like there are more people who think like him.

    I think his user name is openmindedwriter59

  12. Follow up post #12 added on April 26, 2009 by publisher with 3905 total posts

    open minded writing, just like from havanatimes.org

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