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[–] SlothOfDoom 0 points 21 points (+21|-0) ago 

I can't believe they are dealing with such a totalitarian cesspool.! I thought Cuba would know better.

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[–] PotatoFarm 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

Ok that made me laugh, but seriously, this is a great (economic) opportunity for both countries.

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[–] SlothOfDoom 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

It really is, although the rest of the world just lost a great vacation spot :/

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[–] ThizzBoss 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Yeah you and me are really gonna reap the benefits

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[–] flat_hedgehog 0 points 8 points (+8|-0) ago 

That's excellent news. It's nice to see countries behaving like adults. Cuba will see their economy grow massively and the US get rid of an ill-justified headache.

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[–] Zappy 0 points 7 points (+7|-0) ago 

I can't wait to visit, before it's overrun by tourists like me.

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[–] knightwarrior41 1 points 3 points (+4|-1) ago 

are you going for the scenery or the prostitution?

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[–] MatFango 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Same difference

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[–] Zappy 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Haha, definitely the scenery.

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[–] rape_train 1 points -1 points (+0|-1) ago 

Not being able to fly to Cuba directly from the US has never stopped anyone in the US from visiting Cuba. You just fly to Canada or Mexico first.

And the rest of the world has been able to go to Cuba this whole time.

It's going to maybe get an initial surge of American tourists going "ooh a new thing," but after the first couple of months it'll be back to nobody really caring that much.

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[–] Forbin 1 points 2 points (+3|-1) ago 

I disagree. Cuba was a major US tourist destination before we severed relations. It is extremely close, making travel there inexpensive. Lots of Americans vacation in Jamaica, Mexico, the Bahama, Turks & Caicos, etc....once Cuba becomes a viable destination, it will likely become the most popular. Also, since it is so close, I'd wager that it'll also get a tremendous amount of folks hopping over from Miami and Key West for short weekend jaunts. The quantity of American tourists in Cuba will eclipse what they've gotten from the rest of the world. It'll be a big deal.

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[–] Zappy 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

I had a friend that did it that way. He said it was a great experience. I'm looking forward to it.

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[–] GeorgeMcFly 1 points -1 points (+0|-1) ago 

Or not. Until it happens you won't know. You won't know at all. You are basing this off some assumptions which may not just stack up with everyone else's expectation. It may simply not be true. Haha. Mind you you may be right too. Stating it as a fact is strange Not offensive or anything, but strange as strange. I guess we will all find out and be amazed or...meh, about what happens.

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[–] TheMajestic 0 points 6 points (+6|-0) ago 

Huh. Neat. I mean, I'm kinda happy that a lot of South Floridians will be able to see family for the first time in ages. But I do feel like Raul Castro is doing this strictly for money. Which is pretty different from his brother's communist ideology. It's really weird, I can't figure this sort of thing out. Should I be excited or worried? These are the same people who caused the missile crisis during World War 2. Same exact family who is ruling Cuba. But Raul seems more focused on capitalism.

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[–] x75943 0 points 14 points (+14|-0) ago 

The missile crisis occurred quite a bit after WW2

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[–] C_IsForCookie 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

I live in S Florida. My family is from Cuba. NONE of my family is happy about this because they're all against us having ties with the Castros.

That said I really would like to go. I'm one of the few people who's passport says place of birth is USA so I can go worry free (they're afraid to go back because of how they left).

Also, Castro is a communist because it makes him rich, not because he believes in communism. This, too, will make him rich.

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[–] Forbin 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago  (edited ago)

I don't understand how money would be a a big motivating factor for Raul or Fidel (as it pertains to normalizing relations with the US). Both are elderly men, and Fidel has been seriously ill for years. They're dictators already, and they've had 50 years to amass a fortune already. I know that elderly people can be greedy, but somehow I have a difficult time believing that personal greed is at the bottom of this. Is there a younger Castro waiting in the wings to take their place? I haven't heard any news reports of one of their kids being groomed to take over (like in North Korea). Once those old bastards die, I'd bet the current Cuban government will begin to rapidly "evolve" and allow a much more mixed economy like those found in Vietnam and China.

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[–] knightwarrior41 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

its neat to you because you 'll get to visit a country that is exotic and rather cheap but for the people living there it wont improve that much because the dictatorship is still in place a la china style.little economic freedom but no political freedoms whatsoever.i'm sure that they will welcome your american dollars that top pyramid of the communist party needs in order to keep the plantation going

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[–] drmss 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

I'm trying to be optimistic about this news. Maybe Raul is doing it for the money, but hopefully not all of it will flow straight into his hands; while I don't doubt plenty of influential Cubans stand to gain a lot from friendlier relations with the US, I am hopeful that at least some American tourist money will find it's way to the hands of those that deserve it.

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[–] MatFango 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Local business will flourish, this shouldn't be a problem.

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[–] refugee610 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Can't wait 'til we can start importing real Cuban cigars!

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[–] donkeyqong 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Dominicans are better reviewed. If you didn't smoke cigars before, don't get all excited to start now.

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[–] knightwarrior41 1 points 0 points (+1|-1) ago 

this wont do much for the cuban people just will give more legitimacy to the communist government but who cares about that right. fairly cheap travel,exotic country and cheap semi-legalized prostitution among other perks that canadians,germans, italians,spanish and others get to enjoy as well.

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[–] Forbin 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

Although you could be correct, our experience with China and Vietnam have been very different. Isolation has not had any real impact over the past 55 years. In fact, it has allowed the Castros to maintain a firm grip on power and only caused harm to the Cuban people. Economic engagement with both China and Vietnam helped spur major changes in those (Communist) countries. Certainly it has improved the lot of the average worker in those nations--their economies have become vibrant and this has improved the standard of living dramatically. And because the average people now have some money and access to information about how the world works, citizens of China & Vietnam have made real strides in modernizing their governments. We've tried isolating Cuba for over half a century and it hasn't gotten us a damn thing. Engaging them will most likely help the people over there dramatically, and investment from the US will most certainly influence their behavior going forward.

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[–] knightwarrior41 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

the only changes that has happened is that the communist mafia is now filthy rich thanks to the american business men.the Chinese and the Vietnamese still lack the essential freedoms that all human beings should enjoy.plus, most us factories left the country thanks to this opening and so the american people have suffered albeit not as much as the people of those countries.food and material things are very important things but so too freedom of conscience and that's something that these "reformed" communist countries don't allow china is has one child poilicy check! china persecutes religious people not pre-approved by the state check china still persecutes people for not agreeing with the government check

http://www.amnestyusa.org/our-work/countries/asia-and-the-pacific/china?gclid=CNvgwtaPusYCFYEvgQodW7sNsw http://www.amnestyusa.org/our-work/countries/americas/cuba http://www.amnestyusa.org/our-work/countries/asia-and-the-pacific/viet-nam

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[–] newoldwave 1 points -1 points (+0|-1) ago 

It won't be long before we're overrun with Cuban illegal immigrants if Obama has his way.

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[–] mehredditsbetter 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Any Cuban that makes it to US soil already gets legal permanent resident status.

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[–] newoldwave 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

That's only a handful now.

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[–] 543251? 1 points -1 points (+0|-1) ago 

All because the White House sent JayZ and Beyonce'. ha ha (I'm sure it is what they believe.)