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Castro's new demands may be more Cuban politics than diplomacy
Castro's new demands may be more Cuban politics than diplomacy

Cuban President Raul Castro appeared to toss a wrench into normalization talks with his surprise announcement Wednesday that the U.S. government must first give up the military base at Guantanamo Bay, rescind the congressionally mandated trade embargo and compensate Cuba for damages. Good luck with that. It’s unclear how firmly Castro will hold to those demands, which he made during a summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States in Costa Rica. The U.S. State Department had no immediate response, but the best way to look at Castro’s proclamation is through a domestic lens. The Castro regime is walking a line between wanting better economic ties with the...

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