Friday, November 11, 2016

Trump and Cuba

Trump and Cuba
DDC | Madrid | 11 de Noviembre de 2016 - 09:39 CET.

Donald Trump's election victory has shocked the whole world and millions
of American citizens, who now await, unsure of the future given the
unpredictability of the next president of the most powerful nation on earth.

With regards to Cuba, Trump's latest statements suggest a reversal of
the rapprochement with Havana achieved through the executive orders
issued by President Barack Obama.

It has been the Cuban government' fear of losing power that has
dissuaded it from reciprocating with moves towards greater openness,
thereby greatly limiting the impact of the outgoing Democratic
president's initiatives.

As for Trump, whether he decides to tear up everything Obama has done,
or opt, as he also has suggested, for "a good deal" with a regime that
has already called on the population for a five-day war drill, it would
be desirable for him not to forget the US's overall commitment to the
causes of freedom and human rights, or to violate these principles in
any economic or political agreement with a regime that, again and again,
has demonstrated that it cares about nothing but its own survival.

At the same time Trump must avoid falling into a facile and fierce
ideological battle, instead seeking out smart, multilateral channels to
foment the democratization of Cuban society and prevent an authoritarian
succession on the island.

Source: Trump and Cuba | Diario de Cuba -

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