Raul Castro demands return of the base at Guantanamo Bay, money before relations between U.S. and Cuba can normalize

A student holds up a photograph of Cuba’s former President Fidel Castro at the memorial of Jose Marti on Revolution Square in Havana, January 28, 2015. REUTERS/Alexandre Meneghini

Cuban President Raul Castro demanded on Wednesday that the United States return the U.S. base at Guantanamo Bay, lift the half-century trade embargo on Cuba and compensate his country for damages before the two nations re-establish normal relations.

Castro told a summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States that Cuba and the U.S. are working toward full diplomatic relations but ‘if these problems aren’t resolved, this diplomatic rapprochement wouldn’t make any sense.’

Castro and U.S. President Barack Obama announced on December 17 that they would move toward renewing full diplomatic relations by reopening embassies in each other’s countries. The two governments held negotiations in Havana last week to discuss both the reopening of embassies and the broader agenda of re-establishing normal relations…

Related, from Daniel Greenfield: New York Times: Cuban Refugees Fleeing Castro Have “Cuban Privilege:” Yes the people fleeing a murderous dictatorship with the clothes on their back are very privileged.

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  • BillyHW

    Socialists have their very own circle of hell in the afterlife.

    • DonaldDouglas

      Bingo.

  • Ron MacDonald

    Obama wants to shut down Gitmo, I bet he does it.

    • Frau Katze

      It would give him an excuse.

    • barryjr

      This will give him the means to close the prison there.

  • WalterBannon

    blah blah blah

    NUKE ‘EM

  • Dana Garcia

    When you’ve earned a rep as a soft touch, as Obama has, then moochers will push for all they can get.

    • Frau Katze

      They can sense it very well.

  • TotallyPeeved

    Gee, who didn’t see this coming?

  • Billy Bob Thornton

    Don’t forget about the countless billions lost due to the sanctions by the US for 50+ years. Communism worked with the Soviet Union as many were disenchanted by the failures of capitalism in the 30’s and why socialism, communism and other ideologies gained. That is also why you could say the fringes are coming back. Capitalism is again not doing what it should which is creating jobs and lifting people out of poverty. It seems modern day capitalism is over and it is time for a Reaganism moment meaning going back to protectionism and tariffs.

    • Billy Bob Thornton

      The Soviet Union also was able to compete and many ignore that. Even now, the US is scrambling to stay on top and why they want more and more wars.

  • Exile1981

    The sad part is Big O will bend over and take it and give him reparations and the land back.