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Raul Castro Wants Talks With the U.S.

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Posted on Dec 3, 2006

Cuba’s acting President Raul Castro has invited the U.S. to engage in diplomatic talks: “We take this opportunity to once again state that we are willing to resolve at the negotiating table the long-standing dispute between the United States and Cuba.” 

The ball is in President Bush’s court, though Cuban exiles, who wield tremendous power in American politics, will probably block any diplomatic progress with a Castro government.


Reuters via Yahoo:

It was the second time Raul Castro has offered to talk with Washington since he took over from his brother on July 31. Fidel Castro has not appeared in public since, fueling speculation he is close to death.

“Raul Castro’s statement is extremely significant, because it is the most direct statement he has made to Washington since taking power,” said Dan Erikson of the Inter-American Dialogue, a Washington policy group.

“It marks a significant departure from Fidel’s longstanding preference for conflict and confrontation,” he said.

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By Spinoza, December 5, 2006 at 6:16 pm Link to this comment
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> All we want is Freedom… to think on our own and have something that we haven’t had in a very long time… FREEDOM

Capitalism is incompatible with freedom or democracy> Cuba is not a paradise nor a liberal state but it is independent of the USA which is a good thing.

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By Hemi, December 5, 2006 at 10:15 am Link to this comment
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ArrozconFrijoles is correct. (- Mucho gusto señor!)
A dictator whether right leaning or leftist must be
called out. At the end of the day every “presidente’”
smugly smokes their Cuban cigars and basks in
knowing what is “best for the people”.
We’re seeing that doesn’t work in this country or any other.
Every dictator has an island and an ego, the only difference
is the size of each.

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By ArrozconFrijoles, December 4, 2006 at 9:50 pm Link to this comment
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How about instead of Raul offering his hand of friendship to the US, he offer his own people the right to vote and make thier own decisions.. You ignorant folks here seem very willing to jump at the chance to speak and be friendly to a murderor and son of bitch that is Raul & Fidel Castro. All you speak about his how great the health care is in Cuba, and neglect to think about the thousands of innocent people that have been jailed for speaking their mind.

All we want is Freedom… to think on our own and have something that we havent had in a very long time… FREEDOM

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By Broiler, December 4, 2006 at 7:35 am Link to this comment
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Has the emperor lost his clothes Raul?
Where you been all these decades?
Kennedy would have listened but
obviously your big brother and
handler had other thoughts.

Venezuelan petroleum is wonderful Raul
but you’ve just now realized you can’t eat it!
Gracias por nada!

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By Jaded Prole, December 4, 2006 at 4:42 am Link to this comment
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Fidel has made this offer many times as well. It is the US that has never been willing to engotiate or make any concessions to Cuba regarding removal of our bases or normalization of trade.

It is also the US which sponsors terrorism against Cuba while continuing to label it a terrorist state.
At this moment we are holding 5 Cubans in prison for spying on terrorist groups in Miami.  We need to demand their release!

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By Druthers, December 4, 2006 at 1:52 am Link to this comment
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When have we ever negociated anything with another country?  Most of our history from the extermination of Americans Indiens, our interventions in Central and South America, the Philippines,  the overthrow of Mossadeq in Iran, etc. etc. has been one of violence not negociation.
If there is not a reform of the electoral system to ensure real representation of the American people in Congress then we will continue on this path of destruction that brings down all empires.
From being a magnet they are morphed in a trap to be avoided, thus dispelling the moral authority behind which they hide the iron fist.

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By Mark Kienan, December 3, 2006 at 11:55 pm Link to this comment
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Our corporate government does not tollerate asocialist regimes which provides universal health care and education. THAT is UnAmerican!

Our corporate government wants privatization NOT democratization of resources.

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By Spinoza, December 3, 2006 at 11:47 pm Link to this comment
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Just want to second what R. A. Earl said.

Don’t trust the USA. Especially the Bushites.

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By Jon B, December 3, 2006 at 11:19 pm Link to this comment
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Raul wants to talk but Bush Bush does not want to talk. Bush knows a lot about wars, not diplomacy.

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By R. A. Earl, December 3, 2006 at 6:29 pm Link to this comment
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Raul, make all the negotiations and resolutions you wish to make with the American people, NOT with the American governments.

The PEOPLE are trustworthy, the GOVERNMENTS are not.

If the American government(s) agree to hold talks you can be CERTAIN they think it will be to THEIR advantage. Be on your guard. THEIR advantage means YOUR LOSS almost every time.

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