Cuba: poor,  beautiful, loud, and above all, full of people who are very proud to be Cuban. Old enemies, the USA and Cuba may once again become friends, since President Obama moved to normalize relations with Cuba in December 2014.

Cuba’s Communist government has survived more than 50 years of US sanctions intended to topple leader Fidel Castro. It also challenged predictions that it would not survive the collapse of its supporter, the Soviet Union.

In December 2014 Mr. Obama said the US and Cuba would end more than 50 years of hostility and were talking about restoring diplomatic ties. He said the policy of isolating Cuba had failed. President Castro said the island would not give up its socialist principles.

A series of unprecedented economic reforms have been implemented since Raul Castro formally took over as president in 2008 from his elder brother, Fidel. To those who criticise the slow pace of reform, Raúl Castro rightly points out that “we are moving at a faster pace” than many imagine. But so far the benefits of change are limited. 

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