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Obama Visits Cuba

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King Putt is on his way to Cuba. I wonder if he will lock the doors to Gitmo while he is there? You gotta love the video he made for the Cuban people to announce his visit. What a funny guy Putt is.

 

President Obama filmed a skit with popular Cuban comic and TV star Pánfilo on Friday, just a few days before he plans to make a historic visit to the island country.

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Pánfilo, whose real name is Luis Silva, is wildly popular in Cuba, and his weekly show is seen by about two-thirds of the population. The video was posted on the U.S. Embassy in Cuba’s Facebook.

http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/273675-obama-films-skit-with-cuban-comic

 

 

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I guess the reason King Putt is going to a baseball game is because they dont have any golf courses in Cuba?

In his historic visit to Cuba, President Barack Obama is relegating decades of American acrimony with the communist country further into the past and cementing a new relationship between the Cold War-era foes.

Obama's arrival Sunday afternoon was eagerly anticipated in the capital, where workers were cleaning up Old Havana and giving buildings a fresh coat of paint. American flags were raised alongside the Cuban colors in parts of the city, creating an improbable image for those who have lived through a half-century of bitterness between the two countries.

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A highlight of Obama's visit comes Tuesday when he joins Castro and a crowd of baseball-crazed Cubans for a game between the beloved national team and Major League Baseball's Tampa Bay Rays.

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http://www.baynews9.com/content/news/baynews9/sports/article.html/content/news/articles/ap/2016/03/20/With_visit_Obama_aims_to_push_acrimony_with_Cuba_into_past.html

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In related Cuba news..

Starwood signed a deal on Saturday to renovate and run three Cuban hotels, returning U.S. chains to the island more than 50 years after American hotels were taken over by Fidel Castro's socialist revolution.

All Cuban hotels are state-owned so the deal puts a major U.S. corporation directly in business with the communist government under a special U.S. licence that pushes Washington's legal dismantling of the Cuban trade embargo further than ever before. In a once-unimaginable arrangement, a hotel owned by the tourism arm of the Cuban military will become a Sheraton Four Points.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/business/starwood-hotels-cuba-1.3499467

And the problem with that is...

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc., owner of brands such as Westin, Sheraton and W, said it plans to accept a $13.2 billion takeover bid by China’s Anbang Insurance Group Co. and gave suitor Marriott International Inc. a deadline to make a counteroffer.

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-03-18/starwood-hotels-gets-binding-78-a-share-offer-from-anbang-group

 

So if Anbang buys Starwood that means that the Chinese will be setting up house in Cuba under the guise of a US hotel company. Brilliant plan...

 

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Online lodging service Airbnb is allowing travelers from around the world to book stays in private homes in Cuba after the San Francisco-based company received a special authorization from the Obama administration, Airbnb announced Sunday.

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Also on Sunday, Marriott International Inc. said it had gained Treasury Department authorization to pursue a deal in Cuba. The hotel company, which is based in Bethesda, Maryland, said it is in talks with potential partners on the island. Its CEO, Arne Sorenson, is in Cuba with Obama's delegation.

http://abcnews.go.com/Health/wireStory/online-lodging-service-airbnb-opens-cuba-listings-world-37790169

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But, Uncle Fidel is not impressed at all

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Fidel Castro to Obama: 'We don't need the empire to give us anything

MIAMI — Fidel Castro didn't meet with President Obama during his visit to the island last week, but the retired Cuban leader responded Monday with a long, testy letter that concluded: "We don't need the empire to give us anything."

Castro's missive, titled "Brother Obama," rejected the idea that his country needs U.S. assistance to stay afloat, arguing that Cuba is perfectly capable of producing the food and economic prosperity needed by its 11 million citizens. Responding to Obama's suggestion that his visit should allow both countries to "leave the past behind," Castro bristled, citing the failed Bay of Pigs invasion and the five-decade-old economic embargo as realities that can never be forgotten.

 

 

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