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Obama in Cuba: The reasons for his trip on March 21-22, 2016 – commentary

Obama in Cuba: The reasons for his trip

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CARIBBEAN360  FEBRUARY 25, 2016  –  By Joaquín Roy

FLORIDA, United States, Thursday February 25, 2016, IPS – At this stage of the process that began in December 2014 with the surprise announcement of the opening of relations between the United States and Cuba, hardly anything counts as spectacular news. The detail in the decision by Washington and Havana that made news in the traditional sense (man bites dog) was that the plan to sit down and talk implied that Cuba gave up its prior demand that the embargo be lifted. The United States, for its part, accepted that Cuba did not undertake to make any special changes to its own political system.

Since then, each side has been following a basic script that should one day lead to complete opening. All we need ask ourselves is what U.S. President Barack Obama has to gain with his visit to Cuba on 21-22 March, a decision not without risks, and what might be the motivation for its early date. The key is as much the forthcoming Cuban calendar as that of the United States.   Continue reading

President Obama Visits Jamaica on way to Summit of the Americas

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President Obama steps down on to Jamaican soil on April 8, 2015.

President Obama Visits Jamaica on way to Summit of the Americas

 News Americas, WASHINGTON, D.C., Thurs. Mar. 9, 2015: U.S. President Barack Obama woke up in the Caribbean island nation of Jamaica this morning after touching down at the Norman Manley Airport in Kingston at 7:30 p.m. last evening on Air Force One. The President is being accompanied on the short trip to Jamaica by Jamaican-American Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke.

They were greeted on arrival by Governor General of Jamaica, Sir Patrick Allen and Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller along with CARICOM Chairman and Bahamian Prime Minister, Perry Christie; CARICOM Secretary General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque.   Continue reading

In Iraq, the United States and Iran Align Against the Islamic State

 U.S. President Barack Obama (L), newly elected Iraqi prime minister-designate Haider al-Abadi (C) and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. (WIN MCNAMEE/Getty Images, STR/AFP/Getty Images, ATTA KENARE/AFP/Getty Images)

U.S. President Barack Obama (L), newly elected Iraqi prime minister-designate Haider al-Abadi (C) and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. (WIN MCNAMEE/Getty Images, STR/AFP/Getty Images, ATTA KENARE/AFP/Getty Images)

In Iraq, the United States and Iran Align Against the Islamic State

Analysis  August 20, 2014 | 0419 STRATFOR

Summary:  Since June, a great deal of international focus has been on Iraq, where the transnational jihadist movement Islamic State took over large swaths of the country’s Sunni-majority areas and declared the re-establishment of the caliphate. Despite the global attention on the country, especially given U.S. military operations against the Islamic State, U.S.-Iranian cooperation against the jihadist group — a significant dynamic — has gone largely unnoticed.  Continue reading

U.S. and Iranian Realities – By George Friedman

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U.S. and Iranian Realities

Stratfor – By George Friedman  – Tuesday, October 1, 2013

U.S. President Barack Obama called Iranian President Hassan Rouhani last week in the first such conversation in the 34 years since the establishment of the Islamic Republic. The phone call followed tweets and public statements on both sides indicating a willingness to talk. Though far from an accommodation between the two countries, there are reasons to take this opening seriously — not only because it is occurring at such a high level, but also because there is now a geopolitical logic to these moves. Many things could go wrong, and given that this is the Middle East, the odds of failure are high. But Iran is weak and the United States is avoiding conflict, and there are worse bases for a deal.          Continue reading

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