U.S. aims to heal relations with Cuba


Official White House Photo by Pete Souza

The culmination of years of talks resulted in this handshake between the President and Cuban President Raúl Castro during the Summit of the Americas in Panama City, Panama.


After decades of estrangement, old wounds between the United States and Cuba are beginning to heal. Barack Obama, the first American president to visit the country since the Cold War, recently met with Cuban president Raul Castro on March 21, 2016. After Obama’s visit to Havana and a popular U.S. vote, diplomatic relations between the two countries have improved. The process of lifting the trade embargo is now underway.

Trade relations between the two countries are beginning to normalize, blurring the communist trade legislations of Cuba with the capitalistic brands of America. The first commercial flight took place weeks ago, starting in Fort Lauderdale and ending in Santa Clara. This flight is one of the first of many to come since separation during the Cold War.

Although things are looking bright for the U.S. and Cuba, not everyone is happy about the renewed ties between the two. Some Cuban immigrants are unhappy with the U.S. helping communist Cuba, the country they fled from due to a myriad of human rights issues and corrupt politicians.

“I don’t think that it’s the best idea to reunite with Cuba. Agreements with dictators are not always truthful. They could easily turn around and do what they want and catch us by surprise,” Megan Kirk, a senior at Neshaminy High School, said.

Even though things are on the track right now, it is not yet clear if Castro will hold up his end of the bargain. With the advancements the U.S. and Cuba are making, there is a good chance that over time relations between the two countries will be restored to their pre Cold War relations.