Obama Moves to Normalize Relations with Cuba as American is Released by Havana

Written by on December 17, 2014 in Government, Politics with 0 Comments

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Editor's Note: As a former political science major at UMASS@Amherst, and having written a few papers during my formative years on the Cuban Missile Crisis and U.S. -Cuban relations, I read the news about the tremendous paradigm shift in these countries' relations, today, with a lot of interest. In my opinion, what started as U.S. authoritarian reaction to being told “no” to maintaining its feudal kingdom pawns in Cuba and what continued as a geopolitical football, has now finally yielded to the irony of the United States having had active diplomatic relations with arguably far worse governments for decades. If President Obama can manage this kind of perspective with regard to our dealings elsewhere in the world – using discussion and diplomacy instead of drones and divisiveness – what a better 2015 we might have.

From my alternative health/quantum field perspective, I see this as breaking down barriers between people in a way akin to the fall of the Berlin Wall. There is a potential to radiate this type of act far beyond this particular event to, hopefully, inspire individuals and groups that have been battling physically, mentally, and emotionally, to lay down their real and proverbial weapons in order to reconnect and let healing begin. If 2 countries can do it after 50 years, we all can, too. And what could be more uplifting than that?



President Obama announced sweeping changes to U.S. policy with Cuba on Wednesday, moving to normalize relations with the island nation and tear down the last remaining pillar of the Cold War.

Under the new measures, the United States plans to reopen its embassy in Havana and significantly ease restrictions on travel and commerce within the next several weeks and months, Obama said. Speaking from the White House, he declared that a half-century of isolation of the communist country “has not worked.”

“It’s time for a new approach,” he said.

The history-shaping overtures come after more than 18 months of secret negotiations with the Cuban government of President Raul Castro. The final touches appeared to be arrangements for a series of simultaneous prisoner releases.

Cuba agreed to release Alan Gross, a U.S. Agency for International Development contractor imprisoned for five years, on humanitarian grounds. The Cubans also released an unnamed U.S. intelligence asset held for two decades, and in exchange U.S. officials released three Cuban nationals convicted of spying in 2001.

After being imprisoned in Cuba for five years, USAID contractor Alan Gross arrived home in the U.S. on Wednesday. He thanked President Obama for working to ensure his freedom, and said he is looking forward to celebrating “the best Hanukkah.” (AP)

Gross, a Maryland resident, left Cuba aboard a U.S. military aircraft Wednesday morning, accompanied by his wife and several members of Congress, and arrived at Joint Base Andrews. The Cubans landed in Havana. The unidentified asset was flown separately to the United States.

“What a blessing it is,” Gross said at a hastily arranged news conference in Washington. “Thank you, President Obama, for everything you have done today and leading up to today.”

[Read our live blog: Restoring U.S.-Cuba ties]

Although Obama has the power to establish diplomatic relations, the move was the latest in a series of steps he has taken to use executive powers to circumvent legislative opposition — and one that drew a sharp reaction from GOP lawmakers.

In a hard-edged appraisal of U.S. policies, Obama also noted that decades of embargoes and isolation against Cuba failed to topple its communist system and at times spilled back against U.S. interests in the region.

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Robert O'Leary, JD BARA

Robert O’Leary, JD BARA, has had an abiding interest in alternative health products and modalities since the early 1970’s, and he has seen how they have made people go from lacking health to vibrant health. He became an attorney, singer-songwriter, martial artist and father along the way and brings that experience to his practice as a BioAcoustic Soundhealth Practitioner, under the tutelage of the award-winning founder of BioAcoustic Biology, Sharry Edwards, whose Institute of BioAcoustic Biology has now been serving clients for 30 years with a non-invasive and safe integrative modality that supports the body’s ability to self-heal using the power of the human voice. Robert brings this modality to serve clients in Greater Springfield (MA), New England and “virtually” the world, through his new website, www.romayasoundhealthandbeauty.com


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