If the current thaw in U.S.-Cuban relations leads to lifting the decades-long blockade, we will have access to life-saving drugs and vaccines now banned in the U.S.
The U.S. and Cuban governments restored diplomatic relations, but U. S. measures humiliating and messing with the Cuban people are still in force.
Of progressive bills, the one that appears to be moving forward most quickly is the Freedom to Travel to Cuba Act of 2015.
On Tuesday, Obama recommended that Cuba be removed from The U.S. State Department's "State Sponsors of Terrorism List."
"The Cold War has been over for a long time," said Obama; "I'm not interested in having battles that started before I was born."
"Keep the solidarity movement going in the fight to lift the blockade. Please extend our deepest gratitude to all."
The Cuban 5 are free, and difficult but promising negotiations have been going on in Havana about the restoration of full diplomatic relations.
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The Dec. 17, 2014 announcement by President Obama establishing full diplomatic relations with Cuba was a day we thought we might never see.
Obama's announcement was "a major step forward toward ending the 55-year cold war with Cuba."