[ View the story "Cuba and the US: The new normal?" on Storify] Cuba and the US: The new normal? The Stream examines the impact of the recent deal between the two countries.
The Stream· Thu, Jan 08 2015 18:03:40
On the day leaders of the two countries declared a new diplomacy, many Cubans
what the future might hold for their island nation now that the five-decade-old embargo would be eased.
@AJStream at least now Cubans will be able to travel back & forth to the US and can transfer money to Cuba ..Abdo Elfgeeh
Among one of the more significant changes in US-Cuba policy, American telecommunications companies will now be able to
in Cuba, bringing wider and faster internet access to a country where only 5 per cent of homes are online.
Despite the lucrative prospects of increased tourism to the island and trade between the neighbouring countries, the announcement of thawed relations has stirred skepticism for some.
@AJStream to be honest as a Cuban born and as someone who has experienced both sides, I say things will probably stay the same.Anubys Gutierrez
@AJStream My thought is, I want to see my father's home, but I want to see it in the context of freedom. Both mine and the Cuban people's.Greg Pinelo
@AJStream I had mixed feeling because I have questions about the Cuban government's willingness to make fundamental changes to economy.John Gutierrez
In Cuba short term detentions of dissidents are
on the rise.
@AJStream @QxNews It will not have impact on H.Rs. Castro repression is on the rise to keep citizens in line!Henry_ Agueros
But some also call into question the US's history of failing to uphold human rights.
@AJStream Impact on human right? Is there really anything to learn about human rights from the US? I certainly don't think so.ALKALINE
@AJStream what about America's human right records. They kill innocent people in the name of terror. Cuba is not worse than US.Luqman
The renewed relations have also caused concern for many who want to leave Cuba and never return. The US Coast Guard has
about a rise in illegal immigration from Cuba. They say this is driven in part by rumours the US will soon end its so-called "wet-foot, dry-foot" policy that allows Cubans who reach the mainland to stay.
Other Cubans who have made the US their homes
they will soon be deported.
Still, a majority of Americans
restored diplomatic ties between the former rivals. Even the typically anti-Castro Cuban-Americans are
to the idea of friendlier ties.
Many are hopeful the changes will benefit both countries, even if some distrust the US's motivations.
@AJStream I was honestly surprised. The embargo has been there for a long time. This could help Cuban people, but I think the US is (cont)Anubys Gutierrez
@AJStream just trying to make a profit. That's what they're always after. It's good for both sides for now. Let's hope for the best.Anubys Gutierrez
@AJStream I'm hopeful for opportunities to collaborate eg medical field, green policies, education & music, film, poetry & other artsDelia Mary
@AJStream I'm hopeful that Americans will finally learn what Cubans, Cuba are really like, and that we can learn a lot from their cultureDelia Mary
And access to the famed Cuban cigar is cause enough for some to celebrate.
@AJStream we are going to have a lot more #cubancigarsvasili
@mmbilal @AJStream At last, Cuban cigars are legal. No more fakes. Thank you very much, Cuba.vernztrash