May 18th, 2012
07:13 PM ET

U.S. move on Castro angers many

Her name says its all – Castro. Mariela Castro Espin, the daughter of Cuban President Raul Castro has been granted a visa to travel to the United States next week to attend an academic conference. That decision by the U.S. government has ignited a firestorm of controversy on Capitol Hill and the streets of Miami. Jill Dougherty reports.

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  1. willy

    How about this cuban-american dude talking at the end of the video, wearing a nazi cross in is neck,,,,,,that all for me folks.

    May 25, 2012 at 6:34 pm | Reply
  2. Marquise

    Embargoes have not worked. They only hurt the poor of the country. How can those who escaped Cuba and were welcomed into this country now criticize the president for trying to improve the lives of those still living in Cuba? America has given aide to countries in need, who have had dictators for years, Yemen. Why didn't these Cuban expariates complain then? President Obama's good faith gesture could secure the release of our citizen and improve our relationship with Cuba whereby the people could gain more freedom.

    May 20, 2012 at 8:42 pm | Reply
  3. Brian Caldwell

    Cuba stopped executing people in 2003. There are over 3400 people on death row in the USA

    May 20, 2012 at 8:38 pm | Reply
    • Jason

      The U.S. needs to step up their executions, and enforce the death penalty! If you are sentenced to death for your horrible crimes, the punishment should be carried out.
      Our prison system is soft on convicted violent criminals, and it costs us a lot of money.
      Somebody like say Richard Ramirez (Nightstalker) was condemned to death decades ago, and freely admits his crimes to anyone who will listen, and he actually admits he has no remorse. He actually stated on more than one occasion, that he is the devil, which he seems to believe, and he has committed more violent acts inside.
      He says he enjoys prison hospitality, which we Californians pay for.
      A person like this does not deserve to live in soceity, or prison.

      May 20, 2012 at 10:23 pm | Reply
  4. TrueGrissel

    Cuba is not a rogue nation anymore to us, open up trade already, to heck to the whining Cuban nationals that already plague the streets of Florida.

    May 20, 2012 at 7:31 pm | Reply
    • Kevin

      Castro murders his political opposition, demands personal political allegience from his government employees, outlaws free press and assembly, dominates his country with a one-party system and you say that Cuba is not a rogue nation? Does a rogue nation deploy nuclear missiles in their territory trying to start a war like Cuba did in the 60s? Does a rogue nation establish Military Units to Aid Production (Forced labor concentration camps)? Does a rogue nation establish an "Anti-Loafing Law" used to put the unemployed in jail? A rogue nation probably doesn't execute 12-15,000 people because of homelessness or homosecuality either.

      Btw, the people of miami are waiting for Cuba to break their bonds of communism, so they can go home. These people have suffered and endured many things over many years. We are a nation of peoples, and not one that turns its eye from those that have suffered. You haven't a word of understanding, and only want to suck up to this rogue nation so you can vacation there on the sunny beaches and smoke cigars.

      May 20, 2012 at 8:28 pm | Reply
  5. Bob Brown

    Move into the 21st century, kids.
    Embargo Cuba is political bullshit by the rich and powerful who are pissed because THEY can't exploit that country like they do to many of the other Caribbean and Latin American states. Human rights, you say? Hey I'm on board with that – let's embargo dictatorships like Saudi Arabia or Venezuela then.

    May 20, 2012 at 3:04 pm | Reply
  6. Brian Caldwell

    It is called realpolitik. Being nice to China and Vietnam will not make you lose votes. After 50 years when the rest of the world is trying to bring Cuba into the fold, politicians still rant and rave because it gets them the latino vote in Florida. Also Cuba is no danger so they can boycott them without any repercussions. They cant do that with China.

    May 20, 2012 at 6:45 am | Reply
  7. cacique

    The Miami mafia does not want any signals of friendship between the two countries develop...Those ex-Cubans have become retrogrades and absolete. Time to let new alliances begin..

    May 19, 2012 at 9:29 pm | Reply
    • Prediction

      Kissing ex-Cubans was 'Awkward, Sweaty, And Not Very Nice'

      May 19, 2012 at 11:12 pm | Reply
  8. Canadian

    Imagine how much better the Caribbean would have been if the US had not let the Mafia and large corporations attempt to take over after Batista fell. Fidel would have remained a democrat instead of becoming a commie!

    After 50 years, you'd think that the people they interviewed would have lost the accent. Sounds like they just got off the boat.

    May 19, 2012 at 8:32 am | Reply
    • Kevin

      Let's see, Bautista was elected fairly in 1940, endorsed by the Communists. Then seized power in 1952 and attempted to rule by decree, then got re-elected in 1953. During this time they benefited from low-infant mortality, high literacy, highest doctor per capita, and the highest education spending in all of latin america. However, there was high unemployment and high regulatory impasses in the country that led to declining investor interest.

      Castro comes along and seizes power, murders his political opponents, demands personal allegience from all government employees, outlaws trade unions, disables free press, establishes the Committees for the Defense of the Revolution as a way to watch over you to prevent freedom of assembly or exhange of ideas counter to that of Fidel, and all of this under the watchful one-party rule system.

      Knowing history, or at least being able to read history, is very important. The big corporations had nothing to do with the fall of Baustista or the rise of Castro. Castro has been a thug to his neighbors and his own people for decades. It's amazing that anyone would say that Cuba would be better off or that Castro, a devout Communist, would ever endorse the free market or a democratic state. Your post makes no sense.

      May 20, 2012 at 8:09 pm | Reply
      • Jason

        Right on the money!
        Good knowledge Kevin!

        May 20, 2012 at 10:25 pm |
  9. krolus

    who put this man in the white house? those are the people that we should worry about!

    May 19, 2012 at 7:10 am | Reply
  10. so obama reaches past the gays to cuba for support

    gee , maybe obama is going to change his mind on commies , and support them openly instaed of under the cover of winks , I wonder if he also sends them letters like he does with the taliban .

    oh I guess Iran will be recieve more Usa grain from obama again , as this also happened in April , after all Iran needs to assist assad in the syrian slaughter with not just arms but now with grain from the USA .

    May 18, 2012 at 10:45 pm | Reply
    • Cheese Wonton

      I'll believe you are serious when you refuse to buy anything made in China or Vietnam. Wave bye bye to Wally World. Yeah, I didn't think you were serious.

      May 19, 2012 at 3:08 am | Reply
      • Jesse

        You can buy from places that are not china. I get my food from local organic growers in VT. My guns are American & swiss made shoes made in the States clothes in the states europe or middle east. Mt Jeeps and Old Land Rover are US, Canada, and UK. My TV is made in Japan, phone in Korea. I don't shop at big chains buy from small stores. Nothing from China vietnam. Vietnam wanted to give us cam ron bay in exhange for becoming a democracy like us if we could persuade the French (who screw everything they touch up) to leave. We stuck by our French ally in maintaining an occupation whoch is funny because they were just finsIshed being occupied by Germany. Vietnam wanted independence so they went wherever they could. If we told the French to leave things would have been different.

        May 20, 2012 at 8:45 am |
  11. Billy Jack

    Comin by to pick up a couple nukes from barry

    May 18, 2012 at 8:36 pm | Reply

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