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    On Wednesday, the United States announced plans to restore full diplomatic relations with Cuba, a move that stunned millions with a monumental and unanticipated policy shift in the White House.

    Consequently, a new relationship is now in the works between the United States and the island nation located just
    off of the southern coast of the U.S. “We will end an outdated approach that for decades has failed to advance our interests and instead we will begin to normalize relations between our two countries,” President Obama said today.

    One of the biggest immediate differences to be expected in Cuba as a direct results of the new diplomatic relationship is expanded access to Internet and mobile devices for Cuban residents.

    "The White House estimates that less than 5% of Cubans have access to the open Internet. That is about to change dramatically," Policy Mic reports. "As part of the deal, consumer devices (iPhone!) and related software, apps and services will all be made available to regular Cubans."

    Although it won't happen overnight, telecommunication providers are expected to enter Cuba to build out the infrastructure needed to expand Internet connectivity and mobile phone capabilities, all of which could be a big invitation for companies like Apple to open a retail store at some point in the future.

    Apple is yet to offer formal comment on the Cuba announcement today, but expect the media to continue pressing for insight until Apple addresses whether or not Cuba will be on its retail radar in the coming years.

    Source: Policy Mic

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    Isn't that country still ruled by an oppressive and dangerous dictator?

    If we prop up their economy the Castro administration would simply use that money to become more powerful, and in turn more oppressive.

    And anyway Obama doesn't have the House or Senate any longer so he's not going to get far with these ridiculous plans.

    The last thing Cubans should be concerned about is which smartphone to buy. They have bigger problems.
    Last edited by Jahooba; 2014-12-18 at 06:39 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jahooba View Post
    Isn't that country still ruled by an oppressive and dangerous dictator?

    If we prop up their economy the Castro administration would simply use that money to become more powerful, and in turn more oppressive.

    And anyway Obama doesn't have the House or Senate any longer so he's not going to get far with these ridiculous plans.

    The last thing Cubans should be concerned about is which smartphone to buy. They have bigger problems.
    those bigger problems are the price of cuban cigars dropping!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jahooba View Post
    Isn't that country still ruled by an oppressive and dangerous dictator?

    If we prop up their economy the Castro administration would simply use that money to become more powerful, and in turn more oppressive.

    And anyway Obama doesn't have the House or Senate any longer so he's not going to get far with these ridiculous plans.

    The last thing Cubans should be concerned about is which smartphone to buy. They have bigger problems.
    You think all the countries we have diplomatic relations with are all humanitarian role models?

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    Quote Originally Posted by novadam View Post
    You think all the countries we have diplomatic relations with are all humanitarian role models?
    I'm saying there's a reason we annexed them from our diplomatic process.

    Reaching out to them legitimizes their government and potentially gives them a louder voice on the world stage.

    Obama is playing a dangerous game in order to appease his base and secure votes.

    Cuba is a matter of national security, not some political pawn. The Left is always playing political games with our national security. It's stupid and irresponsible.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jahooba View Post
    I'm saying there's a reason we annexed them from our diplomatic process.

    Reaching out to them legitimizes their government and potentially gives them a louder voice on the world stage.

    Obama is playing a dangerous game in order to appease his base and secure votes.

    Cuba is a matter of national security, not some political pawn. The Left is always playing political games with our national security. It's stupid and irresponsible.
    newsflash: the rest of the world views Cuba as legitimate. it is Cuba -- it's not going to be joining the UN Security Council.

    I mean, "annex[ing] them from our diplomatic process" has achieved what, exactly, in the last 50 years?

    and what is your national security concern? that is, what threat is going to exist with an embassy there, that does not currently exist?

    I'm curious: do you think we should break off diplomatic relations with, and impose a trade embargo on, China?

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    I think we should for sure. Any communist country!!
    Last edited by Dgow452; 2014-12-19 at 01:00 AM.

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    a trade embargo on China would destroy the United States. No question.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jahooba View Post
    I'm saying there's a reason we annexed them from our diplomatic process.

    Reaching out to them legitimizes their government and potentially gives them a louder voice on the world stage.

    Obama is playing a dangerous game in order to appease his base and secure votes.

    Cuba is a matter of national security, not some political pawn. The Left is always playing political games with our national security. It's stupid and irresponsible.
    Every other nation on Earth already has diplomatic ties with Cuba. No other nation joined with the United States in isolating Cuba.

    You say above that Cubans have "bigger problems" than which smart phone to buy. I'd counsel that living under an oppressive state that provides economic opportunity (like China) is better than living under an oppressive state that provides no economic opportunity (like Cuba). The United states should do business with Cuba. I support the change.

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