US-Cuba thaw: Is Obama extending economic 'lifeline' to communist regime?

December 19, 2014 5:14 PM

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President Obama's decision to open relations with Cuba has sparked swift and vocal opposition from critics who say it will only aid the Castro regime. Supporters say the move promises to nudge the Cuban regime to expand political and economic freedom.

Washington — Will closer financial ties between the United States and Cuba help to promote political reform on the communist island or simply prop up a morally bankrupt regime?

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