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There’s a spiral of comments circulating around the internet about how former President Bill Clinton travel to North Korea and was able to convince the North Korean President Kim Jong-il to release the two US Journalists who were sentenced to 12 years of hard labour.

This reminds me of a similar situation some years ago, when three Dominican students studying in Cuba were sentenced to lengthy prison terms on drug related charges.

And with proper communication, dialogue, and diplomacy Prime Minister Skerrit was able to convinced the Cuban President to pardon the students and send them home.

Can you believe that there are some Americans who are asking: Should he have gone at all? Is this a first step to diplomacy with a new Pyongyang or did Mr Clinton’s visit only reward North Korea’s bad behaviour?

===========My Opinion===========

I personally don’t see how this could be a bad. Clinton rescued two innocent US citizens and opened dialogue with North Korea. Communication, dialogue, and diplomacy is always preferable to war, isn’t it? Hats off to Mr. Bill Clinton, a true Diplomatic HERO.

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Close your eyes – Think imaginatively about USA President Obama lifting restrictions on family travel and remittances to Cuba from relatives living in the USA.

Think of the long, long term and a most extraordinary scene may unfold in your mind’s eye — rafts of refugees floating TO Cuba!

It has been clear to many people that for a long time the USA’s economic restrictions against Cuba have been largely symbolic. It is true that they serve to remind the world that the USA rejects the Castro regime and the communist ideology behind it.

But it is equally true that these restrictions have only hurt the ordinary Cuban people without bringing any meaningful change in the island’s leadership or system of government.

Surely, the quality of life for people in ‘embargo-free’ Cuba would get progressively better as Castro’s communist dream unfolds. When the good life in Cuba becomes a powerful magnet, guess what some of the poor and disillusioned people suffering under the terrible capitalist system would do? Build their barges, check the tides, set hopeful eyes on Cuba and start to float. It’s enough to make you blink.

Source:www.chronicledominica.com

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Few persons around the Caribbean would dispute the fact that president Obama will need much luck to and acute political skills to lead America out of the second Great Depression which that country is now experiencing.

One of the many questions Caribbean leaders will ask Obama to make, is one which has the potential to affect the future of the whole Caribbean; the question of reversing America’s current policy towards Cuba. They also hope he has the wisdom to understand that change is more likely to come to Cuba if there is frequent engagement between the people of these two neighbours.

But let’s be realistic people, despite Obama’s many talents his no miracle worker.

Dr. Rupert Lewis, a professor in the Department of Government of the University of the West Indies mention recently that President Obama will not alter US policy, he will not play the “black role” and most disappointingly, they will be no major advantage to the Caribbean with Obama in the White House.

can we as Caribbean people, excuse Obama if he decides that problems affecting Cuba and the Caribbean will have to be left on the coal pot to simmer rather than placing it in the pressure cooker to boil along with major international crisis that the new Obama administration has been forced to confront.

Do you think? Will President Obama change the US policy towards Cuba? Have your say in the comments below.

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