Those who decry the handshake, which was merely a matter of protocol, lack historical perspective.
Unplanned exchange before Mandela eulogy was seen by millions on live TV.
Perhaps the stars have aligned to point to a different approach, one of engagement based on the proposition of mutual respect.
DAVE ZIRIN | Guillen was forced to grovel like a broken man at a press conference that was missing only a stockade.
The Marlins hired an opinionated coach and now are suspending Ozzie for being who he is. Isn’t voicing unpopular opinions something that can get you jailed in Cuba?
Guillen’s suspension has nothing to do with his ability to manage his players. He merely expressed an unpopular view, and the irony is that critics of Castro stress Fidel’s own intolerance of dissent.
The United States should stop standing in the way of Cuba rejoining the Organization of American States. When every other member wants to lift the suspension on Cuba, Washington should accept that.
A policy of enlightened self-interest would engage Cuba in normal political and economic interactions, and thereby contribute to the creation of space in which Cubans themselves could proceed to address their most pressing issues, on their terms, within the logic of their own history, and act accordingly.
If Obama moves to lift the embargo, it would send a bold statement that his administration is serious about writing a truly new chapter in U.S. relations with Cuba — and the rest of Latin America.