Saturday, May 12, 2012

On May 12

On this day in ...
... 2002 (10 years ago today), arriving in Havana, Jimmy Carter became the 1st U.S. President, incumbent or, as in his case, former, to visit Cuba since Fidel Castro seized power in 1959. The former President's own report of this trip appears here, at the website of the Atlanta-based Carter Center. A key point of the several-day trip was Carter's speech broadcast in Cuba, in which he said,
'[M]y hope is that the Congress will soon act to permit unrestricted travel between the United States and Cuba, establish open trading relationships, and repeal the embargo.'
Some relaxation of tensions has occurred since then, but the embargo remains in place to this day -- fact that generated papal criticism just a few weeks ago.

(Prior May 12 posts are here, here, here, here, and here.)

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