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Cuba's Fate Linked to the United States
By Aileen S. Yoo
The U.S.-Cuban relationship turned from symbiotic to hostile by the early 1960s, when rebel president Fidel Castro allowed the Soviets to base missiles pointed at the United States on his soil. Communist Castro has softened his posturing in the past few years, enlisting the aid of Roman Catholic Pope John Paul II in a lobbying effort to ease the U.S. imposed embargo that affects Cuba's population of 12 million.
In January 1999, President Clinton responded to the pontiff's overtures by loosening the embargo a bit more, including a resumption of direct postal service, authorization for any U.S. citizens to send as much as $1,200 a year to recipients in Cuba and permission for U.S. firms to sell fertilizer, pesticides and agricultural equipment to independent farmers and privately owned restaurants.
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