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Unformatted text preview: to allow separated families to see each other more than once every three years even though Cubanos aren't allowed to visit America. And permitting gifts to Cuban relatives could ease unnecessary poverty even though the regime will siphon off an estimated 20 percent of the money sent there. In the end, though, it's still Fidel Castro and his brother Raul who'll decide whether there'll be a thaw in ties with the United States or not. And in usual Castrostyle, Fidel himself stood defiant in response to the White House proclamation, barely recognizing the US policy shift. Instead, and predictably, Fidel demanded an end to el bloqueo (the blockade ) without any promises of change for the people who labor under the regime's hardline policies . So much for the theory that if we're nice to them, they'll be nice to us. Many are concerned that the lack of love from Havana will lead Washington to make even more unilateral concessions to create an opening with Fidel and the gang. Of course, the big empanada is the US economic embarg...
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- Summer '12