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By Iroel Sánchez

These days have abounded interviews. As the questions are repeated and more or less the answers vary on the same ideas, I decided to summarize what I said to media as the Chilean newspaper La Tercera, the Spanish newspaper La Razon, news agencies Xinhua and Cuban Prensa Latina, Russia Today andTV stations Telesur and the Cuban magazine Bohemia around the official visit to Cuba by US President Barack Obama.  

The current Cuba talks about Obama’s visit. I think mostpeople realize that it is a positive step on the path of normalization of relations between the two countries each party seeks different results: Cuba, move public opinion inthe US and its most influential sectors for historical purposes as delivery US territory illegally occupied in Guantánamo, the end of the blockade and respect for their economic, political and social system. Washington, meanwhile, wants to increase its influence in Cuban society in its stated aim push toward capitalism, while in particular President Obama seeks to strengthen his legacy.

As the historian Fernando Martinez Heredia says, it is a tremendísima confusion, but there might be some people who think that because Obama comes to Cuba, the material situation of a large part of Cubans will improve.

No country in the environment of Cuba, from Mexico to Dominican Republic is socially better than Cuba despite having no economic blockade, far from that suffer structural problems such as violence, child labor and drug trafficking here nor there. When the US talks about “empowering the Cuban people” to what really refers to the building as a minority in those countries administer the country according to their interests.

Obama’s visit to Cuba is a positive step on the road towards normalization of relations involving tacit to a country recognition that the US tried to kneel down by all possible ways: economic, terrorism, biological warfare plans murder of their leaders … it is a victory of the resistance of the Cuban people for more than fifty years of hostility which also implies acceptance of the demands of the Cuban government to talk without conditions and equal but not mean normality in the relationship because Obama himself has continued to assert that Washington is a change of methods but not objectives.

What we aspire Cubans is that this whole process a positive impact on their daily lives, allow eliminating restrictions that distort the functioning of the economy and stop the claim to restrict the state that is the one that has guaranteed the real empowerment of the people.

There will be a symbolic flood these days. However, nothing can overcome the image of the head of the most powerful country in the world, entering respectfully in the Plaza of the Revolution, which is the institutional center that eleven American presidents could not defeat. There await you standing Jose monumental Martí whose last words were to say that he did was to “timely prevent with the independence of Cuba that is spreading through the Antilles United States and fall with that additional strength our lands America “in front of the giant faces of the commanders Che Guevara -Submitted to immortality by the CIA and Camilo Cienfuegos, whose most remembered phrase is” going well Fidel.

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