Editorials

Normalization, one year later

Cuban dissident Yuri Valle Roca is silenced and arrested by Cuban police last week in Havana during a demonstration in observance of International Human Rights Day.
Cuban dissident Yuri Valle Roca is silenced and arrested by Cuban police last week in Havana during a demonstration in observance of International Human Rights Day. AFP/Getty Images

“We must not expect … Cuba will abandon the ideas that it has struggled for.”

Raúl Castro, Dec. 20, 2014

ONE YEAR AGO, President Obama and Cuban leader Raúl Castro announced a historic agreement normalizing relations between the United States and Cuba. The Editorial Board lauded the thaw, with expectations of a year of negotiations to hammer out the details. A year later, while economic issues are being addressed, Cuba remains a repressive nightmare for anyone who disagrees with the regime. The United States should never deem relations with Cuba “normalized” until the Cuban people are free to speak — and without reprisals.

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