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US President Barack Obama (R) shakes hands with Cuba's President Raul Castro (L) on the sidelines of the Summit of the Americas at the ATLAPA Convention Center on April 11, 2015 in Panama City. AFP PHOTO/MANDEL NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Cuba's President Raul Castro (L) speaks during a meeting with US President Barack Obama on the sidelines of the Summit of the Americas at the ATLAPA Convention center on April 11, 2015 in Panama City. AFP PHOTO/MANDEL NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

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TRT World – World in Focus: Record numbers of Cuban refugees in the US

Published on Jan 19, 2016

‘We want to go to the US’
Eight-thousand Cuban refugees were stuck at Costa Rica’s border with Nicaragua when Managua closed its border to them in mid-November last year. They were on their way to the United States. And only a 180 of them have made it through.

‘Wet foot, dry foot’
US immigration policy grants Cubans automatic refugee status and permanent residency after they stay in the country for more than a year. That remains the case, even if they arrive there illegally. The policy was first drafted in 1966 and revised 40 years later – with a slight change. Now, to seek asylum, people must arrive in the US without being intercepted at sea. For that reason, it’s been dubbed the ‘wet foot, dry foot’ policy. The US gives only Cubans this right – and between October 2014 and September 2015, more than 43-thousand Cubans exercised it. The Pew Research Center says that’s a 78 percent increase from the year before. So WHY are they all heading to the US now? Many Cubans fear that the recent thawing of relations between Washington and Havana could bring an end to the policy. But many others in the US and Central America feel their countries can’t sustain the influx of asylum seekers.

Air bridge to the US
Last month, several Latin American countries agreed with the International Organization for Migration to implement a pilot programme to transfer refugees to the United States. The first group of asylum seekers each paid 555 dollars to join – and they’ve now arrived in the US – via Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala and Mexico. But those four countries are still to decide whether the programme should become permanent. But countries working to solve the crisis say they’re still overwhelmed.

Can the US support its Cuban refugees?
A popular destination for Cuban refugees is Miami. But its mayor says the city doesn’t have the money to take care of the refugees who are likely to end up there… A Florida newspaper reported that in 1960, Cuban immigrants received around 1 million dollars worth of US federal funding. Now, they receive about 680 million a year in food stamps and other benefits. Republican presidential candidate and Cuban-American, Marco Rubio thinks the US policy is outdated ‘hard to justify’ – given that Cubans who now come to settle in the US end up travelling to and from Cuba. And he questioned whether they can be considered oppressed. But whatever their reason for coming to the US may be…it seems many Cubans will continue to make the most of the ‘wet foot, dry foot’ policy for sometime yet.

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Missile Crisis: The Man Who Saved the World

This PBS documentary explores the dramatic and little-known events that unfolded inside a nuclear-armed Russian submarine during the Cuban Missile Crisis of October 1962. While both U.S. and Russian politicians sought a solution to the stand-off, Vasili Arkhipov, an officer aboard the submarine, refused to fire a nuclear torpedo, thus averting disaster. The program combines tense drama with eyewitness accounts and expert testimony about a critical event during the Cold War.

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Bay of Pigs Invasion: Lessons Learned

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TUSSLING ON HUMAN RIGHTS, OBAMA, CASTRO VOW NEW PATH FORWARD

President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro tussled Monday over differences on human rights and democracy but pledged to keep working on a new path forward between their two countries in a stunning diplomatic display.

Obama, midway through his history-making trip to Cuba, succeeded in getting Cuba’s leader to submit to questioning by reporters, a routine occurrence for U.S. presidents but an anomaly in a communist country where the media are tightly controlled. Though Castro’s answers were far from forthcoming, the mere occurrence of the news conference was significant in that way.

Asked by an American television reporter about political prisoners in Cuba, Castro seemed oblivious, first saying he couldn’t hear the question, then asking whether it was directed to him or Obama. Eventually he pushed back, saying if the journalist could offer up names of anyone allegedly imprisoned, “they will be released before tonight ends.”

“What political prisoners? Give me a name or names,” Castro said defiantly as Cuban citizens watched on state television. He added later, “It’s not correct to ask me about political prisoners in general.”

After responding to a handful of questions, Castro ended the news conference abruptly, declaring, “I think this is enough.”

Cuba is criticized for briefly detaining demonstrators thousands of times a year but has drastically reduced its practice of handing down long prison sentences for crimes human rights groups consider to be political. Cuba released dozens of political prisoners as part of its deal to normalize relations with Cuba, and Amnesty International said in a recent report that it knew of no prisoners of conscience in Cuba.

It’s extremely rare for Raul Castro to preside over a formal news conference, although he has sometimes taken reporters’ questions when the mood strikes. The White House worked feverishly to get him to agree, with negotiations going right up until the moment the two walked out of their meeting and faced reporters.

Obama, speaking earlier alongside Castro at the Palace of the Revolution, declared “this is a new day” for the U.S. and Cuba, which were estranged for half a century until he and Castro pursued a diplomatic thaw 15 months ago. Still, Obama said he and Castro had spoken openly about U.S. concerns over Cuba’s human rights record, calling such delicate discussions a prerequisite to truly normalizing relations.

“This is something that we are going to stay on,” Obama said, adding that if the two countries could make progress on the issue, their relationship could blossom. “In the absence of that, I think it will continue to be a very powerful irritant.”

Castro, in a lengthy statement, worked to turn the tables on Obama by saying Cuba found it “inconceivable” for a government to fail to ensure health care, education, food and social security for its people – a clear reference to the U.S. Aiming to show the issue needn’t be one-sided, Obama said he was open to hearing Cuba’s concerns.

“I actually welcome President Castro commenting on some of the areas where he feels that we’re falling short,” Obama said. “Because I think we should not be immune or afraid of criticism or discussion as well.”

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