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|Two flags, flying side by side, from Coming Home, a documentary by Miami's Crazy Hood.|
"Isolation has not worked," President Barack Obama said today, in his address on U.S.-Cuba policy. "It's time for a new approach."
At the same time, Cuba's Raul Castro, speaking to his own country from the capital city of Havana, delivered the news of the two nations' plans to normalize relations.
These announcements came in the wake of Cuba's release of American Alan Gross and a Cuban U.S. spy, in exchange for the three remaining members of the "Cuban Five" spy ring jailed in Florida.
Under the Obama's "new approach," the U.S. will reopen its embassy in Havana. Travel restrictions for Americans will be eased. (Though, tourist travel still isn't allowed.) And the ban on importing Cuban cigars and certain other goods will be lifted.
Diplomacy, travel, and trade between the U.S. and Cuba will impact the lives of millions. Average citizens. Business people. And yes, musicians too.
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