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Obama and Raul Castro's Handshake – Does It Mean Anything?


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Perhaps one of the most conciliatory moments that occurred at the tribute to Nelson Mandela on Tuesday was the handshake between President Barack Obama and the president of Cuba Raul Castro.

Not since the handshake that Bill Clinton gave elder brother Fidel Castro at the United Nations in 2000 has there been such a friendly gesture exchanged between the leaders of both countries, that despite the end to the Cold War continue to carry a tense relationship.
Despite some easing by President Obama’s administration, travel restrictions and a trade embargo continue in place.
After the handshake and taking the stage, Obama was quick to scorn governments that do not practice democracy, but did not make clear if this was a jab intended directly at Cuba.

“There are too many leaders who claim solidarity with Madiba’s struggle for freedom, but do not tolerate dissent from their own people,” President Obama said as part of his eulogy.

It’s got the Twittersphere abuzz with the comments mainly …
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