Castro Hands Obama New Laundry List of Demands

Thursday, July 2, 2015
While President Obama was patting himself on the back for giving the Cuban regime every concession it sought for the re-establishment of embassies, Castro was issuing a simultaneous statement with its latest "laundry list" of demands.

Fortunately, these latest demands are outside Obama's legal purview. Otherwise, he would have also acquiesced.

Here's an excerpt from this afternoon's "Statement by the Revolutionary Government of Cuba":

"With the reestablishment of diplomatic relations and the opening of embassies, the first phase concludes of what will be a long and complex process towards the normalization of bilateral ties, as part of which a set of issues will have to be resolved arising from past policies, still in force, which affect the Cuban people and nation.

There can be no normal relations between Cuba and the United States as long as the economic, commercial and financial blockade that continues to be rigorously applied, causing damages and scarcities for the Cuban people, is maintained, it is the main obstacle to the development of our economy, constitutes a violation of international law and affects the interests of all countries, including those of the United States.

To achieve normalization it will also be indispensable that the territory illegally occupied by the Guantanamo Naval Base is returned, that radio and television transmissions to Cuba that are in violation of international norms and harmful to our sovereignty cease, that programs aimed at promoting subversion and internal destabilization are eliminated, and that the Cuban people are compensated for the human and economic damages caused by the policies of the United States."