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Cuba Libre

After more than 50 years, the U.S. looks to a future 90 miles away.

Near the beginning of a speech on Dec. 17 announcing that the U.S. and Cuba would begin to resume full diplomatic relations after more than 50 years, President Barack Obama made a personal aside. “I was born in 1961,” he said, “just over two years after Fidel Castro took power in Cuba and just a few months after the Bay of Pigs invasion.” The point was clear: Americans and Cubans had been living in thrall to a history that had unfolded before most of them had even been born…

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