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Watch Correa, not Castro at Americas summit: Column

As three dozen world leaders meet in Panama, April 10 to 11 for the 7th Summit of the Americas, conventional wisdom is to watch Barack Obama and Raul Castro.

After all, this is Cuba’s first attendance since these summits began in the 1990s. Based on the principles of democracy and free trade, the Organization of American States had excluded Cuba since the Castro regime obviously practices neither. Despite that reality, President Obama is normalizing relations with Havana after more than 50 years.

While most people will focus on Obama and Castro, the man to watch isn’t Barack, 83-year old Raul, nor his 88-year old brother Fidel.

Obama is already something a lame duck, with Republicans controlling Congress and less than two years left in office. And both Castro brothers don’t have much time left. Period.

The man to watch is Ecuador’s Rafael Correa, wherever he might be. He represents the future and his growing influence is more powerful than most think, and now is playing games with the summit, saying he might even boycott…. (more…)

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Troubling truths about Castro’s Cuba

Canadians love Cuba. We travel there in droves. We enjoy their beaches, their cigars and the historic sites and sounds of Havana.

Some Canadians even revel in the lack of Americans at Cuban resorts, and laud our ability to travel to a beautiful part of the world sans our American neighbours.

But things are changing, thanks in part to the Harper government.

Earlier this year, Canadian diplomats facilitated high-level talks between the Obama administration and that of Cuban President Raul Castro. After these talks, Obama announced his intention to “normalize” relations between the U.S. and Cuba.

Canadian leadership in contentious parts of the world is always welcome, but we should also be cautious of the Castro regime in Havana. There are at least three good reasons for skepticism over Cuba…. (more…)