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Obama's Cuban Reform Doesn't Go Nearly Far Enough

Yenis Delgado is a green-eyed, 45-year-old Cuban beauty. She left the island a decade ago with her husband and young son. Her dad stayed behind, though, and it's hard to keep in touch. Calls cost $1 per minute. Sending gifts sets her back $50 per pound.

"Who can afford that?" she says. "It was about time they did something to change the system. But they need to do much more."

President Barack Obama's announcement last week that he plans to "normalize relations between... the American and Cuban people and begin a new chapter among the nations of the Americas," drew treacly praise from liberals and heavy fire from Cuban-American politicians. Listening to either the Birkenstock brigade or the partido de té last week, you would have thought there was a new storming of the Moncada Barracks.

But they all got it wrong.

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Chuck Strouse is the former editor in chief of Miami New Times. He has shared two Pulitzer Prizes and won dozens of other awards. He is an honors graduate of Brown University and has worked at newspapers including the Miami Herald and Los Angeles Times.
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