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Peter Korn­bluh — U.S. and Cuba: Back to the Past: The island of Cuba has pre­oc­cu­pied Wash­ing­ton offi­cials for decades. Pri­or to the 1959 Fidel Cas­tro-led Rev­o­lu­tion, Cuba was a vir­tu­al U.S. colony. It was also a mafia play­ground. The Rev­o­lu­tion changed all of that. Cuba allied itself with the Sovi­et Union. Goad­ed by an influ­en­tial lob­by in Flori­da, the U.S. engaged in assas­si­na­tions, inva­sion, chem­i­cal and bio­log­i­cal war­fare, block­ades and sanc­tions in attempts to bring about régime change in Havana. Despite its rel­a­tive weak­ness com­pared to the glob­al hege­mon, Cuba resist­ed U.S. pow­er. With the pass­ing of Fidel and the retire­ment of his broth­er Raul, Cuba sought a new rela­tion­ship with Wash­ing­ton. Impor­tant steps toward nor­mal­iza­tion of rela­tions were tak­en under Oba­ma. A new and more friend­ly chap­ter was evolv­ing between the two coun­tries. Those efforts have large­ly unrav­eled due to Trump admin­is­tra­tion policies.