For the first time in decades, the United States and Cuba will start talks aimed at normalizing full diplomatic relations. The news comes on the heels of an announcement that Alan Gross, an American contractor who has been held in Cuba for the last 5 years, will be released. The United States also plans to open an embassy in Havana for the first time in more than a half century. Today's announcement is a major breakthrough in decades of a standoff between the two nations that are just miles away, says Carlos Eire, a professor of history and religious studies at Yale University, who left Cuba without his parents at the age of 11 in 1962. What do you think about this historic diplomatic change? Leave a comment or call 1-877-869-8253.
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