Tulane University's program in Cuba a positive step: An editorial

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New Orleans has long historical and cultural ties to Cuba. That is partly why Tulane University ran a summer abroad program in Cuba from 1999 until 2004, when the Bush administration restricted academic access to the island.
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Compassionate One

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Dec 16, 2011
 
Kudos to Tulane Univ.! Constructive engagement will do far more to bring about positive change in Cuba than all the years of the embargo that the Miami mafia continues to push which keeps its financial and political powers in place.

I am currently working with three universities on Cuba study abroad programs. These students will see for themselves and make up there own minds rather than blindly following the dictates of a worn-out, hate-driven, failed embargo.

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Dec 16, 2011
 
Their ties to Cuba go back to Andrew Jackson when he told them he'd kick their Cuban a$$es and the French too if they didn't get on the line and stop the British.
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Dec 16, 2011
 
A-Patriot wrote:
Their ties to Cuba go back to Andrew Jackson when he told them he'd kick their Cuban a$$es and the French too if they didn't get on the line and stop the British.
You seem to know a "pinch" of history, albeit from a more "manifest destiny" lens. Fortunately, this doctrine did not go as far south as Cuba. Although Andrew Jackson and others that followed him did have the urge to annex the island - this also failed to gain popularity in the U.S. Congress. Amazing, though somewhat prophetic in a sad sort of way, many U.S. politicians saw Cuba as a piece of fruit, noting that when it becomes ripe it will fall in the hands of the U.S.! It fell, into the hands of the Soviet Union and the U.S. cut the stem by virtue of its own short-sightedness!(We can only play "bully" so much then we pay for it.)

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Dec 16, 2011
 
The only thing Cuba has to offer us is cigars and big-bottom women. It will probably become another drain on our already staggered economy.

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Dec 18, 2011
 
Commiepassionate One wrote:
Kudos to Tulane Univ.! Constructive engagement will do far more to bring about positive change in Cuba than all the years of the embargo that the Miami mafia continues to push which keeps its financial and political powers in place.
I am currently working with three universities on Cuba study abroad programs. These students will see for themselves and make up there own minds rather than blindly following the dictates of a worn-out, hate-driven, failed embargo.
You are a mamaracho and a gilipollas, besides a gay bitter deceptacom & a commienazi azzhole!
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You are a mamaracho and a gilipollas, besides a gay bitter deceptacom & a commienazi azzhole!
Yep! And it takes one to know one!:-) God loves you too!

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You are a mamaracho and a gilipollas, besides a gay bitter deceptacom & a commienazi azzhole!
ditto
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Compassionate One wrote:
Kudos to Tulane Univ.! Constructive engagement will do far more to bring about positive change in Cuba than all the years of the embargo that the Miami mafia continues to push which keeps its financial and political powers in place.
I am currently working with three universities on Cuba study abroad programs. These students will see for themselves and make up there own minds rather than blindly following the dictates of a worn-out, hate-driven, failed embargo.
ditto!

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Dec 18, 2011
 
The woman in the picture was so young she looked like a child. Her hair was loose, eyes wide, blue T-shirt stark against the pale lines of arching collarbones. I felt the air leave me in a quiet rush. Not because of the way the photo captured her fleeting youth, but because of the way it highlighted the bruise.It was a photo of me.Rachel Price has just one happy memory from her childhood: the moment her father took her hands while playing outside on a cold, snowy day and called her his angel. It was a rare and sacred moment in her young life, one in which she finally felt safe, loved, and protected.But it didn’t last long.Years later, Rachel’s daughter is the only light in what has become a dark life. Rachel repeats the patterns she learned as a child and exposes her own daughter to those same destructive behaviors. Consumed by an abusive marriage, but secure in the safety of the familiar, she is too afraid to escape.Rachel accepts what her life has become, even as she makes excuses for those who keep her in a constant state of despair and regret. But then, an unexpected phone call from an old friend changes everything. Her ordered world is turned upside down as she’s set on a journey that might be her last chance to salvage the life she’d given up on long ago.While new friendships tentatively blossom, Rachel realizes that everything she once believed may be nothing but lies and misunderstandings. But knowing the truth is not as easy as it seems. Sometimes ignorance truly is bliss. As the snow falls and the promise of Christmas redemption nears, Rachel begins to see her entire childhood in a brand-new light and must now decide what her future holds—and what her past really means. Will knowing the truth set her free, or will it condemn her to a life full of regret and “what ifs”?The Snow Angel is a poignant tale about family, forgiveness, and the freedom to live a future free of the past.
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