By William Tucker
Chief Correspondent for In Homeland Security
Nearly a year after floating the idea, the Obama administration instructed the State Department to remove Cuba from the State Sponsors of Terrorism list. The delisting will have minimal impact on U.S. policy as the embargo of the island nation remains in place. In most instances, inclusion on the State Departments State Sponsor of Terrorism list comes with economic and political consequences, but for Cuba the delisting was certainly important, though mostly symbolic.
By Brett Daniel Shehadey
Special Contributor for In Homeland Security
President Barrack Obama, in a somewhat surprising announcement, stated his intentions Wednesday to formalize diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Cuba. He has advocated a long-term policy of engagement with Cuba that would see the opening of an American embassy in Cuba, promoting greater transnational communications, business opportunities and trade.