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The Monitor's View A cold shoulder to Cuba

President Trump’s dramatic announcement of a new policy looks more like another tweak in a long line of efforts to get the Castro regime to reform or step down.

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For more than half a century US presidents have wrestled with Cuba. Fidel Castro’s communist revolution in 1959 turned what had been a friendly nearby island escape for American tourists into a defiantly independent – and potentially dangerous – foe.