Cuba, Puerto Rico and the United States...A Hot Fuse?

There have been years of animosity between the United States and the Cuban regime. In a move that has frustrated some, and has brought happiness to others, President Barack Obama loosened relations with Cuba.

The good part in all this is a man who has been in a Cuban prison for 5 years was released. His crime was attempting to supply a Cuban/Jewish community with internet service. Also released was a United States spy who was unnamed. That person was in the Cuban prison for 20 years.

In the bargain with Raul Castro, Obama agreed to release 3 Cubans who were in prison in the United States for their parts in trying to commit terrorist activities. They were part of the Cuban 5.

Emotions are mixed in the United States over this move by Obama. Many Republicans are completely against it. They point out that the Castro regime is still undermining the U.S. in many ways, and they run a Communist government that brutalizes their own people.

Agreements have been made to open a United States Embassy in Cuba, and to relax the trade embargo and tourism. The trade embargo relaxation must be approved by the Republican controlled Congress though.

In all of this, the Frog wants to take a look at where Puerto Rico stands in all of this.

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A markerHavana,Cuba -
Havana, Cuba
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B markerWashington D.C. -
Washington, DC, USA
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C markerSan Juan, Puerto Rico -
San Juan, San Juan, Puerto Rico
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Puerto Rico Worries

The economy in Puerto Rico is faltering terribly. Many factories have left the island for more lucrative opportunities as tax breaks have been taken away from large corporations.

The gossip on the streets now is that with Cuba getting an open door policy, it will close more doors in Puerto Rico. Even Governor Padilla has been hinting toward these things.

First, I must say that it won't be open doors in Cuba that will harm Puerto Rico's economy any more. The problem with the economy here is the outrageous pay of politicians, and the mishandling of funds.

Opening Cuban doors could actually help Puerto Rico's economy if it is handled correctly. It will create a bigger tourist opportunity in the Caribbean, and Puerto Rico will sit in the center of it all.

Secondly, don't count on the Cuban doors opening as easily as it is sounding now. The Castro regime has messed it up before, and they are bound to again. I do believe the old line of: "Keep your friends close, but keep your enemies closer." Having an embassy in Havana may be a very good thing.

There are just so many ways that wise entrepreneurs from Puerto Rico can win from this situation. The frog says that you need to look at the positive side and realize that it can be a win-win-win situation if handled correctly.

Oscar Lopez Rivera
Oscar Lopez Rivera

Now Free Oscar

As a Gringo who lives in Puerto Rico, I have heard time and time again about the political prisoner Oscar Lopez Rivera.

President Obama....You released the Cubans, now please release this man. Release him without stipulations, it is only fair and right.

You have released prisoners from Guantanamo and these Cubans who were all guilty. Oscar has never admitted guilt and the charges that were against him were quite questionable. Since you released all these others, please release Oscar.

Your Opinions Do Count

I would like to hear all of your opinions.

Type in the comments section. I am putting a poll here about Oscar too. You may want to read the links I have about him and the charges he had against him.

Do you think Oscar should be free?

Thank you for reading and giving your opinion. That is what freedom is all about. You can't do that in Cuba; not yet anyway.

Should the U.S. Free Oscar Lopez Rivera?

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© 2014 Greg Boudonck

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billybuc 23 months ago from Olympia, WA

Greg, I honestly don't know enough about this to vote in your poll. It will be interesting to see where this leads.


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Froggy213 23 months ago from On A Mountain In Puerto Rico Author

I understand Bill. I do believe that he should get freedom if they are freeing all the rest.


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MsDora 23 months ago from The Caribbean

I haven't been paying much attention, and I don't know about Oscar, but I like your perspective towards Puerto Rico fixing their own mess. I believe with you that PR may benefit.


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Froggy213 23 months ago from On A Mountain In Puerto Rico Author

Thank you. They do need to get it together.

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