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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2522263/Obama-shook-Ra-l-Castros-hand-SIX-MONTHS-secret-U-S-Cuba-talks-report-claims.html

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U.S. and Cuban officials have held mid-level discussions in Washington and Havana
'We're in talks' with Cuba on a wide range of issues, agreed Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes on Tuesday
Middle-men including Latin American diplomats have also been carrying messages back and forth between Washington and Havana
U.S.-Cuba relations have seen an unprecedented thaw since President Obama took office, and a host of lawmakers with Cuban ties are upset
America's 50-year-long trade embargo with the communist nation has been slammed by the UN but embraced by survivors of the Castro regime


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White House: Obama-Castro handshake not 'pre-planned'

http://www.politico.com/politico44/2013/12/obama-shakes-hands-with-cubas-raul-castro-179261.html

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As President Obama made his way through a crowd of 90 other world leaders in Johannesburg on Tuesday, he shook a surprising hand: that of Cuban President Raul Castro.

Video cameras caught the handshake, which came as Obama reached out to dozens of other leaders during the song that preceded his eulogy of Mandela

The moment was not "a pre-planned encounter," a White House official said. "Above all else, today is about honoring Nelson Mandela, and that was the president's singular focus at the memorial service. We appreciate that people from all over the world are participating in this ceremony."

Though undoubtedly a polite gesture meant to honor Mandela's legacy, the handshake also comes not long after Obama indicated a desire to update U.S. policies toward Cuba.


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So it is probably ANOTHER lie, that it was not pre-planned?

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The moment was not "a pre-planned encounter," a White House official said.
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He can talk to every thug, despot, and tyrant but he can't talk to the Republicans?

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He can talk to every thug, despot, and tyrant but he can't talk to the Republicans?

In his mind the GOP is the despots.
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In his mind the GOP is the despots.

And in the minds of the rest of the rats, the media, and half the republican party-I.E. rinos.

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Looks like "normalization" of relations with Cuba is in the works.

The "handshake" was "the setup"...


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