For Obama, Meeting With Fidel Off the Table

But Tuesday's baseball game should be a highlight in Cuba
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 21, 2016 6:48 AM CDT
For Obama, Meeting With Fidel Off the Table
President Obama waves to journalists next to a painting of President Abraham Lincoln at Havana's City Museum.   (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)

(Newser) – President Obama meets with Raul Castro Monday as part of his historic trip to Cuba, though not with Castro's more famous brother. Some coverage:

  • Neither nation was interested in a meeting between Obama and Fidel Castro, as ABC News explains. The elder Castro still seems wary of the US.
  • Here's a surprising stat: "More than twice as many Cubans went to live in the United States last year than in 1959," when Fidel took over. It's at the heart of a New York Times story about whether Cuban entrepreneurs should stay or go.

  • And for American entrepreneurs hoping to head south, the Wall Street Journal examines the "hard realities" at play—including a deep suspicion of any profit-making venture.
  • Cuba arrested members of the dissident group Ladies in White during a protest as Obama was arriving. For the group, it's business as usual, notes USA Today.
  • A poet who spent 22 years as a political prisoner in Cuba argues that Obama's visit is a mistake in a Washington Post op-ed.
  • A high-profile part of the trip is an exhibition baseball game Tuesday between the Tampa Bay Rays and a Cuban team. The Los Angeles Times ticks off five things to know about Cuban baseball, including Fidel's exaggerated skills.
  • The New York Times has a photo essay on a changing Cuba.
  • Catch up on the steps Obama has taken to ease restrictions on Havana in this AP list.
  • Here's the itinerary of the three-day trip.
(Read more Cuba stories.)

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