Cuba Frees Jailed U.S. Contractor
It’s a big international story, and it’s happening just 90 miles off the coast of South Florida. Reports from Washington say President Obama spoke with Cuban President Raul Castro for nearly an hour on Tuesday. The very next morning, big changes in US – Cuba relations. A government airplane flew down to Havana, and brought back American USAID contractor, Alan Gross. He had been in a Cuban prison for over FIVE years, suspected as an American spy. Gross was working to set up internet access in Cuba back in 2009, which was against the law. Cuban regulations didn’t allow it. On top of that, Gross worked for the USAID, an organization that promotes Democracy in Cuba, against the wishes of the Castro regime. Now, it’s important to note, just last week, It’s no coincidence that on the same exact day as Gross’ release, USAID Director Rajiv Shah announced he will be stepping down.
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