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A look at United States and Cuban relations 10 years ago




A Cuban gives the thumbs up from his balcony decorated with the US and Cuban flags in Havana, on January 16, 2015. The United States will ease travel and trade restrictions with Cuba on Friday, marking the first concrete steps towards restoring normal ties with the Cold War-era foe since announcing a historic rapprochement.
A Cuban gives the thumbs up from his balcony decorated with the US and Cuban flags in Havana, on January 16, 2015. The United States will ease travel and trade restrictions with Cuba on Friday, marking the first concrete steps towards restoring normal ties with the Cold War-era foe since announcing a historic rapprochement.
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Things may be about to change in Cuba...

But what was it like in the past for Americans trying to promote diplomacy there?

James Cason (CAY-son) is currently the mayor of Coral Gables, Florida.

But in the early 2000's, he was the chief of mission at the U.S. Interests Section in Havana.

Host Alex Cohen talks to James about what Cuba was like a decade ago.

Click no the blue player to listen to the interview.