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What’s Next For U.S.-Cuban Relations?

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After 54 years of closure, the U.S. embassy in Havana and the Cuban embassy in Washington, D.C. each began flying their flags once more this week, a symbol of the restored diplomatic ties between the two nations. Here is what we can expect from the relationship going forward:

  • College students now able to travel to country without pretense of learning single thing about people or customs
  • Foreign telecommunications companies to provide Cuban people with greater access to overcharges and hidden service fees
  • Widespread dilution of Cuban culture to accommodate influx of American tourism
  • Your coworker to go on for next year and a half about how amazing the boliche he got in El Prado was
  • A lot more rumba-inspired at-bat music
  • Cuban newspaper readers finally able to catch up on last 50 years of Rex Morgan, M.D.
  • Probably some thinkpiece about how Cuba has started losing its unique charm
  • Additional tropical destination where people can relax against backdrop of extreme poverty