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Cuba Move Unites U.S. Enemies With Latin American Allies

Latin American allies as well as leaders seldom known for praising the U.S. cheered President Barack Obama’s decision to loosen a five-decade embargo with Cuba that has lasted since the early days of the Cold War.

Cuban allies Venezuela and Nicaragua joined Colombia and Brazil in backing the announcement made simultaneously by Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro. Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and his late predecessor, Hugo Chavez, have long supported Cuba while accusing the U.S. of meddling in the region’s politics. Maduro said the decision was historic, while Nicaragua President Daniel Ortega, who fought U.S.-backed guerrillas in the 1980s, said Obama made a “brave” move.