Cuba's leaders raised their voices again at a ceremony to commemorate a crucial moment in the island's history. The Cuban government once again demanded the U.S. lift the 50-year-old economic blockade on the island and to return the occupied territory of Guantanamo. President Obama’s top counterterrorism adviser, Lisa Monaco, recently outlined details of a plan to close the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay. However, the plan has been meet with skepticism and criticism from Republicans in Congress.
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Sheila Samples is an Oklahoma writer and a former civilian US Army Public Information Officer. She is a Managing Editor for OpEd News, and a regular contributor for a variety of Internet sites.