Fidel Demands End to Embargo

Until the 47-year-old Cuban embargo is lifted, the U.S. will remain Fidel Castro's target of choice. The former dictator says in an online column that he is pleased with Obama lifting the harsh travel and remittances restrictions put in place by the Bush administration, but that the U.S. must go further. "Of the blockade, which is the cruelest of measures, not a word was uttered," Castro wrote. Striking an uncharacteristically optimistic tone, Fidel said that "conditions are in place for Obama to use his talent in a constructive policy that ends something that has failed for nearly half a century."