Neighborly Advice

Obama to Castro: Shape Up

When Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez visited the United States earlier this month, he left with a message from President Barack Obama for Cuba's President Raul Castro: it's time for reform. A U.S. official told Reuters that the president wanted to "urge the Castro regime to take steps to reform and improve human rights." Spain's El País newspaper has reported that Obama also hinted that new relations between the U.S. and Cuba could be possible. "We're taking steps, but if they don't take steps too, it's going to be very hard for us to continue," the paper quoted Obama as saying.