After more than 50 years of what can only be described bitterly antagonistic relations between the United States and Cuba, in July 2015 President Obama finally oversaw the resumption of diplomatic ties. But now, after a series of dramatic incidents allegedly involving injury to U.S. diplomats in Cuba, this new-found friendship has been strained to breaking point.
Cuba’s stormy relationship with the United States dates back to 1959 when forces led by Fidel Castro took the country’s capital, forcing the dictator Fulgencio Batista to flee into exile in Portugal. In fact, at first, the United States favored the Castro-led revolution. It was believed that this might herald a new era of democracy in Latin America.