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Looking back from Cuba
Looking back from Cuba

What does Donald Trump see when he looks out toward Cuba? Havana, after all, is just a few hundred miles south of the U.S. President's own coastal getaway at Mar a Lago, Florida. In Trump's eyes, is the island nation still fundamentally a Communist enemy, even though the Cold War ended nearly three decades ago? Or perhaps, he sees a potential business opportunity down the road for his hotel and resort empire? After all, critics of his first foreign trip to the Middle East are digging up a new series of potential conflicts of interest between the billionaire president and his foreign policy.

During last year's presidential campaign, Trump had characterized Barack Obama's rapprochement with Cuba a "bad deal" he would "terminate." At Friday's announcement at the Manuel Artime Theater in Miami (named after one of the leaders of the failed 1961 Bay of Pigs invasion), the U.S. President, reportedly pushed by past and potentially future Republican rival, Cuban-American Senator Marco Rubio, undid a part of predecessor's legacy.

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The Days After: What Would Happen If Putin Opts For A Tactical Nuclear Strike

The risk of the Kremlin launching a tactical nuclear weapon on Ukraine is small but not impossible. The Western response would itself set off a counter-response, which might contain or spiral to the worst-case scenario.

An anti-nuclear activist impersonates Vladimir Putin at a rally in Berlin.

Yves Bourdillon

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PARISVladimir Putin could “go nuclear” in Ukraine. Yes, this expression, which metaphorically means “taking the extreme, drastic action,” is now literally considered a possibility as well. Cornered and humiliated by a now plausible military defeat, experts say the Kremlin could launch a tactical nuclear bomb on a Ukrainian site in a desperate attempt to turn the tables.

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In any case, this is what Putin — who put Russia's nuclear forces on alert just after the start of the invasion in late February — is aiming to achieve: to terrorize populations in Western countries to push their leaders to let go of Ukraine.

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