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Obama bullied again on world stage -- this time by Raul Castro...

Twenty-four hours before coming face to face with Cuban President Raul Castro, President Obama on Thursday continued to extend an olive branch from Washington to Havana — but analysts say there are real questions about whether Mr. Castro truly is interested in friendly relations with the U.S. At a town hall in Kingston, Jamaica — the president’s last stop before heading to the Summit of the Americas in Panama — Mr. Obama praised the “extraordinary” Cuban people and said it’s time for the two nations to put the Cold War behind them. Also Thursday, the State Department completed its review of whether Cuba should be removed from the U.S. list of state sponsors of terrorism. PHOTOS: Masters 2015: Get caught up on PGA Tour WAGs The State Department reportedly will recommend to the president that Cuba be taken off the list, though it’s unlikely that Mr. Obama will announce a final decision in the next several days. The Castro regime has made removal from the terrorism-sponsor list a prerequisite for the opening of a U.S. embassy in Havana and other steps forward in the diplomatic process. Mr. Castro also has made other demands that the U.S. surely won’t meet, such as reparations for economic damages caused by the U.S. embargo on Cuba and the immediate transfer of Guantanamo Bay to the Cuban government. PHOTOS: See Obama's biggest White House fails Those seemingly unrealistic requests have led many analysts to question whether Mr. Castro truly wants to mend fences with the U.S. or whether he has been forced to begin cooperating with Washington out of sheer economic necessity. Still, Mr. Obama expressed nothing but optimism Thursday. Read more: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/apr/9/raul-castro-demands-raise-doubts-but-obama-optimis/#ixzz3WvQZmugE Follow us: @washtimes on Twitter

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