The view from Washington
According to media reports, US President George W Bush will today announce a set of initiatives designed to encourage democratic change in Cuba.
The initiatives will apparently include the creation of an international "freedom fund" to help the rebuilding of the country, which sounds like a reasonable idea even though details are still hazy on how this would actually work.
Other initiatives will include the licensing of private groups in the US to provide Internet access to Cuban students and the establishment of some sort of scholarship program for young people on the island. Again, not sure of the details.
Of course, it’s good to see the White House talking again about the need for real change in Cuba and encouraging others around the world to do the same.
But will it make any difference?