The end of Cuba’s long, isolating winter

After decades, the U.S. and Cuba announced a thaw in diplomatic relations. Here are 15 key reactions to the news.

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December 17, 2014

Following 18 months of secret talks, the United States announced Wednesday that “decades of U.S. isolation of Cuba have failed” and that the two countries would resume diplomatic relations — a historical moment for regional relations. The news broke shortly before midday as U.S. contractor Alan Gross, who had been held the last five years in a Cuban prison, landed in the U.S.

Meanwhile, U.S. President Barack Obama announced a series of changes as part of the new policy, including the facilitation of remittances, expanded commercial activity, the easing of travel regulations and the release of three members of the Cuban 5.

For those trying to catch up on the flurry of news, commentary and analysis, here’s a summary, in 15 simple Tweets:

Reaction quickly followed…

Analysis too.

There’s a Canadian connection.

And without a doubt, there will be global implications.

Some lives were changed immediately.

And for others…only slightly.