1. On the day leaders of the two countries declared a new diplomacy, many Cubans discussed what the future might hold for their island nation now that the five-decade-old embargo would be eased.
  2. Among one of the more significant changes in US-Cuba policy, US telecommunications companies will now be able to operate in Cuba, bringing wider and faster internet access to a country where only 5 per cent of homes are online.
  3. Despite the lucrative prospects of increased tourism to the island and trade between the neighbouring countries, the announcement of thawed relations has stirred skepticism for some.
  4. In Cuba short term detentions of dissidents are reportedly on the rise.
  5. But some also call into question the US's history of failing to uphold human rights.
  6. The renewed relations have also caused concern for many who want to leave Cuba and never return. The US Coast Guard has warned about a rise in illegal immigration from Cuba. They say this is driven in part by rumours the US will soon end its so-called "wet-foot, dry-foot" policy that allows Cubans who reach the mainland to stay.
  7. Other Cubans who have made the US their homes fear they will soon be deported.
  8. Still, a majority of Americans favour restored diplomatic ties between the former rivals. Even the typically anti-Castro Cuban-Americans are coming around to the idea of friendlier ties.
  9. Many are hopeful the changes will benefit both countries, even if some distrust the US's motivations.
  10. And access to the famed Cuban cigar is cause enough for some to celebrate.
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