A worker paints the stands at the Latinoamericano Stadium baseball arena in Havana, Cuba, Friday, March 4, 2016. (AP Photo/Desmond Boylan)
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Obama will visit the island March 21 and 22 -- the first visit by a US president since Calvin Coolidge in 1928, and a symbolically charged capstone to the rapprochement that he and Cuban leader Raul Castro announced in December 2014 .Before announcing the visit, Obama had insisted he would only travel to Cuba if the communist government made progress on reforms in areas such as human rights.Obama's Republican opponents accuse him of betraying the cause of human rights in Cuba by engaging with the Castro regime.Cuban dissidents appeared to differ over how hard Obama should push a human rights agenda during his visit.
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