No Cuban Dissidents at U.S. Embassy Open

Cuban dissidents are not on the invite list for the U.S. embassy in Cuba’s flag-raising Friday, highlighting the fact that Washington is moving away from fighting the island nation’s one-party government. Officials told the AP that government leaders worried incorporating them would upset the fragile advancements made with Cuban leaders. “It wouldn’t be surprising if North American diplomats prioritize contacts with the Cuban government,” the head of a moderate dissident group said. “If we show up, they leave.” Secretary of State John Kerry is expected to meet with dissidents later in the day.