Teodoro Obiang might seem an unlikely candidate for warmer relations with Washington, except for one thing — his tiny West African country's got a tremendous amount of oil.
With America looking increasingly for alternatives to oil from the Middle East, West Africa — and dictators like Obiang — aren't looking so bad.
To the dismay of human rights activists, Washington reopened its embassy on the tropical country's island capital of Malabo last month after an eight-year shutdown.
The response the current administration gives about dealing with these regimes is typically that it's best to work within to bring about change. If that's true then why are still subjecting Cuba to an embargo rather than giving it the same opportunities as we do to oppresive countries like Equatorial Guinea, Uzbekistan or China?