Ray Suarez reports on Cuba’s move to make foreign travel easier for its citizens. Starting in January, most Cubans will only need a passport and a visa from their destination country, though limitations will remain on professionals like doctors. While Cubans celebrated, officials in Washington regarded the news cautiously. Continue reading
Ray Suarez talks to Maria de Los Angeles Torres of the University of Illinois at Chicago about how different ideological factions in Cuba see the change and how they might debate the possible economic, cultural and security effects of the new travel policy, plus what to make of Raul Castro’s reform promises to his country. Continue reading
At an open-air Mass Wednesday in Havana’s Revolution Plaza, Pope Benedict XVI called for greater freedom for the Roman Catholic Church, warning against government repression — the closest he’s come to direct criticism of Cuba’s communist regime. Jeffrey Brown reports on the pope’s visit and meeting with Fidel Castro. Continue reading
With Cuban President Raul Castro in the front of a Mass Wednesday in Havana’s Revolution Plaza, Pope Benedict XVI called for greater freedom for the Roman Catholic Church — the closest he’s come to direct criticism of the regime. Jeffrey Brown, reporter Nick Miroff and author Ann Louise Bardach discuss the papal visit’s impact. Continue reading
The grand lobby of Havana’s historic Hotel Nacional de Cuba was humming with activity earlier this month as documentary filmmakers, directors, actors and producers from around Latin America gathered to pay homage to their craft at the International Festival of New Latin American Cinema.
Several members of the Congressional Black Caucus met with Cuban President Raul Castro and former leader Fidel Castro this week to discuss proposed relaxations in travel and financial restrictions. Calif. Rep. Barbara Lee, just back from Havana, talks about the conversations. Continue reading
When Raul Castro stepped into his older brother Fidel’s shoes as Cuba’s president, he promised to usher in new economic reforms. And while Cubans can now get cell phones and plant crops in unused farmland other reforms are coming at a slower clip. Continue reading
Ailing Cuban leader Fidel Castro conceded Monday that he might relinquish some formal leadership posts to make way for a new generation of leaders, a move that raised new speculation about his political future. Continue reading