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Cuba after Fidel

For almost 50 years, the United States has imposed a trade embargo and travel restrictions against communist Cuba. But in April, the U.S. announced that it would ease some restrictions on travel and commerce between the two countries.

With Barack Obama and Raúl Castro now in charge, change is openly talked about on Cuba's street corners -- from young people testing the limits of protest to the government forging new economic partnerships around the globe.

Correspondent Peter Eisner and producer Ara Ayer traveled to Cuba in the winter of 2009 to determine where U.S.-Cuban relations might be headed and explore the impact of the change in Cuba's leadership.

""Cuba after Fidel" is a collection of signature videos, interviews, blogger perspectives, an online radio show on U.S.-Cuban relations and web original videos including hip hop video protesting politics and a poet praising the revolution.

Cuba after Fidel

“Left versus right” labels should be left aside in Latin America

WorldDesk (blog)

“Left versus right” labels should be left aside in Latin America

As the U.S. protests the idea of letting Cuba become a member of the Organization of American States, Worldfocus blogger Peter Eisner argues that it's time for the U.S. to stop thinking of Latin American nations in terms of "left versus right."

Posted: June 3, 2009 11:14   Comments: 2
Clinton outlines conditions for Cuba entry to OAS

Interview (video)

Clinton outlines conditions for Cuba entry to OAS

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was in Honduras on Tuesday, attending a meeting of the Organization of American States. One issue on the table was Cuba, which was kicked out of the OAS in 1962. Shannon O'Neil of the Council on Foreign Relations discusses what it would take for Cuba to be re-admitted into the organization.

Posted: June 2, 2009 15:15   Comments: 1
Gays in Cuba join conga line against homophobia

Perspectives

Gays in Cuba join conga line against homophobia

Though Cuba's communist government was known to discriminate against gays and lesbians in its early days, change is afoot on the island. A Worldfocus contributing blogger attended a street dance in Havana on the International Day Against Homophobia, led by Cuban President Raul Castro's daughter Mariela.

Posted: May 29, 2009 13:57   Comments: 0
Baby steps as U.S. invites Cuba to resume talks

WorldDesk (blog)

Baby steps as U.S. invites Cuba to resume talks

Last week, the U.S. told the Cuban government it wants to resume twice-yearly talks with Cuba about migration issues. Worldfocus blogger Peter Eisner writes that in the case of Cuba, timing is everything.

Posted: May 26, 2009 09:38   Comments: 0
Will action follow words after Americas summit?

Analysis

Will action follow words after Americas summit?

Worldfocus editorial consultant Peter Eisner writes about the significance of the Summit of the Americas over the weekend and provides some context for Obama's position on Cuba.

Posted: April 20, 2009 13:34   Comments: 3
U.S. lifts Cuban travel ban and commerce restrictions

Interview (video)

U.S. lifts Cuban travel ban and commerce restrictions

Following the announcement that some restrictions on travel and commerce will be eased between the United States and Cuba, Worldfocus editorial consultant Peter Eisner discusses how these changes will impact the average Cuban, if more changes on the part of the U.S. are expected and if the U.S. will ask the Cuban government for changes.

Posted: April 14, 2009 15:23   Comments: 8
U.S. indicts anti-Castro Cuban exile with terrorist links

Video

U.S. indicts anti-Castro Cuban exile with terrorist links

In a move that could represent a big breakthrough in Cuban-American relations, the U.S. has indicted 81-year-old Cuban exile Luis Posada, linked to deadly bombings in Cuba.

Posted: April 13, 2009 13:56   Comments: 2
Splintered bats fly and feisty tongues flap on Cuban streets

Video

Splintered bats fly and feisty tongues flap on Cuban streets

In Cuba, baseball is a beloved year-round sport, played in stadiums and in streets. While it may look the same, it is a far cry from the money game it has become in the U.S.

Posted: April 7, 2009 12:01   Comments: 1
Cubans complain about food, bureaucracy and too few jobs

In the Newsroom

Cubans complain about food, bureaucracy and too few jobs

Worldfocus editorial consultant Peter Eisner recently reported on the signature series Cuba After Fidel. He describes the mixed emotions of Cubans who now enjoy more freedoms but sometimes still lack sufficient food and face ongoing travel challenges as a result of U.S. policy.

Posted: March 27, 2009 09:39   Comments: 8
A fiancée boards U.S.-bound plane, leaving Cuba for good

In the Newsroom

A fiancée boards U.S.-bound plane, leaving Cuba for good

Knowing full well that they may never return to their homeland due to U.S. travel restrictions, some young Cubans are nonetheless leaving behind loved ones and heading to the U.S.

Posted: March 17, 2009 11:52   Comments: 4
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