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."
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.