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January 28, 2009
Tune in: Online radio show on Cuba and the U.S.

Worldfocus presents a BlogTalkRadio show on Cuba and the U.S.

Jan. 1 marked the 50th anniversary of the Cuban Revolution, when the nation’s U.S.-backed government was overthrown and Fidel Castro took power. A few years later, in 1962, the U.S. instituted a trade embargo against Cuba designed to pressure the communist government.

President Barack Obama has said he plans to ease travel and remittances restrictions for Cuban-Americans, but will keep the embargo in place.

Half a century after the Cuban Revolution of 1959, Worldfocus looks back to the roots of U.S.-Cuban relations and forward to the potentially changing relations under President Obama. and anchor Martin Savidge discuss what Americans don’t know about Cuba and the history of American policy.

Martin Savidge hosts a panel of guests to discuss U.S.-Cuban relations:

Peter Eisner is the editorial consultant for Worldfocus and a long-time Latin American foreign correspondent. Peter is a 30-year veteran of international news and has held editorial positions at The Washington Post, Newsday and The Associated Press. Peter is also working on a book about the history of Cuba.

Arturo Lopez-Levy is a lecturer at the University of Denver and the University of Colorado. Born in Cuba, Arturo served in the Cuban army and graduated from the Higher Institute of International Relations in Havana. He then worked as a political analyst for the Cuban government, but resigned after two years and later moved to the U.S. He holds a master’s degree in international affairs from Columbia University and is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Denver.

Wayne Smith directs the Cuba Program at the Center for International Policy. He is a visiting professor of Latin American Studies and director of the University of Havana exchange program at Johns Hopkins University. During his 25 years with the U.S. State Department, Wayne served as executive secretary of President Kennedy’s Latin American Task Force and chief of mission at the U.S. Interests Section in Havana. In addition, he served in Argentina, Brazil and the Soviet Union.

Associated thumbnail courtesy of Flickr user trailofdead1 under a Creative Commons license.

Host: Martin Savidge
Producers: Lisa Biagiotti, Katie Combs and Stephen Puschel




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Jesus, The Christ said; The second most important commandment is; that we are to love our neighbors, as we do ourselves. Hello! Cuba is our neighbor! Not Iraq or Israel, but our NEIGHBOR Cuba! We’ve punished the Cuban people long enough, just because our hooligan, politicians do not like their leadership, or the outcome of the Cuban Revolution!
John Hazouri
(retired) Human Rights Rep.
for local 947, Teamsters


Martin, I have been to Cuba twice in the past few years on a legal conservation project regard protection. Before going talked with others who visited over the past 60 years – beyond the Castro era. I was surprised that tone source, a now retired National Geographic magazine writer suggested I read about what was written from the late 1800’s when the magazine was started. First I found the revolution was started in the 1850’s with independence from Spain was started.

The issue somewhat resolved with the sinking of the US ship the Maine. After that the US business helped take over about 25 percent of the land to US business. Think banana republics. The situation still remained complicated on who would benefit from the US support. Castro was able to inspire enough people to make a “change – think Obama. Unfortunately, the change was not in US interests.

At some time, we need to thin of the interests of the locals as much as we do about strategic interests.

Neither side has benefited from this past 50 years. We need to think of 150 years of struggle – not only the past 50.

You need to cover this topic again in about two months and find out if we truly are staking a step forward.

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