The United States has turned off the news ticker that was running across the U.S. interests section in Havana. But though that sign is off, writes Worldfocus blogger Peter Eisner, there's no sign that the Obama administration plans to go much further than that to improve relations with Cuba.
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Gideon Rose of Foreign Affairs Magazine and Carla Robbins of The New York Times editorial board discuss the week's top stories: The H1N1 flu, the Taliban in Pakistan and Fidel Castro and Cuba.
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.
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.
The change in leadership from Fidel to Raúl Castro has allowed for increased political expression in Cuba. Watch members of rap group Anonimo Consejo explain their role in the Cuban hip-hop movement and rehearse their song "Liberate."
Cuba is doing business worldwide, but the United States is hardly in the game. A long U.S. government boycott of the island means most American businessmen are losing out to Europeans and others when it comes to everything from agriculture to medicine to oil.
With Raúl Castro now in charge, change is in the air and being talked about openly in Cuba's streets, from young people testing the limits of protest to the government forging new economic partnerships around the globe.