Cuba

Politics

No cigar just yet: Many obstacles remain before complete normalization with Cuba

President Barack Obama’s December 17 announcement that he would begin normalizing relations with Cuba sparked hot debate on both sides of the Florida Strait. It also began a political process that won’t end until a highly fractious Congress can agree on new legislation, not likely to happen any time soon. Among other obstacles is the long-questioned human rights record of the Castro regime. Independent watchdog organization Freedom House says Cuba falls just shy of its “worst of the worst list” for denying its citizens political rights and civil liberties.

Development & Education

Getting Cubans online

Cubans are eager to get more online access. But will their government permit it? Anchor Marco Werman speaks with Robert Faris of Harvard's Berkman Center for Internet & Society about why Cubans are having such a tough time logging on.

Arts, Culture & Media

Cuban pianist Chucho Valdes

For today's Global Hit, the story behind a song. Cuban pianist Chucho Valdes' celebrates the connection he feels between Cuba and New Orleans with his composition ?New Orleans', one of the tracks on his new recording ?Chucho's Steps'.

Politics

The Pope Visits Cuba

The Pope begins his visit to Cuba on Monday. Many Cubans are ecstatic that the pontiff has chosen to honor Catholics on their island nation. Others worry that the visit overshadows continued political repression.