In Cuba, basic aspects of democracy as they exist in the US are rarely seen. So when the communist leader was faced with a free press questioning him about political prisoners on the island, he just said there were none.
Radio and TV Martí, a US government operation that has delivered news and information to Cuba since the Reagan Administration, is at a crossroads. Many argue that the Martis remain critical. Others say the broadcaster is a Cold War relic and are calling for its end.
There has been a lot of attention on President Obama's historic visit to Cuba. But we also want to talk about the Cubans who have come to the US — how they're treated in vastly different ways compared to many other Latino migrants.
As US-Cuba ties warm, thousands of Cubans have left the island, worried the new relations will end a US policy that gives them a fast-track to a green card if they reach US soil. This is one family’s journey.
For almost two years now, Cubans, like Harold López-Nussa, have witnessed enormous changes taking place in their country. Diplomatic relations between Cuba and the United States have been restored. And for the younger generation, the future sure looks bright. López-Nussa has witnessed that change personally. Not only is it easier to travel, but he's been signed to a record label here in the States.
Cuba's consulate services in the US are being shut down, right before the holiday season when people need paperwork to travel there. One expert thinks it is a ploy to get the US to lift its restrictions on travel to Cuba.
When Barack Obama arrives in Havana he will be only the second sitting US president to set foot on Cuban soil. The last visit was by Calvin Coolidge in 1928. That visit was marred by drunken shenanigans on the part of reporters and officials happy to get away from the restrictions of Prohibition.
A statue of John Lennon has been seated on a bench in a Havana park for the last 13 years. Problem was, Lennon's circular glasses kept getting stolen — that is, until an aging Cuban man became his guardian.
NASA's Mars missions may not have been as cheap as the recent Indian mission, but their rovers and orbiters continue to provide stunning discoveries. Earlier this month, one of the rovers sent back a photo that seemed decidedly out of place: a round sphere, like a 16th century cannonball. Meanwhile, in India, women are being celebrated for their central mission in that country's Mars mission. And one man tries to smuggle 51 turtles into Canada, by taping them to his body.
As the pre-trial resumed Monday, the proceeding has almost become a forum to debate how America deals with what the Bush administration called "enhanced interrogation techniques" — what most authorities now call "torture."
World leaders and regular people gathered Tuesday in South Africa to honor Nelson Mandela — a man who was labelled a terrorist by the US until 8 years ago, a friend of China and Cuba, and now a symbol of hope and reconciliation for millions. We also look at Saudi Arabia's interest in its own human genome project, one of the most extreme zipline rides in the world, and a video game where the villian is alcoholism. All that and more, in today's Global Scan.