USA: People See Obama’s Visit to Cuba as Victory for the Island

USA: People See Obama's Visit to Cuba as Victory for the Island

On March 21st and 22nd, President Barack Obama will visit Cuba, making some wonder the true intentions of this push for a re-establishment of relations. Our correspondent Bianca Perez has the details.
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Cuba-U.S. talks mean big changes for people living there

Talks with the U.S. mean life in Cuba could be on the verge of changing. While many think this is a good thing, the people who live there are cautious.

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People and Power – Cuba Year Zero

People and Power - Cuba Year Zero

Last year, the United States flag was raised in Cuba for the first time in more than five decades, as diplomatic relations between the two states were unfrozen and the American embassy in Havana reopened.

This dramatic turnaround was preceded by a series of previously unthinkable shifts in policy enacted by the Cuban government, now led by Fidel Castro’s brother, Raul.

The president has been opening up Cuba’s economy since 2010, permitting Cubans to open private businesses and buy and sell property, while foreign companies can now invest in the island nation.

In three reports to be broadcast this month, we look at the reforms that appear to be bringing a return to capitalism ever closer and ask what these changes mean for Cuban citizens and the future of their socialist state.

In part one of Cuba Year Zero, we explore what it means for Cuba’s socialism to make peace with the US government and ask if this decision reflects recognition by the state of a failure to empower its people.

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Cuba: The People, Part 1 [Trailer]

The first in DCTV’s extensive video collection on life in Cuba since 1974 to today, Cuba: The People, Part 1 reflects the warmth, unity and spirit of the Cuban people thirty years after Fidel Castro’s revolution. Using some of the first portable television equipment ever manufactured, the filmmakers travel all over the country, focusing their “port-a-pacs” on the daily lives of average, every-day Cubans. Issues related to human rights, freedom of the press, and religion are examined. The program presents an important historical record and details how the Cuban revolution was coping with the problems of housing, medical care, and education. It presents a counterpoint for comparison of the Cuban situation today.

Cuba ~ The People, Culture & Art

Cuba ~ The People, Culture & Art

Immerse yourself in the culture of Cuba on this People-to-People educational exchange program licensed by the U.S. Department of Treasury. Visit the cities Havana, Trinidad and Cienfuegos as well as rural Pinar del Río. See the majestic Sierra del Rosario mountains. Each day, this program brims with opportunities to discover Cuba by meeting everyday people, artists, musicians, restaurateurs, farmers and more! Marvel at Cuba’s magnificent colonial architecture, see cigar makers create Cuba’s most famous export, ride in a classic convertible and visit the beautiful countryside. Local experts, such as a university professor, an architect, members of the clergy, health care workers and more, give you insight into Cuba’s culture, history, economy and daily life. This program features nine nights in Cuba and one night in Miami. All excursions and meals while in Cuba are included.

Cuba: The Land and the People 1950 Coronet; Pre-Castro Cuba

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“This film is a general travelogue about Cuba.”

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Cuba, officially the Republic of Cuba, ( Spanish: República de Cuba) is an island country in the Caribbean. The nation of Cuba consists of the main island of Cuba, the Isla de la Juventud, and several archipelagos. Havana is the largest city in Cuba and the country’s capital. Santiago de Cuba is the second largest city. To the north of Cuba lies the United States (140 km or 90 mi away) and the Bahamas, Mexico is to the west, the Cayman Islands and Jamaica are to the south, and Haiti and the Dominican Republic are to the southeast.

In 1492, Christopher Columbus landed on and claimed the island now occupied by Cuba, for the Kingdom of Spain. Cuba remained a territory of Spain until the Spanish–American War ended in 1898, and gained formal independence from the U.S. in 1902. A fragile democracy, increasingly dominated by radical politics eventually evolved, solidified by the Cuban Constitution of 1940, but was definitely quashed in 1952 by former president Fulgencio Batista, and an authoritarian regime was set up, intensifying and catalyzing already rampant corruption, political repression and crippling economic regulations. Batista was ousted in January 1959 by the July 26 movement, and a new administration under Fidel Castro established, which had by 1965 evolved into a single-party state under the revived Communist Party of Cuba, which holds power to date.

Cuba is home to over 11 million people and is the most populous island nation in the Caribbean, as well as the largest by area. Its people, culture, and customs draw from diverse sources, such as the aboriginal Taíno and Ciboney peoples, the period of Spanish colonialism, the introduction of African slaves and its proximity to the United States.

Cuba has a 99.8% literacy rate, an infant death rate lower than some developed countries, and an average life expectancy of 77.64. In 2006, Cuba was the only nation in the world which met the WWF’s definition of sustainable development; having an ecological footprint of less than 1.8 hectares per capita and a Human Development Index of over 0.8 for 2007…

Cuba is an archipelago of islands located in the northern Caribbean Sea at the confluence with the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean. It lies between latitudes 19° and 24°N, and longitudes 74° and 85°W. The United States lies 90 miles across the Straits of Florida to the north and northwest (to the closest tip of Key West, Florida), the Bahamas to the north, Haiti to the east, Jamaica and the Cayman Islands to the south, and Mexico to the west. Cuba is the principal island, surrounded by four smaller groups of islands: the Colorados Archipelago on the northwestern coast, the Sabana-Camagüey Archipelago on the north-central Atlantic coast, the Jardines de la Reina on the south-central coast and the Canarreos Archipelago on the southwestern coast.

The main island is 1,199 km (745 mi) long, constituting most of the nation’s land area (105,006 km2 (40,543 sq mi)) and is the largest island in the Caribbean and 16th-largest island in the world by land area. The main island consists mostly of flat to rolling plains apart from the Sierra Maestra mountains in the southeast, whose highest point is Pico Turquino (1,975 m (6,480 ft)). The second-largest island is Isla de la Juventud (Isle of Youth) in the Canarreos archipelago, with an area of 3,056 km2 (1,180 sq mi). Cuba has a total land area of 110,860 km2 (42,803 sq mi)…

The local climate is tropical, moderated by northeasterly trade winds that blow year-round. In general (with local variations), there is a drier season from November to April, and a rainier season from May to October. The average temperature is 21 °C (69.8 °F) in January and 27 °C (80.6 °F) in July. The warm temperatures of the Caribbean Sea and the fact that Cuba sits across the entrance to the Gulf of Mexico combine to make the country prone to frequent hurricanes. These are most common in September and October…

The most important mineral resource is nickel, of which Cuba has the world’s second largest reserves (after Russia)…
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