Monday, June 22, 2015

CUBAN EVOLUTION - End of U.S. Embargo Ramifications

"For better or for worse — what would an end to the embargo mean for Cuba?" PBS NewsHour 6/15/2015


SUMMARY:  As the relationship between Cuba and America improves, what will a potential end to the embargo mean for the two countries?  Reporting from Havana, Jeffrey Brown looks at how closer ties to America could change Cuba, and the Cuban way of life.  This is part one of the series, "Cuban Evolution."

HARI SREENIVASAN (NewsHour):  More than five decades after the U.S. and Cuba severed ties, Cuba is poised for some big changes in its relations with the United States, and the way business is done there.

In just a matter of weeks, the Obama administration is expected to announce that both countries will open embassies in each other’s capital.  Last month, the U.S. removed Cuba from its terrorism list.  At the same time, the Cuban government is allowing more private enterprise.

It’s a moment when Cuba is preparing for a very different relationship with its American neighbors.

Jeffrey Brown has the story, the first in a special weeklong series about the Cuban evolution, focusing on significant shifts in its politics, business, arts and culture.

JEFFREY BROWN (NewsHour):  A second-floor bed and breakfast on a Caribbean island, home to Tatiana Zuniga her extended family.

From here, you can sit at breakfast?

TATIANA ZUNIGA, Airbnb Host (through translator):  Yes.  Enjoy your breakfast.

JEFFREY BROWN:  But this is the island of Cuba.  And Tatiana’s rooms are now available through Airbnb, the San Francisco-based online service, a bit of fledgling capitalism in the home of the hemisphere’s socialist revolution.

"Will development help or hurt Cuba’s iconic architecture?" PBS NewsHour 6/16/2015


SUMMARY:  Havana is known as a city frozen in time -- and much of that is attributed to its architecture.  However, many old buildings lack plumbing, electricity and infrastructure.  Now, with Cuban-American relations improving, will these buildings be renovated, or will an inflow of global businesses ruin the country’s unique atmosphere?

"Will better relations with U.S. mean an easing of censorship in Cuba?" PBS NewsHour 6/17/2015


SUMMARY:  Cuba has one of the lowest rates of Internet connectivity in the Western Hemisphere.  In this installment of our continuing series “Cuban Evolution,” Jeffrey Brown looks at Cuban access to the Internet, the effect it has on people’s lives and whether access will change with improved Cuban-American relations.

"Is Cuban art inhibited by censorship?" PBS NewsHour 6/18/2015


SUMMARY:  In the latest installment of our series “Cuban Evolution,” Jeffrey Brown explores the world of art in the country.  He takes a look at the booming and vibrant art market that exists, as well as the limits on free expression that remain.

"What Cuba can teach America about organic farming" PBS NewsHour 6/19/2015


SUMMARY:  Many people in America are proponents of the organic food movement, and worried about the potentially harmful effects of pesticides on their health or the environment.  In Cuba, farmers have gone organic for a very different reason – they had to.  In this final installment of our series “The Cuban ” Jeffrey Brown looks at food and farming.

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