The Changing Current

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

William LeoGrande, dean of the School of Public Affairs at American University, talks about how the relationship between the United States and Cuba is changing. Carole Rosenberg, executive director of the Havana Film Festival New York and the president of the American Friends of the Ludwig Foundation of Cuba, examines the cultural impact of this issue.


William LeoGrande and Carol Rosenberg

Comments [4]

Rev Lucius Walker, Jr. from New York City

Travel for Cuban Americans is a small first step. It is more important that we normalize relations with Cuba, i.e., open up diplomatic relations, full trade relations, allow travel for ALL Americans.

Along with lifting restrictions on travel by Cuban Americans the President has authorized US telecommunications network providers to negotiate telecommunication links between the US and Cuba. The last time such an agreement was operative the US companies were ordered by a federal court to seize Cuban assets to pay a fine in a “frivolous” legal claim brought by family of a pilot shot down in Cuban airspace. We hope the administration will find a way to avoid a repeat of this incident.

It is hypocritical for the US to say Cuba should release political prisoners while we are holding five Cuban-Americans in jail for revealing to Cuba the plans of US based terrorist groups who were plotting attacks on Cuba.

Apr. 14 2009 12:58 PM
ana from Queens, NY

It's extremely strange that nobody in your show this morning mentioned Dr Oscar Elias Bicet,or "Antunez" or The Ladies in White or the 200+ political prisoners now in Cuban jails and how traveling to Cuba is going to help these Cuban people at all. As a Cuban born US citizen I am not allowed to travel to Cuba, not by Bush, but by Castro without a Cuban passport that cost a fortune ($400.00 dollars for 2 years)and a Cuban visa. Kind of funny nobody talks about these facts in your show or any other publication, as it's not an important matter. You can argue for or against but please, present all the facts first.
Nelson Mandela and ending South Africa apartheid got a lot of support: where is that kind of information about a country whose goverment is racist, blacks are put in jail for their political opinions? Cuba is that country, believe it or not.

Apr. 14 2009 12:17 PM
yourgo from astoria

during world war 2 japan bombed pearl harbor and the US dropped 2 atomic bombs on japan.
we have been allies for decades now. in the 60's and 70's we where at war with vietnam. 60,000 us soldiers died there. We are and have been economic and political allies for some time now. Whoever is still worried about Cuba and its actions in the past (45+ years ago) has a very unrealistic and impractical perspective on Cuba. Most pf these people are just still upset that this little country was able to stand up to the giant. and that alot of rich men lost money there. Get over it!

The worst thing that will happen is that America will start to culturally influence Cuba and change its current charm. Which is a good thing for America. Love thy neighbor.

Apr. 14 2009 11:25 AM
Mark from manhattan

i'm all for lifting the travel restrictions. However, if I find it fundamentally unfair that's it's limited to Cuban-Americans. Why should my fellow Americans be able to travel to a country that I, as a non-Cuban American, am not allowed to. Fundamentally, unfair. Either we all can go or noone can.

Apr. 14 2009 11:18 AM

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