Prospects for Change in Cuba

An antique car passes by the Virgin of Charity of Cobre church in El Cobre, near Santiago de Cuba, Cuba, Sunday March 25, 2012. Pope Benedict XVI flies to Santiago de Cuba to mark the 400th anniversary of the discovery of the image of the Virgin of Charity of Cobre, Cuba's patron.  - (AP Photo/Javier Galeano)

An antique car passes by the Virgin of Charity of Cobre church in El Cobre, near Santiago de Cuba, Cuba, Sunday March 25, 2012. Pope Benedict XVI flies to Santiago de Cuba to mark the 400th anniversary of the discovery of the image of the Virgin of Charity of Cobre, Cuba's patron.

(AP Photo/Javier Galeano)

Prospects for Change in Cuba

The Pope’s visit to Cuba highlights its struggles for economic, social and political change. Diane and the panelists discuss life in Cuba today and implications for the U.S. and Latin America.

Pope Benedict XVI is conducting mass today Havana. Yesterday he met with Cuba’s president, Raul Castro. Today he’s scheduled to meet with his brother, Fidel. The Pope’s three day visit comes at time when Cuban leaders seem to be signaling change: for the first time since the communist revolution private property can be bought and sold legally and 130 prisoners were recently released, but earlier this week, in response to the Pope’s call for a “better society”, Cuba’s economic minister said, "in Cuba, there will be no political reform". Please join us for a discussion in Cuba today and prospects for change.

Guests

Michael Reid

editor of the Americas section of "The Economist"

Mauricio Claver-Carone

executive director, Cuba Democracy Public Advocacy

Wayne Smith

senior fellow, Center for International Policy
and former chief of the US Interests Section in Havana
(1979-82)

Nik Steinberg

researcher, Human Rights watch

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