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The Cuban Embargo
Should U.S. Policy Change?
Last Featured: 11/26/2007

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With 81-year-old Fidel Castro temporarily turning over power to his brother Raúl, many countries around the world are reevaluating their policies toward Cuba. The United Nations General Assembly voted for the 16th year in a row to end the embargo, but President Bush is not budging. Would engagement reward what President Bush has called a “cruel dictatorship” without any tangible proof that changes are likely to occur? Or is now is the time to lift the trade embargo and throw a lifeline to the people of Cuba who are suffering economically? Join us on this edition of Justice Talking as we take a look at U.S. policy toward Cuba.

Cuban-Americans on the Embargo
Is it time to end the U.S. embargo against Cuba? Independent reporter Carole King visits New Jersey and puts that question to some Cuban-Americans.

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After Fidel
Host Margot Adler talks with author Brian Latell about Raul Castro's personality, transition into power, and Cuba under his leadership.

Brian Latell is a former CIA Cuba analyst and the author of After Fidel: The Inside Story of Castro’s Regime and Cuba’s Next Leader. He is also a senior research associate at the Institute for Cuban and Cuban American Studies at the University of Miami.

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Debate: The U.S. Embargo
Miami attorney Nicolás Gutiérrez and author Julia Sweig debate the U.S. embargo against Cuba. Should we end it? Is it effective? What’s the future for Cuba?

Nicolás Gutiérrez is a founding partner at Borgognoni & Gutiérrez, a Miami law firm. He is a member of the Cuba Legal Transition Committee of the Cuban American Bar Association. He is also leading legal efforts by hundreds of Cuban-Americans who want to reclaim their property that the Cuban government seized during the revolution.

Julia Sweig is a senior fellow and director of Latin America studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. Her latest book is Friendly Fire: Losing Friends and Making Enemies in the Anti-American Century. She is also the author of Inside the Cuban Revolution: Fidel Castro and the Urban Underground.

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The Cuban Perspective
Host Margot Adler speaks with journalist Stephen Gibbs who has reported from Cuba to find out what life there is like.

Stephen Gibbs is a former BBC Cuba correspondent.

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The Bacardi Family
Host Margot Adler talks with NPR reporter Tom Gjelten about the Bacardi family and its long and complicated history with Cuba.

NPR correspondent Tom Gjelten is completing a new book called "Bacardi and the Long Fight for Cuba," due out next year. He reports on a wide variety of international, economic, and security issues for NPR News. Gjelten's overseas reporting experience includes a stint in Mexico City as NPR's Latin America correspondent from 1986 to 1990.

Photo by Antony Nagelmann, courtesy NPR.

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An American in Cuba
Philadelphian Lillian Holloway is a fifth-year medical student at Doctor Salvador Allende hospital in Havana, Cuba. In September 2000, Fidel Castro announced the creation of full scholarships for U.S. students of little means to go to medical school in Cuba.

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