FORMER DIPLOMAT WAYNE SMITH DISCUSSES U.S.-CUBA RELATIONS

01/03/07

 

 

 

LAST SATURDAY MARKED THE 48TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE CUBAN REVOLUTION... A REVOLUTION LED, IN LARGE PART, BY FIDEL CASTRO. CASTRO, CUBA'S PRESIDENT, HAS NOT BEEN SEEN IN PUBLIC FOR MORE THAN FIVE MONTHS AS HE'S BEEN UNDERGOING TREATEMENT FOR AN UNNAMED MEDICAL CONDITION.

CUBA AND THE TAMPA BAY AREA HAVE LONG AND HISTORIC TIES- MANY PEOPLE HERE IN THE BAY AREA ARE CUBAN AMERICAN; SOME STILL HAVE RELATIVES LIVING IN CUBA.

HERE TO TALK WITH US ABOUT WHAT'S GOING ON IN CUBA IS WAYNE SMITH, THE FORMER HEAD OF THE US INTEREST SECTION IN HAVANA. HE'S NOW A SENIOR FELLOW WITH THE CENTER FOR INTERNATIONAL POLICY....

 

Wayne Smith, Senior Fellow and Director, Cuba program: Smith is a CIP Senior Fellow and directs the Cuba Program and is a contributor to the National Security Program. He is a visiting professor of Latin American studies and Director of the University of Havana exchange Program at Johns Hopkins University. He is a former Senior Associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. During his twenty-five years with the State Department (1957-82), he served as executive secretary of President Kennedy's Latin American Task Force and chief of mission at the U.S. Interests Section in Havana. In addition, he served in Argentina, Brazil and the Soviet Union

 

 

CASTRO'S HEALTH....

 

 

DOES THE COUNTRY CONTINUE ON ITS CURRENT PATH IF HE DIES

FREEDOM IN CUBA?

 

TWO CLASS SOCIETY?

BIG INDUSTRIES THESE DAYS IN CUBA

 

 

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