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13 Jul 2016 | Podcast

Political Debate and Civil Society in Cuba

The Cuban government is allowing for new debates, but limits remain

Over the past few years, the line for speech critical of the government has been incrementally pushed forward in Cuba. This has happened as the government has implemented reforms, as the private sector has grown, and as the country has re-established relations with the United States.

As Cuba gradually allows more political debate, the conversation is no longer entirely polarized between dissidents and government backers. Civil society now includes independent organizations that are finding a voice on the internet and occupying a more middle ground. How far they can go, though, is unclear.

In this episode of Latin America Today, the WOLA podcast, Senior Associate Adam Isacson and Program Officer Sarah Kinosian take a look at the dynamics behind and within this new space. This podcast is the second in a three-part series about Cuba. Next week’s episode will look at the role and dynamics of U.S. policy. Our first episode in the series covered Cuba’s Changing Economy.

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