Brazil is now urging its northern neighbour to move faster to lift the blockade, while Chile picks up the trade expansion baton and tourist numbers are growing exponentially. We have two World Health stories and important news of how Cuba is dealing nationally with its ozone-depleting redundant refrigerators and air-conditioning systems. and we lead Inside Cuba with the visit of Pope Francis, following with news of a significant US women’s delegation in Cuba to discuss women’s rights with the Federation of Cuban Women.
Rain came, but not enough; the kids are back to school with much new equipment and we mark the passing of a good friend of Cuba, Giustino di Celmo, who lost a son to terrorists in the early years of the revolution but stayed to fight the blockade until the end.
In Diplomacy we pick up moves to strengthen ties with Cuba, involving Chile, China, Vietnam, and Russia, while out of the recent meeting in Ecuador of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States or CELAC comes the ambition to lift 70 million Latin Americans and Caribbeans out of poverty in the next five years.