Chicago delegation visits Havana to learn about communist island

Chicago delegation visits Havana to learn about communist island


LOCAL10 NEWS.>>Calvin: SO SAD FOR HIS FAMILY.>>>NOW TO NEWS OUT OF HAVANA, AMERICANS ARRIVING IN CUBA ON A DAILY BASIS TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE COMMUNIST ISLAND. THE INCREASE IN FLIGHTS HAS LED AMERICAN AIRLINES TO OPEN A SALES OFFICE THERE. OUR HATZEL VELA, THE ONE AND ONLY REPORTER FROM A LOCAL TELEVISION STATION IN THE U.S. TO REPORT FROM INSIDE CUBA SHOWS US THAT NEW OFFICE.>>Hatzel: THIS EVENING WE’RE IN MINERAL, A NEIGHBORHOOD HERE IN HAVANA, AND WHAT YOU SEE BEHIND ME IS THE NEW MERGE AIRLINES SALES OFFICE WHICH IS OPENING FOR THE FIRST TIME HERE IN CUBA. TODAY COMMERCIAL FLIGHT IS MAKING POSSIBLE THAT DELEGATIONS FROM AMERICA COME HERE AND HAVE CULTURAL EXCHANGES. ONE OF THEM IS THE CHICAGO COUNCIL ON GLOBAL AFFAIRS, AN INDEPENDENT NON-PARTISAN ORGANIZATION THAT’S BEEN AROUND SINCE 1922. THEIR GOAL IS TO MAUK AMERICANS AWARE OF THE IMPORTANCE OF AMERICAN ENGAGEMENT IN THE WORLD. PART OF THEIR YEARLY GOAL IS TO TRAVEL TO PLACES AMERICANS DON’T VISIT OFTEN. MASTER THE VISIT INCLUDES TOURISTY DISGUST THEY’RE ALSO MEETING WITH GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS, DIPLOMATS AND ARTISTS. THE GROUP IS MADE UP OF HIGHLY EDUCATED FOLKS LIKE CEOs, ININVESTMENT BANK WISHES UNIVERSITY PRESIDENTS. OVERALL THEY HAVE BEEN SURPRISED BY HOW LITTLE THEY KNEW ABOUT WHAT IS HAPPENING ON THE ISLAND. THE ORGANIZATION’S CURRENTLY PRESIDENT WHO WAS ONCE THE AMBASSADOR TO NATO TELLS US WHAT THEY HAVE LEARNED AND HOW COMPLEX THINGS HERE IN CUBA ARE.>>SO WE HAVE REALLY INTERESTING CONVERSATION ABOUT HOW THE EMERGING PRIVATE CONNECTOR, THE ROLL OF REMITTANCES BACK INTO SOCIETY ARE CHANGING THE WAY PEOPLE ARE RELATING TO EACH OTHER. THIS IS A COUNTRY THAT IS, WHILE IT’S NOT A DEMOCRACY, IT IS A SOCIALIST COUNTRY, THERE ARE LIMITS TO THE POLITICAL AND HUMAN RIGHTS THAT PERSONALLY I DON’T FIND ACCEPTABLE, BUT IT IS A SOCIETY THAT IS TRYING TO OPEN UP.>>IT IS SIGNIFICANT THAT THEY’RE ALLOWING US TO BE HERE.>>Hatzel: LOCAL10 AND OTHER AMERICAN MEDIA WERE PART OF THE JAYDEN AGENDAS. THE CHICAGO COUNCIL ON FOREIGN AFFAIRS WANT TO LEARN ABOUT OUR WORK ON THE ISLAND. THE ORGANIZATION SPENT FIVE DAYS HERE IN HAVANA. COMING UP AT 11:00 YOU’RE GOING TO GET MORE REACTION FROM THE OPENING OF THIS NEW SALES SALES OFFICE HERE IN HAVANA. YOU’RE GOING TO HEAR FROM AMERICAN AIRLINES OFFICIALS, WHAT THEIR THOUGHTS ARE IN TERMS WHERE THE PROGRESS IS GOING WHEN

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