Mia Lobel is an award-winning independent multimedia producer, journalist, and educator, and served as Executive Producer for America Abroad, AAM’s monthly radio documentary series until December 2015. Over the past decade, she has worked for media outlets across the country, specializing in creating unique content for public radio stations, non-profit organizations, museums, and universities.
President Barack Obama’s December 17 announcement that he would begin normalizing relations with Cuba sparked hot debate on both sides of the Florida Strait. It also began a political process that won’t end until a highly fractious Congress can agree on new legislation, not likely to happen any time soon. Among other obstacles is the long-questioned human rights record of the Castro regime. Independent watchdog organization Freedom House says Cuba falls just shy of its “worst of the worst list” for denying its citizens political rights and civil liberties.