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Massive Upheaval In Caribbean

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Demonstrators write their solidarity with the Cuban people against the communist government, in a rally outside the White House in Washington, Saturday, July 17, 2021. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

Massive upheaval in the Caribbean is making waves ...

First we check in with Catholic Relief Services. The Baltimore-based nonprofit is doing its best to administer relief to the people of Haiti amid political turmoil, gang violence and hurricane aftereffects.

Akim Kikonda, CRS country representative in Haiti, describes what they’re up against:

“Having so many crises at the same time is absolutely unique. And I’m extremely impressed with the level of resiliency that I’m seeing in the population.”

Plus, American University Professor William LeoGrande, an expert in US-Cuba relations, breaks down the politics behind events playing out on the island off Florida’s coast and the weight of U.S. policy.

Links: Catholic Relief Services, Prof. LeoGrande articles in The Nation, Responsible StateCraft, Daily Beast.

Sheilah Kast is the host of On The Record, Monday-Friday, 9:30-10:00 am.
Melissa Gerr is a producer for On the Record. She started in public media at Twin Cities Public Television in St. Paul, Minn., where she is from, and then worked as a field producer for Oregon Public Broadcasting in Portland. She made the jump to audio-lover in Baltimore as a digital media editor at Mid-Atlantic Media and Laureate Education, Inc. and as a field producer for "Out of the Blocks." Her beat is typically the off-beat with an emphasis on science, culture and things that make you say, 'Wait, what?'