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Cuba - Window-dressing for papal visit

Reporters without borders
The Cuban government's announced release of 3,522 prisoners a week before Pope Francis's arrival today for a five-day visit was a public relations exercise that must not divert attention from the disastrous situation of dissidents and independent journalists in Cuba. Did the announcement nonetheless reflect a government desire to evolve politically or was it just opportunistic? It was certainly timely, coming just days before the papal visit and a few weeks before a visit by US secretary of (...)

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