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Rising Unrest in Cuba

Demonstrators in Havana, Cuba, and throughout the country gathered recently to protest food shortages and low wages. The sight of protesters is rare in Cuba, a country ruled by a repressive government that has outlawed public demonstrations. In recent years, though, Cubans have had greater exposure to democratic principles and practices, and many artists have been leading the call to gather publicly and protest hardships. Listen to a professor of Cuban history describe this significant historical moment and how she believes America should respond.


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Story Length: 6:52

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Listening Comprehension Questions

  • What was one of Malala Yousafzai’s first experiences with the dangers of religious extremism?
  • After miraculously surviving her attack, what has Malala focused her work on?
  • What is the message that Malala is trying to send to those in power?
  • What does Malala want to do in the future?
  • What are the goals of Malala’s mission to support girls?

Discussion Themes

  • What is your opinion on Malala’s message about the power of education?
  • Why do you think that ISIS might want to silence people like Malala?

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