Cuba on Tuesday announced that it would end its controversial exit-visa requirement, which has long limited Cubans from traveling freely to other countries. The Cuban government rarely approved exit visas for ordinary citizens, practically trapping its population in Cuba. The announcement was tentatively seen as the latest sign that the government of Raul Castro (pictured), who took over from his ailing brother Fidel in 2008, is slowly liberalizing the communist nation. However, the government retained the right to prevent people from leaving for "defense and national security" reasons, which is thought to be aimed at dissidents seeking to travel abroad or escape.
THE WEEK'S AUDIOPHILE PODCASTS: LISTEN SMARTER
- How to be the most productive person in your office — and still get home by 5:30 p.m.
- What is driving the increasingly weird behavior of the polar jet stream?
- 43 TV shows to watch in 2014
- Christians have no moral rationale for spanking their children
- How our botched understanding of 'science' ruins everything
- 6 things the happiest families all have in common
- The science of sex: 4 harsh truths about dating and mating
- Why America should team up with Bashar al-Assad's regime
- Should you hope to die at 75? Absolutely not.
- 4 simple steaks you can cook in a pan
Subscribe to the Week