The Listening Post

Cuba: Protesters move from social media to the streets

As the Cuban government grapples with protests, it imposes internet blackouts and jams communications. Also, the rise of the socially conscious sports star.

Cuba is witnessing something historic – the biggest anti-government demonstrations in 60 years – and the authorities have imposed temporary blocks on the internet, making credible media coverage and reliable information that much harder to find.

Mónica Rivero Cabrera – Cuban journalist
Tracey Eaton – Cuba Money Project
Angelo R Guisado – Center for Constitutional Rights
José Jasán Nieves – Editor-in-chief, El Toque

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Whether they are taking penalty kicks or taking a knee, Black footballers playing for England are dealing with online abuse. Richard Gizbert and producer Tariq Nafi discuss the debate that has resulted – about racism in the United Kingdom.

Sports activism in the era of social media

On tennis and basketball courts, baseball fields and in hockey rinks, athletes are putting their political and social activism out there for sports fans to see.

Shireen Ahmed – Journalist & writer
Musa Okwonga – Co-founder, Stadio Football & author, One of Them
Frank Guridy – Associate professor, Columbia University
Khalida Popal – Former captain, Afghanistan’s women’s football team