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Stop-And-Go: Cuba's Changing Economy

Nearly two years ago, Cuba’s government announced reforms to bolster private enterprise and slash public payrolls. The results have been dramatic -- the number of Cubans employed in private businesses has skyrocketed 145 percent since October 2010. But steep import tariffs, new taxes and mixed signals from the government have contributed to widespread confusion about the direction of the island nation's economy and political system. Kojo explores economic developments on the island, and what they mean for U.S.-Cuba relations.

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