Cuba Begins Public Debate on Modernizing Cold War-era Constitution

Cuba on Monday began a rare public discussion to overhaul its Cold War-era constitution, a process the government is calling participatory democracy at its best and opponents are branding a fraud. Cuba's National Assembly approved a draft of changes to the 1976 constitution last month, including amendments that would pave the way for recognition of private small businesses and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights. The Communist Party-proposed overhaul will be discussed in 35,000...

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