Documents will be available in the year 2073

The State Department says it has found 194,000 records that may relate to the unexplained acoustic incidents in Havana, but cannot process the documents any faster than 300 pages per month. At that rate, it will take nearly 54 years to release all the records. New Yorker magazine and the James Madison Project, a Washington, … Read more

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Scientists: Acoustic episodes could be bizarre accident

“Acoustic interference without malicious intent” could have caused brain injuries to American diplomats in Havana, according to a study published earlier this year. Under one possible scenario, a covert ultrasonic eavesdropping device could have interfered with an ultrasonic jamming device, creating the “strange metallic sounds” that caused injury. Ultrasonic signals are not audible, but can … Read more

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U.S. network hopes to reach 2.5 million Cubans in 2020

The U.S. Agency for Global Media released its 2018 annual report today. The agency oversees the Office of Cuba Broadcasting, or OCB, which is based in Miami. Here are excerpts related to Cuba: In August, OCB began a partnership with Freedom House on a new project called Cubano conoce tus derechos (Cuban, Know Your Rights). … Read more

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Cuban-American opinion shifts with the times

One way to find out what Cuban-Americans are thinking is to hang out at Miami’s Versailles restaurant. It’s not the most scientific approach, but it usually leads to Cuban coffee, a pastry and maybe even some tasty roasted pork. For more precise information, I rely on a Florida International University poll of Cuban-Americans. See 40-page … Read more

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Low-key foundation reveals approach in Cuba

A U.S. government-financed group working in Cuba hired subcontractors from Costa Rica, Mexico and other countries to avoid attracting the attention of Cuban intelligence agents, the organization’s former director said. John Sanbrailo, director of the Pan American Development Foundation from 1999 to 2017, said his organization taught the subcontractors “how they could safely work in … Read more

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