The rise and fall of ZunZuneo

Trying to create a social network in Cuba is tricky business, especially if you want to hide from users the fact that the U.S. government is paying for it. But ZunZuneo grew rapidly, attracting 55,000 mobile phone users in Cuba by 2012. The U.S. Agency for International Development hired a private company, Creative Associates International, … Read more

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Those pesky middle initials

Earlier today I wrote a blog post about Robert C. O’Brien, the newly appointed National Security Adviser. I was eager share what I thought was an amazing story. Robert O’Brien and his wife had traveled to Cuba in 2002 and it had been an amazing experience, one that caused them to think about Cuba in … Read more

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Trump claims to be tougher on Cuba than hardline advisor

HAVANA – Adelaida Borges spent decades as a schoolteacher before finding fame as a fortune teller. Her flamboyant outfits and long, colorful fingernails have drawn hordes of American visitors, from Beyoncé and Katy Perry to Michelle Obama. But for all her powers, 77-year-old Borges says she never imagined U.S.-Cuba relations would fall apart so quickly. … Read more

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“Dedicated patriot” stole from U.S. government

The former chief strategy officer for the U.S. Agency for Global Media is scheduled to be sentenced on Oct. 11 in U.S. District Court in Virginia for felony theft of government funds. Haroon K. Ullah, a former State Department employee, admitted to cheating his employer out of at least $37,082.49, prosecutors say. Ullah is a … Read more

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At Gitmo, dogs get millions, cats get a bullet

At Donald Trump’s request, U.S. military officials on Tuesday announced they were postponing 127 construction projects to free up $3.6 billion that will be used to repair or fortify 175 miles of fencing along the U.S.-Mexico border. The affected projects include a $9,080,000 plan to tear down the veterinarian clinic at Naval Station Guantánamo Bay … Read more

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