U.S. seeks media guru/Cuba expert

The Office of Cuba Broadcasting is looking for a chief content officer. The position is based in Miami and pays $137,849 to $166,500 per year. No drug test is required, but applicants must undergo a thorough background check. Federal jobs are given risk and sensitivity factors depending on the position’s potential to cause harm. USAJobs.gov … Read more

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Dissident’s arrest triggers debate over funding

The Cuban government calls José Daniel Ferrer “a salaried agent of the United States.” He says his only loyalty is to Cubans who want democratic change. Ferrer leads the Patriotic Union of Cuba, UNPACU by its Spanish initials. Cuban authorities detained him and other human rights activists on Oct. 1. On Oct. 18, Secretary of … Read more

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Former official now on a path to redemption

A counterterrorism expert survived near-death experiences in Pakistan only to fall victim to his own creative yet fraudulent paperwork. Haroon Ullah, once a rising star at the U.S. Agency for Global Media, must spend three months in jail for cheating the federal government, a judge ruled last week. Ullah must also pay $34,388.63 in restitution … Read more

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American Embassy in Havana wants better understanding of U.S. policy

The U.S. Embassy in Havana is offering grants for projects that “highlight democratic values” and increase the free flow of ideas and information in Cuba. Here’s the announcement: The Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy in Havana is pleased to announce funding availability through its Public Diplomacy Small Grants Program. This program supports projects … Read more

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Paper trail reveals foreign influence operations

Foreign powers spend millions of dollars every year trying to influence U.S. government policy. People who fail to register as foreign agents risk jail time. In one high-profile case, U.S. authorities accused Maria Butina of infiltrating the National Rifle Association and other groups to promote Russian interests during the 2016 presidential election. She pled guilty … Read more

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