Scholarship pipeline runs from Cuba to the U.S. and Africa

The State Department must have some respect for Cuba’s educational system because it has been financing scholarships for Africans who earned college degrees in Cuba. Back in December, I wrote about a State Department program to send Cubans to graduate school in the United States. See “U.S. spends $1.5 million to train Cuban leaders.” A … Read more

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U.S. and Cuba: Frenemies?

The United States exported more than $107 million in goods to Cuba during the first three months of the year despite the Trump administration’s hostile policies toward the socialist government. Exports totaled $33.1 million in January, $29.1 million in February and $44.9 million in March, according to the latest available figures. At that pace, exports … Read more

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State Department’s FOIA processing time: A blistering 37 years

The State Department has located 135,000 records in response to a Freedom of Information request demanding information about the medical and health problems that U.S. government employees reported in Cuba. The James Madison Project and New Yorker magazine in February sued the State Department for disclosure of information about the supposed “acoustic attacks.” See Lawyer: … Read more

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State Department won’t budge on “acoustic attacks”

The State Department today denied the allegations in a Feb. 7 complaint asking officials to turn over a report on the “circumstances surrounding medical and health problems reported by U.S. Government officials working in Cuba, as well as steps that will be or have already been taken to implement” any of the report’s recommendations. The … Read more

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Professor alleges corruption in “military-industrial-academic complex”

A Northwestern University professor is suing the State Department and a dozen other federal agencies or offices alleging they are “utterly failing” to obey open records laws. Jacqueline Stevens, a professor of political science, has requested government contracts that she contends will show that Northwestern and other universities provide “goods and services to U.S government … Read more

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