Regime change: Unfinished business

Back in 2013, I started working on a documentary about U.S. government efforts to promote democracy in Cuba. I made a rough cut of the video. It needed more work, including subtitles, but I moved on to something else and the project sat around until I forgot about it. Yesterday, six and a half years … Read more

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American traveler: Encounter with ex-spy was like meeting Abraham Lincoln

Some Americans hope to improve U.S.-Cuba relations even as the Trump administration steps up efforts to strangle the Cuban economy. In December, I met with members of a U.S. delegation that went to Havana to learn how American policies affect ordinary Cubans. Medea Benjamin, co-founder of CODEPINK, a women-led anti-war organization, spoke to delegation members … Read more

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Ex-lawmaker: U.S. should end hostility against Cuba

Mike Kopetski, a former member of Congress, said the Trump administration should give up its “juvenile” approach toward Cuba and work toward improving diplomatic relations. “We’re neighbors and neighbors should get along,” Kopetski said in an interview. “Put yourself in the other person’s shoes and treat each other with respect. They are a sovereign nation … Read more

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Cuba broadcasting tied to U.S. national security

If a lack of funding triggers a government shutdown, any federal employees caught working face potential fines of up to $5,000 and two years in jail. But government activities considered necessary “for the safety of human life or the protection of property” or “for conducting foreign relations essential to national security” are allowed to continue … Read more

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Closing U.S. embassy in Havana “would make Trump happy”

In December, I traveled to Havana for a seminar called “Cuba-USA Relations: The Challenge of Coexistence Based on Mutual Interests.” The keynote speaker was Benjamin Chavis. He gave me permission to publish his remarks and I quoted him here. Chavis later spoke to reporters, joining Carlos Fernández de Cossío, director of U.S. affairs at Cuba’s … Read more

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