CIA lists top Cuban government honchos

Below is the CIA’s roster of top Cuban government officials, according to the agency’s December 2018 directory of Chiefs of State and Cabinet Ministers directory: Cuba Last Updated: 3 Aug 2018 Pres., Council of State Miguel – DIAZ-CANEL Bermudez First Vice Pres., Council of State – Salvador Antonio VALDES Mesa Vice Pres., Council of State … Read more

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Beat goes on despite government shutdown

Some things are essential even during Donald Trump’s government shutdown, nearing its 29th day. The U.S. government in recent days has been dealing for everything from ice cream and cold-weather socks to a mobile nuclear reactor “that can address electrical power needs in rapid response scenarios.” Records show that the government was looking for a … Read more

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Will it be a feeding frenzy? Or slim pickings?

Lawyers are bracing for a possible wave of lawsuits against people who knowingly “traffic” in private properties seized during the early years of the 1959 revolution. Title III of the 1996 Helms-Burton Act allows such lawsuits, but U.S. presidents have traditionally suspended enactment of Title III. Now, though, there are rumblings that the Trump administration … Read more

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Suspected troublemakers exploit smugglers’ routes

Immigrants who pose a potential threat to American national security are increasingly trying to enter the United States through “illicit pathways” in Brazil, Colombia, Panama and Mexico, according to a new report by the House Homeland Security Committee. Cuba is mentioned once in the report, which cites the 2011 case in which a suspected terrorist … Read more

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Flashback: The Elián González saga

Elián González was just 5 years old when his mother, Elizabeth, took him on a perilous journey across the Florida Straits in 1999. She drowned during the attempt, but the boy was rescued and taken to live with relatives in South Florida. Cuban authorities demanded the boy be returned to Cuba to live with his … Read more

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