USAID pledges $750,000 for political prisoners in Cuba

The U.S. Agency for International Development will provide $750,000 to political prisoners in Cuba, the agency’s chief said Friday. “This will help facilitate information and help document ongoing human rights’ abuses,” USAID Administrator Mark Green said. Before joining USAID in August 2017, Green was president of the International Republic Institute in Washington, D.C. The IRI … Read more

Ex-official: Alan Gross gave hardliners a pretext for hostility

U.S. officials let an American development worker languish in a Cuban prison rather than quickly negotiate his release because they were under pressure from hardline Florida lawmakers eager to highlight Cuba as an “evil empire,” a former U.S. official said in an interview. Cuban authorities arrested Gross in 2009 for setting up illegal Wi-Fi hotspots. … Read more

New U.S.-Brazil alliance will likely target Cuba

National security adviser John Bolton on Thursday plans to meet with Jair Bolsonaro, the controversial president-elect of Brazil. “We share many bilateral interests and will work closely on expanding freedom and prosperity throughout the Western Hemisphere,” Bolton said on Twitter. Bolton expects Bolsonaro to help the Trump administration step up the pressure on Cuba, Venezuela … Read more

USAID: “Spies do exist”

A woman approaches a U.S. government employee who is on business in Moscow. They talk, they drink vodka. The American tells the woman: “I suppose it’s quite obvious that this representative of a ‘decadent Western society’ would like to make love to you.” His proposition was quickly, perhaps too quickly, accepted. The American did not … Read more

Declassified documents: U.S. debriefed Cuban migrants

U.S. authorities questioned Cuban exiles in Miami in the late 1970s to collect intelligence information about the Cuban armed forces, declassified documents show. The U.S. Army project was known as Latin Emigre Exploitation Program, or LEEP, according to a 1979 document posted on governmentattic.org in September. The U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command’s Annual Historical … Read more