One-two punch against Expedia

On June 18, a Florida family sued trivago, a German travel services company, for “unlawful trafficking” in a hotel they owned before the Cuban revolution. The family of Antonio Mata y Alvarez says trivago, which is spelled with a lowercase t, benefited from the Hotel San Carlos in Cienfuegos and “scores of properties like it.” … Read more

Lawmakers want $20 million for Cuba projects in 2020

The U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday passed a $982.8 billion spending package that includes $20 million for democracy promotion in Cuba and $12,973,000 for Radio and TV Martí. The spending would cover fiscal year 2020, which runs from Oct. 1, 2019, through Sept. 30, 2020. The House Committee on Appropriations included a request that … Read more

The FBI’s dogged pursuit of a “native-born Communist”

J. Edgar Hoover had an urgent request. “You will prepare without delay a 5″ by 8″ white card captioned as above and reflecting your investigative case file number for filing in your Confidential Security Index Card File.” Hoover’s 1949 memo, now declassified, contained all the terrible details about an American writer and historian named Howard … Read more

Inspector General: Cuba sanctions tough enough?

The Office of Inspector General at the Treasury Department this year plans to investigate how well the Office of Foreign Asset Control, or OFAC, is enforcing Trump administration sanctions against Cuba. The OIG reported: Since 1960, the United States has maintained an embargo restricting trade, travel, and financial transactions with Cuba. This embargo comprises the … Read more

Espionage: The Myers case 10 years later

Convicted of spying for Cuba, Gwendolyn Myers soon adapted to life behind bars, telling a friend, “Did you know you can floss your teeth with the elastic in underpants?” Her husband, Kendall Myers, also wound up in prison. He once held a TOP SECRET security clearance at the State Department and earned $131,996 per year. … Read more