Cuba denies U.S. claims that it exploits doctors

Cuban officials on Thursday denounced a U.S. government plan to spend up to $3 million to “investigate, collect, and analyze information related to human rights violations – including forced labor – of Cuban medical personnel exported overseas.” The Agency for International Development plan, first reported by the Cuba Money Project, is part of a broader … Read more

Documents will be available in the year 2073

The State Department says it has found 194,000 records that may relate to the unexplained acoustic incidents in Havana, but cannot process the documents any faster than 300 pages per month. At that rate, it will take nearly 54 years to release all the records. New Yorker magazine and the James Madison Project, a Washington, … Read more

Scientists: Acoustic episodes could be bizarre accident

“Acoustic interference without malicious intent” could have caused brain injuries to American diplomats in Havana, according to a study published earlier this year. Under one possible scenario, a covert ultrasonic eavesdropping device could have interfered with an ultrasonic jamming device, creating the “strange metallic sounds” that caused injury. Ultrasonic signals are not audible, but can … Read more

U.S. network hopes to reach 2.5 million Cubans in 2020

The U.S. Agency for Global Media released its 2018 annual report today. The agency oversees the Office of Cuba Broadcasting, or OCB, which is based in Miami. Here are excerpts related to Cuba: In August, OCB began a partnership with Freedom House on a new project called Cubano conoce tus derechos (Cuban, Know Your Rights). … Read more

Cuban-American opinion shifts with the times

One way to find out what Cuban-Americans are thinking is to hang out at Miami’s Versailles restaurant. It’s not the most scientific approach, but it usually leads to Cuban coffee, a pastry and maybe even some tasty roasted pork. For more precise information, I rely on a Florida International University poll of Cuban-Americans. See 40-page … Read more