Strolling among spies

A new book takes readers on a walking tour of a Washington, D.C., neighborhood that has been home to everyone from covert agents for the Cuban government to Henry Kissinger and Kermit the Frog. The book, “Spies, Bombs and Beyond: A Walking History of Washington, DC’s Tenleytown,” was written by Mark Fitzpatrick, a career diplomat, … Read more

U.S.: FOIA requests about acoustic incidents “not mission critical”

New Yorker magazine and a watchdog group sued the State Department in February 2019 for documents related to unexplained acoustic incidents that injured U.S. diplomats in Havana. (See “Documents will be available in the year 2073“). But the State Department says it has made very little headway in processing FOIA documents over the past nine … Read more

Report: Hostility toward Cuba is counterproductive

Ending the Trump administration’s hostile policies toward the Cuban government will help, not hurt, the human rights situation in Cuba, according to a report released Thursday. The Center for Democracy in the Americas and the Washington Office on Latin America urge the Biden administration to engage with the Cuba’s socialist government. Their report states: Engagement … Read more

The democracy business in Cuba is bustling

A sprawling network of U.S. government-financed groups sends cash to thousands of Cuban democracy activists, journalists and dissidents each year. At any given moment, dozens of organizations manage democracy programs on the island. Public records reveal only fleeting glimpses of the mosaic. Some programs are so secret that the recipients of funds are never disclosed. … Read more

USAID targets Cuban tourism

The U.S. Agency for International Development has given a Florida nonprofit $97,321 for a program called, “Truth about Exploitation in Cuban Tourism.” USAID awarded the grant to the Directorio Democrático Cubano, or Cuban Democratic Directorate, on Nov. 5. The directorio was founded in Miami in 1990. It touts itself as an organization that promotes democracy … Read more