American Embassy in Havana wants better understanding of U.S. policy

The U.S. Embassy in Havana is offering grants for projects that “highlight democratic values” and increase the free flow of ideas and information in Cuba. Here’s the announcement: The Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy in Havana is pleased to announce funding availability through its Public Diplomacy Small Grants Program. This program supports projects … Read more

Paper trail reveals foreign influence operations

Foreign powers spend millions of dollars every year trying to influence U.S. government policy. People who fail to register as foreign agents risk jail time. In one high-profile case, U.S. authorities accused Maria Butina of infiltrating the National Rifle Association and other groups to promote Russian interests during the 2016 presidential election. She pled guilty … Read more

Cubans are No. 4 in persecution claims

More than 1,000 Cubans filed visa applications claiming fear of persecution from October 2018 through January 2019, the latest figures show. That was more than any other country except Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador, according to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. The number of immigrants claiming a “credible fear of persecution” has jumped from 4,995 … Read more