Embassy shooter told police he heard voices, was off his meds

The man accused of firing shots at the Cuban Embassy early Thursday told authorities he had been living out of his car for the past nine months and thought Cuban gang members were out to get him, the U.S. Secret Service said. Federal Public Defender Tony W. Miles is representing suspect Alexander Alazo, now being … Read more

Identity of Cuban Embassy shooter is unclear (updated)

Diario de las Américas is reporting that the man accused of shooting up the Cuban embassy early Thursday had been “diagnosed with schizophrenia for many years and is obsessed with the idea of being persecuted.” The newspaper’s source for the information is an unnamed pastor who supposedly had contact with the suspect, Alexander Alazo, 42. … Read more

The fat cats at Radio & TV Martí

The average salary at the Office of Cuba Broadcasting in Miami in 2018 was $109,208.04. That was more than double the average wage of $48,240 in the Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach metropolitan area, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Tomás Regalado, the former mayor of Miami, had the highest salary. He was director … Read more

Public diplomacy or interference?

The U.S. Embassy in Havana plans to award grants to NGOs, institutions and individuals that would strengthen Cuba’s independent civil society’s “professional ties” with the United States. The embassy stated: The Embassy has particular interest in projects that highlight democratic values and increased access to information, benefit underserved populations, promote entrepreneurial skills development, and promote … Read more

Exploring the roots of the NED

I was reading an old lawsuit against the National Endowment for Democracy and came across some history of the organization. Lawyers wrote: “NED acknowledged that it is and was exercising a traditional governmental CIA (Central Intelligence Agency) function. When it was revealed in the late 1960’s that some American private volunteer organizations were receiving covert … Read more