Rocky transition in Colombia despite U.S. aid

U.S. government agencies have poured nearly three-quarters of a billion dollars into Colombia since 2017. The Agency for International Development led the way with $349,429,424 in grants and contracts followed by the State Department at $292,510,963 and the Department of Defense at $72,437,788. See details of U.S. grants and aid to Colombia, along with a … Read more

One side wants peace, the other wants blood

Three U.S. senators on Friday touted the Freedom to Export to Cuba Act, which would make it legal for Americans to do business in Cuba. U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minnesota, said in a statement: Instead of looking to the future, U.S.-Cuba policy has been defined for far too long by conflicts of the past. Cuba … Read more

Lawyer: U.S. should disclose secrets about “acoustic attacks”

The James Madison Project and New Yorker magazine are suing the State Department for disclosure of information about the “acoustic attacks” in Havana. The lawsuit was filed Thursday under the Freedom of Information Act and seeks a State Department Accountability Review Board report, which addressed “circumstances surrounding medical and health problems reported by U.S. Government … Read more

U.S. commander: “We want enemies to fear us”

Venezuela, Nicaragua and Cuba “threaten hemispheric security and prosperity,” a top U.S. military commander said today before the Senate Armed Services Committee. Russia supports all three of the countries – dubbed the “troika of tyranny” – and may use them to gain a strategic foothold in Latin America, said Craig S. Faller, who leads the … Read more

U.S. employees rake in big bucks for “hardship” in Havana

U.S. government employees assigned to Havana get an automatic 35 percent bump in salary. It’s known as a “hardship differential,” and it’s given to employees only when their foreign posting “involves extraordinarily difficult living conditions, excessive physical hardship, or notably unhealthful conditions affecting the majority of employees officially stationed or detailed at that place.” American … Read more