Cushy gig at taxpayer expense

USAJOBS posted an ad for a “senior executive” at the U.S. Agency for Global Media, which oversees the Office of Cuba Broadcasting. The ad gives few details, but Joan Mower gladly fills in the blanks on Twitter: Great USG job @ fun, small agency. Good salary ($176,500), no education needed, no heavy lifting, virtually no … Read more

Little evidence of ultrasonic “death ray”

The suggestion that sonic attacks caused brain injuries among U.S. diplomats and others in Havana was “speculative and premature,” according to an Oct. 31 article in the Journal of the Acoustical Society of America. “The evidence to date points away from these conclusions,” wrote Timothy G. Leighton, a professor of ultrasonics and underwater acoustics at the University of … Read more

Like father, like son: The urge to rebel

Juan Juan Almeida, son of a revolutionary who fought with Fidel Castro, grew up around Cuba’s political and military elites. He studied criminal law and became a lawyer. In 2009, he wrote “Memoirs of an unknown Cuban guerrilla fighter,” a novel that satirized the ruling class. He wanted to leave the country, but authorities wouldn’t … Read more

Internet task force findings due Dec. 6

The State Department plans a public meeting of the Cuba Internet Task Force on Dec. 6 in Washington, D.C. Officials created the task force in January as part of U.S. efforts to “cancel” what President Trump described as “the last administration’s completely one-sided deal with Cuba.” The meeting is set for 3:30 p.m. to 5 … Read more

Gitmo’s $32 million Internet connection

From 2014 to 2017, the U.S. Department of Defense paid a Texas contractor $32,751,360 to build an undersea fiber-optic cable from Dania Beach, Florida, to the Naval Station at Guantánamo, Cuba. Ronald Bechtold, former chief information officer under then-Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, testified in 2013 that the Pentagon planned to eventually extend the cable … Read more