Beware of socialism, Trump advisers say

Donald Trump’s economic advisers warn that “socialism is making a comeback” in the United States. “Detailed policy proposals from self-declared socialists are gaining support in Congress and among much of the electorate,” according to the Council of Economic Advisers, an agency within the president’s Executive Office. Socialism, they say, may take the wealthiest 1 percent … Read more

91-year-old pact details diplomatic immunity

The “duties, rights, prerogatives and immunities” of American diplomats in Cuba is spelled out in a 1928 agreement that was signed in Havana and put into law in the U.S. in 1932. I learned that bit of diplomatic trivia from the State Department’s 130-page manual on Consular Notification and Access. Excerpts from the 1928 agreement … Read more

Cuba Study Group names new director

Ricardo “Ric” Herrero is the new executive director of the Cuba Study Group, a Washington, D.C., organization aimed at exploring “alternatives available in connection to the possible transition” of the Cuban government. Herrero replaces Andrew Otazo, the group’s executive director since 2016. Otazo “is stepping down to pursue other endeavors,” a Jan. 7 announcement said. … Read more

USAID’s approach to Venezuela

The U.S. Agency for International Development is running programs in seven nations to address the crisis in Venezuela. Those nations include Mexico, Costa Rica, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Brazil and Trinidad and Tobago, according to a map last updated Nov. 9. USAID’s website states: USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) and Office of Food … Read more