The rise and fall of ZunZuneo

Trying to create a social network in Cuba is tricky business, especially if you want to hide from users the fact that the U.S. government is paying for it. But ZunZuneo grew rapidly, attracting 55,000 mobile phone users in Cuba by 2012. The U.S. Agency for International Development hired a private company, Creative Associates International, … Read more

Trump claims to be tougher on Cuba than hardline advisor

HAVANA – Adelaida Borges spent decades as a schoolteacher before finding fame as a fortune teller. Her flamboyant outfits and long, colorful fingernails have drawn hordes of American visitors, from Beyoncé and Katy Perry to Michelle Obama. But for all her powers, 77-year-old Borges says she never imagined U.S.-Cuba relations would fall apart so quickly. … Read more

“Dedicated patriot” stole from U.S. government

The former chief strategy officer for the U.S. Agency for Global Media is scheduled to be sentenced on Oct. 11 in U.S. District Court in Virginia for felony theft of government funds. Haroon K. Ullah, a former State Department employee, admitted to cheating his employer out of at least $37,082.49, prosecutors say. Ullah is a … Read more

At Gitmo, dogs get millions, cats get a bullet

At Donald Trump’s request, U.S. military officials on Tuesday announced they were postponing 127 construction projects to free up $3.6 billion that will be used to repair or fortify 175 miles of fencing along the U.S.-Mexico border. The affected projects include a $9,080,000 plan to tear down the veterinarian clinic at Naval Station Guantánamo Bay … Read more

U.S. tightens Cuba sanctions once again

New Treasury Department regulations will limit remittances to Cuba to no more than $4,000 per year per person. Treasury’s Office of Foreign Asset Control, or OFAC, enforces U.S. sanctions against Cuba. The new rules , scheduled to be published on Sept. 9, state: OFAC is amending § 515.570(a), which authorizes family remittances, to place a … Read more