Beat goes on despite government shutdown

Some things are essential even during Donald Trump’s government shutdown, nearing its 29th day. The U.S. government in recent days has been dealing for everything from ice cream and cold-weather socks to a mobile nuclear reactor “that can address electrical power needs in rapid response scenarios.” Records show that the government was looking for a … Read more

Will it be a feeding frenzy? Or slim pickings?

Lawyers are bracing for a possible wave of lawsuits against people who knowingly “traffic” in private properties seized during the early years of the 1959 revolution. Title III of the 1996 Helms-Burton Act allows such lawsuits, but U.S. presidents have traditionally suspended enactment of Title III. Now, though, there are rumblings that the Trump administration … Read more

Suspected troublemakers exploit smugglers’ routes

Immigrants who pose a potential threat to American national security are increasingly trying to enter the United States through “illicit pathways” in Brazil, Colombia, Panama and Mexico, according to a new report by the House Homeland Security Committee. Cuba is mentioned once in the report, which cites the 2011 case in which a suspected terrorist … Read more

Private sector urges talks with Cuba over Internet use

Representatives of private communication and technology companies recommended in December that the U.S. government “initiate a dialogue with the Cuban government and private sector leaders to share best practices” on use of the Internet. But leaders of the Freedom House and the Office of Cuba Broadcasting sharply disagreed and urged the State Department’s Cuba Internet … Read more

Cuba broadcasting: “Essential to national security”

U.S. government-financed broadcasts to Cuba and other nations can continue despite the government shutdown because they “necessary for conducting foreign relations essential to the national security,” according to the U.S. Agency for Global Media. An agency memo states: The USAGM Office of General Counsel (OGC) has issued a memorandum establishing that there is a sufficient … Read more