Scholarship pipeline runs from Cuba to the U.S. and Africa

The State Department must have some respect for Cuba’s educational system because it has been financing scholarships for Africans who earned college degrees in Cuba. Back in December, I wrote about a State Department program to send Cubans to graduate school in the United States. See “U.S. spends $1.5 million to train Cuban leaders.” A … Read more

U.S. and Cuba: Frenemies?

The United States exported more than $107 million in goods to Cuba during the first three months of the year despite the Trump administration’s hostile policies toward the socialist government. Exports totaled $33.1 million in January, $29.1 million in February and $44.9 million in March, according to the latest available figures. At that pace, exports … Read more

State Department won’t budge on “acoustic attacks”

The State Department today denied the allegations in a Feb. 7 complaint asking officials to turn over a report on the “circumstances surrounding medical and health problems reported by U.S. Government officials working in Cuba, as well as steps that will be or have already been taken to implement” any of the report’s recommendations. The … Read more

Professor alleges corruption in “military-industrial-academic complex”

A Northwestern University professor is suing the State Department and a dozen other federal agencies or offices alleging they are “utterly failing” to obey open records laws. Jacqueline Stevens, a professor of political science, has requested government contracts that she contends will show that Northwestern and other universities provide “goods and services to U.S government … Read more

D.C. lawyers back Juan Guaidó

A Washington, D.C., law firm is representing Juan Guaidó, the self-proclaimed president of Venezuela. Arnold & Porter says its duties may include “making contact with U.S. government officials concerning the preservation of Venezuela’s assets in the United States.” Trump officials in late January said they had given Guaidó control over Venezuela’s bank accounts and property … Read more