USAID wants its own elite special forces

The U.S. government is moving ahead with a plan to give American international development workers special forces training so they’ll be better equipped to operate in hostile environments. Under the plan, the Agency for International Development would develop rapid expeditionary development teams, or RED teams, that would work with or in close proximity of elite … Read more

Chasing money, chasing ghosts

A woman who won a $100 million judgment against the Cuban government over the firing squad death of her brother in Cuba has died. Lawyer James W. Perkins announced the death of Jeanette Fuller Hausler in a Jan. 28 letter to U.S. District Court Judge Alvin Hellerstein. “Dear Judge Hellerstein,” the lawyer wrote. “For the … Read more

U.S. commander: “We want enemies to fear us”

Venezuela, Nicaragua and Cuba “threaten hemispheric security and prosperity,” a top U.S. military commander said today before the Senate Armed Services Committee. Russia supports all three of the countries – dubbed the “troika of tyranny” – and may use them to gain a strategic foothold in Latin America, said Craig S. Faller, who leads the … Read more

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