Judge tosses claim for half billion dollars

On Aug. 27, a Kentucky company sued a cruise operator, saying it was “trafficking” in confiscated property and demanding damages of $503,234,453. On Monday, U.S. District Court Judge Beth Bloom dismissed the case “with prejudice,” meaning it can’t be brought back to court. Havana Docks Corporation, at 215 Southland Drive in Lexington, Kentucky, had claimed … Read more

NED kept secret more than a half million dollars in Cuba projects

Below are Cuba projects that the U.S. government-financed National Endowment for Democracy reported managing in 2019. The U.S. government financed the projects, worth $5,977,500. Of that amount, $565,964.50 went to undisclosed organizations. Project Title: Legal Aid to Cuban Civil Society Project Region: Latin America & Caribbean Project Country: Cuba Project Focus: Rule of Law Description: … Read more

14ymedio approaches 6th anniversary

Cuba has “the most restricted climate for the press in the Americas,” according to the Committee to Protect Journalists in New York. “Print and broadcast media are wholly controlled by the one-party Communist state… The government targets critical journalists through harassment, physical and online surveillance, short-term detentions, home raids, and equipment seizures.” Despite such straits, … Read more

U.S. seeks media guru/Cuba expert

The Office of Cuba Broadcasting is looking for a chief content officer. The position is based in Miami and pays $137,849 to $166,500 per year. No drug test is required, but applicants must undergo a thorough background check. Federal jobs are given risk and sensitivity factors depending on the position’s potential to cause harm. USAJobs.gov … Read more

Dissident’s arrest triggers debate over funding

The Cuban government calls José Daniel Ferrer “a salaried agent of the United States.” He says his only loyalty is to Cubans who want democratic change. Ferrer leads the Patriotic Union of Cuba, UNPACU by its Spanish initials. Cuban authorities detained him and other human rights activists on Oct. 1. On Oct. 18, Secretary of … Read more