Cuban ambassador touts people-to-people diplomacy

TAMPA – More than a million Americans and Cuban-Americans visited Cuba in 2017 and 2018, the Cuban ambassador to the U.S. said today. “Never before we have had that amount of people coming to Cuba” from the United States, José Ramón Cabañas said. The flood of visitors helped boost relations between the people of both … Read more

Lawmakers want $20 million for Cuba projects in 2020

The U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday passed a $982.8 billion spending package that includes $20 million for democracy promotion in Cuba and $12,973,000 for Radio and TV Martí. The spending would cover fiscal year 2020, which runs from Oct. 1, 2019, through Sept. 30, 2020. The House Committee on Appropriations included a request that … Read more

Inspector General: Cuba sanctions tough enough?

The Office of Inspector General at the Treasury Department this year plans to investigate how well the Office of Foreign Asset Control, or OFAC, is enforcing Trump administration sanctions against Cuba. The OIG reported: Since 1960, the United States has maintained an embargo restricting trade, travel, and financial transactions with Cuba. This embargo comprises the … Read more

Espionage: The Myers case 10 years later

Convicted of spying for Cuba, Gwendolyn Myers soon adapted to life behind bars, telling a friend, “Did you know you can floss your teeth with the elastic in underpants?” Her husband, Kendall Myers, also wound up in prison. He once held a TOP SECRET security clearance at the State Department and earned $131,996 per year. … Read more

Cuba spending under Trump

The State Department and Agency for International Development report spending $22,093,043 on Cuba-related projects since Donald Trump took office in January 2017. That included $2,762,161 for migrant programs at the U.S. Naval Base at Guantánamo, $2,533,701 for administration and oversight and $162,618 for resettlement programs in Havana. The amount leftover was $16,634,563. The State Department … Read more