Shooter’s flag emblazoned with the words: Trump 2020 (updated)

The man who attacked the Cuban Embassy on April 30 told U.S. authorities he would have shot the Cuban ambassador if he had come out of the building. “He believed he had to shoot first, before anyone exiting the building shot him,” stated a court document filed today. Alexander Alazo, 42, carried a flag that … Read more

Embassy shooter told police he heard voices, was off his meds

The man accused of firing shots at the Cuban Embassy early Thursday told authorities he had been living out of his car for the past nine months and thought Cuban gang members were out to get him, the U.S. Secret Service said. Federal Public Defender Tony W. Miles is representing suspect Alexander Alazo, now being … Read more

Identity of Cuban Embassy shooter is unclear (updated)

Diario de las Américas is reporting that the man accused of shooting up the Cuban embassy early Thursday had been “diagnosed with schizophrenia for many years and is obsessed with the idea of being persecuted.” The newspaper’s source for the information is an unnamed pastor who supposedly had contact with the suspect, Alexander Alazo, 42. … Read more

American traveler: Encounter with ex-spy was like meeting Abraham Lincoln

Some Americans hope to improve U.S.-Cuba relations even as the Trump administration steps up efforts to strangle the Cuban economy. In December, I met with members of a U.S. delegation that went to Havana to learn how American policies affect ordinary Cubans. Medea Benjamin, co-founder of CODEPINK, a women-led anti-war organization, spoke to delegation members … Read more

Ex-lawmaker: U.S. should end hostility against Cuba

Mike Kopetski, a former member of Congress, said the Trump administration should give up its “juvenile” approach toward Cuba and work toward improving diplomatic relations. “We’re neighbors and neighbors should get along,” Kopetski said in an interview. “Put yourself in the other person’s shoes and treat each other with respect. They are a sovereign nation … Read more