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

Cuba broadcasting tied to U.S. national security

If a lack of funding triggers a government shutdown, any federal employees caught working face potential fines of up to $5,000 and two years in jail. But government activities considered necessary “for the safety of human life or the protection of property” or “for conducting foreign relations essential to national security” are allowed to continue … Read more

Closing U.S. embassy in Havana “would make Trump happy”

In December, I traveled to Havana for a seminar called “Cuba-USA Relations: The Challenge of Coexistence Based on Mutual Interests.” The keynote speaker was Benjamin Chavis. He gave me permission to publish his remarks and I quoted him here. Chavis later spoke to reporters, joining Carlos Fernández de Cossío, director of U.S. affairs at Cuba’s … Read more