U.S. budget: $14 million for nuts, $19 million for psychiatry

Every once in a while, I dig into the federal budget to see how the government is spending our tax dollars. Federal agencies reported spending $118,720,386,231 from Oct. 1, 2018, through July 8, 2019. We spent a lot for fruits and vegetables – $234,694,749.05 – but even more for bombs. The generic bombs listing in … Read more

Report on “directional phenomena” inconclusive

An investigation published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that 40 people who worked at the U.S. Embassy in Havana experienced a loss in white brain matter. Authors of the 12-page study, called “Neuroimaging Findings in US Government Personnel With Possible Exposure to Directional Phenomena in Cuba,” said the cause of … Read more

Cubans snag 11th spot in visa lottery

Cubans won 2,703 visas in the latest U.S. visa lottery, outpacing all but 10 countries, State Department figures show. Applicants in Egypt obtained the highest number of visas, with 5,568, followed by Russia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Iran, Nepal, Sudan, Albania, Ukraine, Algeria and Turkey. See visa winners by country. The federal government awards … Read more

Trump nominee to lead Pentagon endorses hardline against Cuba

The Trump administration’s nominee for defense secretary said “Cuba’s conduct must change dramatically before any normal type of military-to-military engagement is established” with Cuban Armed Forces. Mark T. Esper, who was named acting defense secretary in June, said he considered Cuba and Russia to be “destabilizing influences in the Western Hemisphere. They support regimes unfriendly … Read more

USAID will highlight “failures of the Cuban Revolution”

The U.S. Agency for International Development plans to award up to $2 million for human rights projects targeting Cuba. USAID says it will advance human rights through: 1) support to Cuban political prisoners and their family members, and 2) increased domestic and international awareness about the realities faced by Cuban citizens and failures of the … Read more