Those dastardly crickets

The sound of a supposed sonic attack in Havana matches that of a Caribbean cricket, a new study reports. U.S. personnel in Cuba recorded what they believed to be an acoustic attack and gave it to the Associated Press in October 2017. Biologists Alexander L. Stubbs and Fernando Montealegre compared the AP recording to the … Read more

U.S. official threatens to quit Internet task force

Tomás Regalado, director of the Office of Cuba Broadcasting, threatened to resign from the Cuba Internet Task Force if members did not agree to reject any deals with the Cuban government. Radio & TV Martí quoted Regalado as saying: My position was very clear. I said that as a member of this commission I asked, … Read more

USAID pledges $750,000 for political prisoners in Cuba

The U.S. Agency for International Development will provide $750,000 to political prisoners in Cuba, the agency’s chief said Friday. “This will help facilitate information and help document ongoing human rights’ abuses,” USAID Administrator Mark Green said. Before joining USAID in August 2017, Green was president of the International Republic Institute in Washington, D.C. The IRI … Read more

New U.S.-Brazil alliance will likely target Cuba

National security adviser John Bolton on Thursday plans to meet with Jair Bolsonaro, the controversial president-elect of Brazil. “We share many bilateral interests and will work closely on expanding freedom and prosperity throughout the Western Hemisphere,” Bolton said on Twitter. Bolton expects Bolsonaro to help the Trump administration step up the pressure on Cuba, Venezuela … Read more

Internet task force findings due Dec. 6

The State Department plans a public meeting of the Cuba Internet Task Force on Dec. 6 in Washington, D.C. Officials created the task force in January as part of U.S. efforts to “cancel” what President Trump described as “the last administration’s completely one-sided deal with Cuba.” The meeting is set for 3:30 p.m. to 5 … Read more