Did Radio & TV Martí break the law?

A Cuban-American author who wrote pro-Trump pieces for taxpayer-funded Radio & TV Martí was not paid for his work, a U.S. Agency for Global Media spokeswoman told the Washington Post. If that’s true, Radio & TV Martí may have violated federal law. Federal agencies are prohibited from receiving free work under a little-known law called … Read more

Flashback: Beyoncé and Jay-Z in Havana

Jay-Z and Beyoncé drew criticism after celebrating their fifth wedding anniversary in Cuba in 2013. The Treasury Department’s Office of Inspector General investigated and found that they hadn’t broken the law. Their trip was legal under U.S. regulations allowing people-to-people educational travel. The Trump administration eliminated people-to-people travel by individuals and made it illegal to … Read more

Cuba memorabilia fetches big bucks on eBay

An eBay shop has a trove of vintage Cuban paintings and photos up for sale. These items include: Original Untitled Abstract by Tomás Oliva Sr. Cuban Artist Signed and Dated – $2,499.99 Mixed Media of Female Abstract by Renowned Cuban Artist Joaquin Ferrer–Paris – $1,999.99 La Bodeguita del Medio in Havana, Cuba Vintage Collectible Memorabilia – … Read more

Closing books on “Cuban Twitter” program

On Nov. 30, the Agency for International Development closed out its contract with Xavier Utset, described by the Associated Press as the mastermind behind a secret “Cuban Twitter” program. Utset ran the program for Creative Associates International, then a USAID contractor. He later became an agency employee. Spending records classified Utset as an “undisclosed domestic … Read more

Back in the saddle again

As the U.S. government steps up the pressure on Cuba, the State Department is relying on a veteran diplomat with experience in hotspots throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. Michael G. Kozak is a senior official at State Department’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, or DRL. He was born in Pasadena, California, on … Read more