Like father, like son: The urge to rebel

Juan Juan Almeida, son of a revolutionary who fought with Fidel Castro, grew up around Cuba’s political and military elites. He studied criminal law and became a lawyer. In 2009, he wrote “Memoirs of an unknown Cuban guerrilla fighter,” a novel that satirized the ruling class. He wanted to leave the country, but authorities wouldn’t … Read more

Intrigue over a $6.4 million payment

The federal government paid $6.4 million to a lawyer who helped secure the release of Alan Gross, an American development worker jailed in Cuba for five years. The U.S. Agency for International Development gave the money to Gilbert LLP, a Washington, D.C. law firm, records show. Scott Gilbert, a partner at the firm, was the … Read more

USAID: Keeping it in the family

The U.S. government has awarded $726,644 to a non-profit group linked to a lawyer who has called on the Trump administration to indict Raúl Castro on criminal charges. The Agency for International Development gave money to the Global Rule of Law & Liberty Legal Defense Fund on Sept. 11. The grant will be used for … Read more

USAID: $1.5 million for human rights in Cuba

The U.S. Agency for International Development has awarded a $1.5 million contract to Canyon Communications LLC, a California company that will work to boost awareness of human rights violations in Cuba and engage “an increasing number of Cuban citizens in efforts to advocate for greater human rights and civil liberties.” USAID says the grant is … Read more

Sexual harassment allegations at the Voice of America

A former Voice of America producer said in a lawsuit that a federal contractor “made taunting, gross sexual comments” to her during a cigarette break, “telling her that she is the type of woman who likes to be tied up and have ‘rough sex’ while moving his hands over his crotch area to show he … Read more