Spirit of giving comes and goes

Then-President Raúl Castro sent Barack Obama a flurry of gifts in the months before the United States and Cuba restored diplomatic relations in 2015. Records show the gifts included: Bust of Abraham Lincoln, hand carved from wood, clothed in double-breasted jacket and bow tie, cut roughly at the base as if from a tree and … Read more

State Department’s Cuba strategy

Integrated Country Strategy Cuba Table of Contents 1. Chief of Mission Priorities …………………………………………………………………………………………………. 2 2. Mission Strategic Framework ……………………………………………………………………………………………. 7 3. Mission Goals and Objectives ……………………………………………………………………………………………. 8 4. Management Objectives………………………………………………………………………………………………….11 1. Chief of Mission Priorities Miguel Diaz-Canel was appointed president of Cuba, replacing his mentor, Raul Castro, on April 19, 2018, and since then, there … Read more

Florida lawmaker calls for “boots on the ground” in Cuba

When lawmakers met to discuss U.S. policy toward Cuba, Rep. Paul Cook, R-Calif., scolded Cuba for its “close relations with Russia.” He might as well have criticized the Trump administration for the same. But the hearing was about Cuba, not Russia, and the unexplained health attacks on U.S. personnel in Havana topped the agenda. Said … Read more

U.S. government broke Guantánamo lease

The U.S. government has tried to topple the Cuban government, kill its president, strangle its economy. Now add this minor indignity: The U.S. “is technically in default” of a 1901 treaty allowing a military base at Guantánamo in Cuba, a State Department official wrote in 2006. That’s because the lease says the base can only … Read more

U.S. expected to tighten the screws

Every president since 1996 has suspended a provision in U.S. law that would allow Americans to sue Cuba over properties seized after the 1959 revolution. Hardliners in the Trump Administration may change all that, allowing such lawsuits for the first time, a move that critics say would flood U.S. courts, damage the Cuban economy and … Read more