Speak into the brassiere, please

Before the movie “Red Sparrow,” featuring a Russian dancer-turned-spy who uses sex as a weapon, some American intelligence agents purportedly ventured out in evening dresses outfitted with microphones, tape recorders and antennas. That’s according to an early-1960s counterintelligence document posted on governmentattic.org on Dec. 3. The document includes a dark, smudged photograph of an “electrically … Read more

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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

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U.S. ramps up Venezuela effort

From 2008 to 2018, the U.S. government poured more than $122 million into Venezuela for everything from democracy projects to emergency aid for migrants. USAID and State Department grants for Venezuela projects jumped from $6,151,570 in 2016 to $20,874,975 this year. Below is graphic of USAID and State Department grants by year. Many of the same … Read more

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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

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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

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