Cuba policy shifts “toward madness,” analyst says

As Cuba’s socialist government today marks its 60th year in power, U.S. officials continue trying to “suffocate” the country’s economy, “like a screw that you try to tighten and tighten, but it has already lost its thread and you can’t tighten it anymore,” Iroel Sánchez says. Sánchez is a political analyst and journalist who works … Read more

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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

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Promoting democracy or shaping a slanted narrative?

Over the past two decades, the U.S. government has spent millions of dollars on projects aimed at boosting independent journalism and the free flow of information in Cuba. The State Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development, or USAID, pay contractors to do the work. One contractor, the Institute for War & Peace Reporting, … Read more

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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

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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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