“Dedicated patriot” stole from U.S. government

The former chief strategy officer for the U.S. Agency for Global Media is scheduled to be sentenced on Oct. 11 in U.S. District Court in Virginia for felony theft of government funds. Haroon K. Ullah, a former State Department employee, admitted to cheating his employer out of at least $37,082.49, prosecutors say. Ullah is a … Read more

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At Gitmo, dogs get millions, cats get a bullet

At Donald Trump’s request, U.S. military officials on Tuesday announced they were postponing 127 construction projects to free up $3.6 billion that will be used to repair or fortify 175 miles of fencing along the U.S.-Mexico border. The affected projects include a $9,080,000 plan to tear down the veterinarian clinic at Naval Station Guantánamo Bay … Read more

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U.S. tightens Cuba sanctions once again

New Treasury Department regulations will limit remittances to Cuba to no more than $4,000 per year per person. Treasury’s Office of Foreign Asset Control, or OFAC, enforces U.S. sanctions against Cuba. The new rules , scheduled to be published on Sept. 9, state: OFAC is amending § 515.570(a), which authorizes family remittances, to place a … Read more

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Cuba denies U.S. claims that it exploits doctors

Cuban officials on Thursday denounced a U.S. government plan to spend up to $3 million to “investigate, collect, and analyze information related to human rights violations – including forced labor – of Cuban medical personnel exported overseas.” The Agency for International Development plan, first reported by the Cuba Money Project, is part of a broader … Read more

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Documents will be available in the year 2073

The State Department says it has found 194,000 records that may relate to the unexplained acoustic incidents in Havana, but cannot process the documents any faster than 300 pages per month. At that rate, it will take nearly 54 years to release all the records. New Yorker magazine and the James Madison Project, a Washington, … Read more

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