Wanted: Cuba program director

The Washington Office on Latin America is looking for someone to help push for the normalization of relations between the United States and Cuba. The application deadline is March 31. WOLA’s job announcement is below: The Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA) seeks a motivated and knowledgeable individual to manage WOLA’s program on Cuba and … Read more

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NED failed to disclose 21% of Cuba grants

The U.S. taxpayer-financed National Endowment for Democracy in February published a list of organizations that received $5,077,788 in NED grants for work in Cuba in 2020. The project with the highest dollar amount was worth $650,000 and titled “Promoting Greater Access to Uncensored Information to Cubans.” The NED censored the names of 15 organizations or … Read more

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U.S.: Cuban authorities harass santeros

The U.S. government-financed Commission on International Religious Freedom earlier this month issued a report on Santería in Cuba. Kirsten Lavery, a supervisory policy analyst with the commission, wrote the report, shown below. This factsheet highlights the Santería practice in Cuba, providing an overview of this tradition and detailing the religious freedom conditions of its practitioners. … Read more

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A quarter century later, fallout from shootdown

President Joe Biden on Wednesday issued a notice continuing what he regards as a “national emergency with respect to Cuba” exactly 25 years after Cuban fighter pilots shot down two civilian planes belonging to Florida-based Brothers to the Rescue. It seems peculiar that the United States, a nation with the world’s most powerful military force, … Read more

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Biden will engage Cuba, but how?

Mark Sullivan, a specialist in Latin American Affairs at the Congressional Research Service, does a great job providing updates about U.S. policy toward Cuba and other issues. Below is his latest report, which was prepared for members of Congress by Sullivan and another specialist, Dianne E. Rennack. The Feb. 21 document is called “Cuba: Challenges … Read more

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