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

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Secrets along the money trail

Government spending records are easier to decipher than they were a decade ago, but U.S. government projects in Cuba are still cloaked in secrecy. A Washington, D.C., friend said he wondered if finding out about such projects just might be “mission impossible now.” He said: The bureaucracy now hides it under multiple layers of operational … Read more

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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

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Ex-diplomat in Havana: “I was never really given any marching orders”

An American diplomat “created a puppet company called ABS Gazebo” and used it as “a cover to smuggle in parts for the enormous electronic ticker” that lit up the former U.S. Interests Section in Havana in 2006. James Cason told people he “had no more stamina to fight Fidel and instead wanted to setup a … Read more

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USAID pledges $750,000 for political prisoners in Cuba

The U.S. Agency for International Development will provide $750,000 to political prisoners in Cuba, the agency’s chief said Friday. “This will help facilitate information and help document ongoing human rights’ abuses,” USAID Administrator Mark Green said. Before joining USAID in August 2017, Green was president of the International Republic Institute in Washington, D.C. The IRI … Read more

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