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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Ex-official: Alan Gross gave hardliners a pretext for hostility

U.S. officials let an American development worker languish in a Cuban prison rather than quickly negotiate his release because they were under pressure from hardline Florida lawmakers eager to highlight Cuba as an “evil empire,” a former U.S. official said in an interview. Cuban authorities arrested Gross in 2009 for setting up illegal Wi-Fi hotspots. … Read more

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New U.S.-Brazil alliance will likely target Cuba

National security adviser John Bolton on Thursday plans to meet with Jair Bolsonaro, the controversial president-elect of Brazil. “We share many bilateral interests and will work closely on expanding freedom and prosperity throughout the Western Hemisphere,” Bolton said on Twitter. Bolton expects Bolsonaro to help the Trump administration step up the pressure on Cuba, Venezuela … Read more

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