Cuban blood match far from over

Sixty years ago this month, Gustavo Villoldo Argilagos died of what his supporters called “politically induced suicide.” The family blamed Fidel Castro and his band of revolutionaries for Villoldo’s death. They later filed a wrongful death lawsuit and a Florida court awarded an eye-popping $2.79 billion in damages in 2011. Since then, Villoldo’s sons, Gustavo, … Read more

CIA: Cubans adept at finding political pressure points

Many historians have described the 1961 Bay of Pigs invasion as a fiasco and blamed the CIA for much of the failure. The agency had different view, saying critics were unfair. The CIA’s staff historian, Jack Pfeiffer, wrote five volumes about the operation. All five volumes have been declassified. Excerpts from Volume 4 are below: … Read more

CIA lists top Cuban government honchos

Below is the CIA’s roster of top Cuban government officials, according to the agency’s December 2018 directory of Chiefs of State and Cabinet Ministers directory: Cuba Last Updated: 3 Aug 2018 Pres., Council of State Miguel – DIAZ-CANEL Bermudez First Vice Pres., Council of State – Salvador Antonio VALDES Mesa Vice Pres., Council of State … Read more

Covert operations now a multibillion-dollar enterprise

U.S. officials approved 305 covert actions against Cuba from January 1961 to February 1967, according to a State Department document on covert actions. Officers didn’t need approval from higher-ups unless the covert actions were expected to cost at least $25,000 – or $200,262.50 in today’s dollars. Today the U.S. government “black budget” for covert operations, … Read more

America’s unrelenting quest to derail Cuba

The U.S. government paid at least $227 million for democracy-promotion projects from 2001 to 2017. A detailed list shows that the projects ranged from complex multimillion-dollar initiatives to grants of less than $50,000. The U.S. Agency for International Development and the State Department managed most of the projects. Annual funding peaked at $34 million in 2008 during … Read more