Exploring the roots of the NED

I was reading an old lawsuit against the National Endowment for Democracy and came across some history of the organization. Lawyers wrote: “NED acknowledged that it is and was exercising a traditional governmental CIA (Central Intelligence Agency) function. When it was revealed in the late 1960’s that some American private volunteer organizations were receiving covert … Read more

Was lawsuit over Cuban doctors a publicity stunt?

A lawsuit accusing the Pan American Health Organization of “enabling, managing and enforcing illegal human trafficking of Cuban medical professionals in Brazil” has been stalled since June. A debate over jurisdiction has caused some delays. The PAHO wants the case transferred to Washington, D.C., where the organization is based. Lawyers for Cuban doctors who sued … Read more

American traveler: Encounter with ex-spy was like meeting Abraham Lincoln

Some Americans hope to improve U.S.-Cuba relations even as the Trump administration steps up efforts to strangle the Cuban economy. In December, I met with members of a U.S. delegation that went to Havana to learn how American policies affect ordinary Cubans. Medea Benjamin, co-founder of CODEPINK, a women-led anti-war organization, spoke to delegation members … Read more

Ex-lawmaker: U.S. should end hostility against Cuba

Mike Kopetski, a former member of Congress, said the Trump administration should give up its “juvenile” approach toward Cuba and work toward improving diplomatic relations. “We’re neighbors and neighbors should get along,” Kopetski said in an interview. “Put yourself in the other person’s shoes and treat each other with respect. They are a sovereign nation … Read more

Cuba broadcasting tied to U.S. national security

If a lack of funding triggers a government shutdown, any federal employees caught working face potential fines of up to $5,000 and two years in jail. But government activities considered necessary “for the safety of human life or the protection of property” or “for conducting foreign relations essential to national security” are allowed to continue … Read more