Cuba broadcasting: “Essential to national security”

U.S. government-financed broadcasts to Cuba and other nations can continue despite the government shutdown because they “necessary for conducting foreign relations essential to the national security,” according to the U.S. Agency for Global Media. An agency memo states: The USAGM Office of General Counsel (OGC) has issued a memorandum establishing that there is a sufficient … Read more

“Value-added” intelligence collection at the State Department

The State Department has nearly 200 intelligence analysts who provide analysis and briefings for the Secretary of State and other federal officials, including President Trump. The analysts work in the Bureau of Intelligence and Research, or INR, which was founded in 1947. AN INR report states: INR recruits primarily from outside the Department new hires … Read more

Diplomatic posts go vacant under Donald Trump

Cuba is one of 59 nations without an American ambassador. Not even Slovenia, Melania Trump’s homeland, has a U.S. ambassador, a State Department report shows. The Trump administration has also failed to fill an additional eight ambassadorial posts, including: USASEAN (U.S. Mission to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations in Jakarta) U.S. Mission to the … Read more

Beware of socialism, Trump advisers say

Donald Trump’s economic advisers warn that “socialism is making a comeback” in the United States. “Detailed policy proposals from self-declared socialists are gaining support in Congress and among much of the electorate,” according to the Council of Economic Advisers, an agency within the president’s Executive Office. Socialism, they say, may take the wealthiest 1 percent … Read more

Cuba Study Group names new director

Ricardo “Ric” Herrero is the new executive director of the Cuba Study Group, a Washington, D.C., organization aimed at exploring “alternatives available in connection to the possible transition” of the Cuban government. Herrero replaces Andrew Otazo, the group’s executive director since 2016. Otazo “is stepping down to pursue other endeavors,” a Jan. 7 announcement said. … Read more