U.S. plans new satellite service in Cuba

The Office of Cuba Broadcasting is hiring a Miami company to send live broadcasts, audio files, videos and documents into homes throughout Cuba. The $558,000 project will enhance “the viewing experience for the clandestine viewers and listeners,” according to the Office of Cuba Broadcasting, or OCB. Users would need a satellite dish measuring at least … Read more

Cuban ambassador touts people-to-people diplomacy

TAMPA – More than a million Americans and Cuban-Americans visited Cuba in 2017 and 2018, the Cuban ambassador to the U.S. said today. “Never before we have had that amount of people coming to Cuba” from the United States, José Ramón Cabañas said. The flood of visitors helped boost relations between the people of both … Read more

Lawyers wrangle over “illegal trafficking” of property

Lawyers for a Jacksonville family whose businesses were confiscated in Cuba before the revolution urged a federal judge today not to dismiss their lawsuit against Carnival Cruise Lines. Javier Garcia-Bengochea, a Jacksonville neurosurgeon, sued the cruise company on May 2, saying it was “illegally trafficking” in the waterfront properties that his family owned in Santiago … Read more

Lawmakers want $20 million for Cuba projects in 2020

The U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday passed a $982.8 billion spending package that includes $20 million for democracy promotion in Cuba and $12,973,000 for Radio and TV Martí. The spending would cover fiscal year 2020, which runs from Oct. 1, 2019, through Sept. 30, 2020. The House Committee on Appropriations included a request that … Read more

The FBI’s dogged pursuit of a “native-born Communist”

J. Edgar Hoover had an urgent request. “You will prepare without delay a 5″ by 8″ white card captioned as above and reflecting your investigative case file number for filing in your Confidential Security Index Card File.” Hoover’s 1949 memo, now declassified, contained all the terrible details about an American writer and historian named Howard … Read more