Those pesky middle initials

Earlier today I wrote a blog post about Robert C. O’Brien, the newly appointed National Security Adviser. I was eager share what I thought was an amazing story. Robert O’Brien and his wife had traveled to Cuba in 2002 and it had been an amazing experience, one that caused them to think about Cuba in … Read more

Trump claims to be tougher on Cuba than hardline advisor

HAVANA – Adelaida Borges spent decades as a schoolteacher before finding fame as a fortune teller. Her flamboyant outfits and long, colorful fingernails have drawn hordes of American visitors, from Beyoncé and Katy Perry to Michelle Obama. But for all her powers, 77-year-old Borges says she never imagined U.S.-Cuba relations would fall apart so quickly. … Read more

At Gitmo, dogs get millions, cats get a bullet

At Donald Trump’s request, U.S. military officials on Tuesday announced they were postponing 127 construction projects to free up $3.6 billion that will be used to repair or fortify 175 miles of fencing along the U.S.-Mexico border. The affected projects include a $9,080,000 plan to tear down the veterinarian clinic at Naval Station Guantánamo Bay … Read more

Cuba denies U.S. claims that it exploits doctors

Cuban officials on Thursday denounced a U.S. government plan to spend up to $3 million to “investigate, collect, and analyze information related to human rights violations – including forced labor – of Cuban medical personnel exported overseas.” The Agency for International Development plan, first reported by the Cuba Money Project, is part of a broader … Read more

Documents will be available in the year 2073

The State Department says it has found 194,000 records that may relate to the unexplained acoustic incidents in Havana, but cannot process the documents any faster than 300 pages per month. At that rate, it will take nearly 54 years to release all the records. New Yorker magazine and the James Madison Project, a Washington, … Read more