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

One side wants peace, the other wants blood

Three U.S. senators on Friday touted the Freedom to Export to Cuba Act, which would make it legal for Americans to do business in Cuba. U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minnesota, said in a statement: Instead of looking to the future, U.S.-Cuba policy has been defined for far too long by conflicts of the past. Cuba … Read more

Intrigue over a $6.4 million payment

The federal government paid $6.4 million to a lawyer who helped secure the release of Alan Gross, an American development worker jailed in Cuba for five years. The U.S. Agency for International Development gave the money to Gilbert LLP, a Washington, D.C. law firm, records show. Scott Gilbert, a partner at the firm, was the … Read more