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

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

New U.S.-Brazil alliance will likely target Cuba

National security adviser John Bolton on Thursday plans to meet with Jair Bolsonaro, the controversial president-elect of Brazil. “We share many bilateral interests and will work closely on expanding freedom and prosperity throughout the Western Hemisphere,” Bolton said on Twitter. Bolton expects Bolsonaro to help the Trump administration step up the pressure on Cuba, Venezuela … Read more

Lobbyist lands in the White House

One of the most successful advocates for a hardline U.S. position against Cuba is now in the White House. Lobbyist Mauricio Claver-Carone is director of Western Hemisphere Affairs for the National Security Council. He works for NSC chief John Bolton, who famously – and some would say erroneously – said in 2002 that Cuba was … Read more