Florida lawmaker calls for “boots on the ground” in Cuba

When lawmakers met to discuss U.S. policy toward Cuba, Rep. Paul Cook, R-Calif., scolded Cuba for its “close relations with Russia.” He might as well have criticized the Trump administration for the same. But the hearing was about Cuba, not Russia, and the unexplained health attacks on U.S. personnel in Havana topped the agenda. Said … Read more

U.S. official threatens to quit Internet task force

Tomás Regalado, director of the Office of Cuba Broadcasting, threatened to resign from the Cuba Internet Task Force if members did not agree to reject any deals with the Cuban government. Radio & TV Martí quoted Regalado as saying: My position was very clear. I said that as a member of this commission I asked, … Read more

U.S. spends $1.5 million to train Cuban leaders

In June 2015, the State Department announced a program to send at least 15 Cubans to graduate school in the United States so they could “more effectively establish, lead, manage, and grow independent organizations in Cuba.” On Sept. 30, 2015, the International Research and Exchanges Board, or IREX, snagged the contract, worth $1,584,158. The Cuban … Read more

Back in the saddle again

As the U.S. government steps up the pressure on Cuba, the State Department is relying on a veteran diplomat with experience in hotspots throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. Michael G. Kozak is a senior official at State Department’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, or DRL. He was born in Pasadena, California, on … Read more

U.S. government broke Guantánamo lease

The U.S. government has tried to topple the Cuban government, kill its president, strangle its economy. Now add this minor indignity: The U.S. “is technically in default” of a 1901 treaty allowing a military base at Guantánamo in Cuba, a State Department official wrote in 2006. That’s because the lease says the base can only … Read more