Ex-lawmaker: U.S. should end hostility against Cuba

Mike Kopetski, a former member of Congress, said the Trump administration should give up its “juvenile” approach toward Cuba and work toward improving diplomatic relations. “We’re neighbors and neighbors should get along,” Kopetski said in an interview. “Put yourself in the other person’s shoes and treat each other with respect. They are a sovereign nation … Read more

Closing U.S. embassy in Havana “would make Trump happy”

In December, I traveled to Havana for a seminar called “Cuba-USA Relations: The Challenge of Coexistence Based on Mutual Interests.” The keynote speaker was Benjamin Chavis. He gave me permission to publish his remarks and I quoted him here. Chavis later spoke to reporters, joining Carlos Fernández de Cossío, director of U.S. affairs at Cuba’s … 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

Cuba policy shifts “toward madness,” analyst says

As Cuba’s socialist government today marks its 60th year in power, U.S. officials continue trying to “suffocate” the country’s economy, “like a screw that you try to tighten and tighten, but it has already lost its thread and you can’t tighten it anymore,” Iroel Sánchez says. Sánchez is a political analyst and journalist who works … Read more

Intrigue over a $3.2 million payment (revised)

The federal government paid $3.2 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