State Department will continue to pressure Cuba

Secretary of State Antony Blinken said today he supports democracy programs targeting Cuba and will look into why the proposed budget for the Office of Cuba Broadcasting for 2022 has been slashed from around $20 million to under $13 million. Under questioning from U.S. Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, Blinken said U.S. officials are reviewing U.S. policy … Read more

Biden wants $20 million for Cuba programs, not including Radio & TV Martí

The Biden administration is requesting $58.5 billion for the State Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development for 2022, a 10% increase over this year’s budget. The proposed budget includes $20 million for democracy programs targeting Cuba, the same level of funding as 2021. Also included in the budget: $141 million for Colombia, down … Read more

No Embargo Movement gains strength

A Facebook group aimed at ending U.S. economic sanctions against Cuba has quickly gained more than 100,000 followers without spending a penny of advertising. The No Embargo Movement, or NEMO, describes itself as a humanitarian project, not a political group, and it has supporters on both sides of the Florida Straits. Below is a Q&A … Read more

A hijacker’s long, painful journey home

As the Boeing 737 made its final approach into Miami, a man calling himself “Lieutenant Spartacus” handed a note to a flight attendant. Unless the pilot diverts the aircraft to Havana, the note said, the passengers would be shot and the plane blown up. The hijacker identified himself as a member of the Black Liberation … Read more