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March 7, 2013 |

“Was the senator framed?”

The tide may be changing for Senator Bob Menendez.  Since November 2012 he has battled back against videotaped allegations, first reported by the Daily Caller website, of misconduct in the Dominican Republic with underage “call girls.”  This week, accusations are flying in the opposite direction. A Dominican prostitute claimed that… read more »

March 5, 2013 |

Upcoming Event- “Taking Cuba off the Terrorist List: A Question of National Interest”

A panel discussion held by:  The Center for International Policy The Latin America Working Group Education Fund and The Washington Office on Latin America  8:30 a.m. Registration and continental breakfast 9:00 a.m. —11:00 a.m. Panel discussion March 7, 2013 National Press Club 529 14th St., NW, 13th floor Participants: Rep…. read more »

March 1, 2013 |

Senator Menendez: the more you look, the more you find

On December 5, 2012, an undocumented intern working in Senator Bob Menendez’s district office, who also happened to be a registered sex offender, was arrested by ICE, setting in motion a series of revelations of possible ethic and even criminal violations. ICE claimed that it had been ready to arrest… read more »

February 22, 2013 |

Doctor now flying under the radar

A curious angle to the story about Senator Bob Menendez and his relationship to Dr. Salomon Melgen, his donor-benefactor-travel pal, has gotten obscured in the larger ethical churn. Dr. Melgen is the ophthalmologist who donated tens of thousands of dollars in campaign contributions to Senator Menendez, and took Mr. Menendez… read more »

February 22, 2013 |

Héctor Silva Ávalos: The Battle for Washington

This piece was first published in Spanish in El Faro. Versión en español aquí. The Salvadoran political parties have begun to outline – some with more, some with less depth and resources- their strategies to win Washington’s favor on the way to the 2014 presidential election. In essence, this means… read more »

February 14, 2013 |

Passing the bucks

Federal Insurance Co. has asked the U.S. District Court of Maryland to dismiss the law suit brought against them by Alan Gross, who has spent the last three plus years incarcerated in Cuba after being arrested and convicted for engaging in regime change activities funded by the Helms-Burton law. Mr…. read more »

January 28, 2013 |

The [redacted] USAID shell game

Despite the continued imprisonment of Alan Gross, the U.S. Agency for International Development continues to offer contracts that cross the line between legitimate development work and clandestine meddling, reports Tracey Eaton in his latest article The [redacted] USAID shell game. Classified work is specifically permitted by this new program “Support… read more »

January 26, 2013

Could Kerry, Hagel Drive Reboot in US-Cuba Ties?

Paul Haven, Associated Press – The nominee for U.S. Secretary of State, Sen. John Kerry, once held up millions of dollars in funding for secretive U.S. democracy-building programs in Cuba. Defense Secretary hopeful Chuck Hagel has called the U.S. embargo against the communist-run island “nonsensical” and anachronistic. Both men are… read more »

January 20, 2013 |

Memo to President Obama: Cuba has extended an olive branch, shouldn’t the U.S.?

Albor Ruiz, New York Daily News – The Castro regime has eased travel restrictions for most of its citizens, but so far the Obama administration has taken no steps to lift the long-standing embargo. It may be hard to believe but as the newsletter Cuba Central Newsblast points out, since… read more »

December 21, 2012 |

SARAH STEPHENS- Statement on the nomination of Senator John Kerry to be Secretary of State

“President Obama’s decision to nominate Senator Kerry to be Secretary of State should be a positive development for U.S. policy toward Cuba. “Mr. Kerry knows what needs to be done in the future with Cuba, because of what he’s already accomplished in the past: normalization of relations with Vietnam, opposition… read more »