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December 12, 2014

USAID’s Hip Hop Hiccup and the “Smart Power Prom”

A new USAID scandal was exposed yesterday by the exceptional investigative team at the Associated Press. USAID, acting through its notorious contracting partner, Creative Associates International, tried to infiltrate Cuba’s hip-hop community to intensify the political messaging of its artists and use their fans to foment a rapper’s revolution. The… read more »

December 3, 2014

U.S. and Cuba Working On Solution to Free American Alan Gross From Cuban Jail

Jim Avila and Serena Marshall, ABC News — Today is the 5th anniversary of U.S. government contractor Alan Gross’s arrest for espionage in Cuba, and ABC news has learned exclusive details about the 65-year-old’s frail physical condition and his even worse mental situation. Last spring it was reported that Gross… read more »

November 14, 2014

Jailed American in Cuba loses appeal in case vs. U.S. government

David Adams and Daniel Trotta, Reuters — A federal appeals court in Washington on Friday rejected a lawsuit filed against the U.S. government by an American contractor imprisoned in Cuba who says he was not warned about the risks of working on the communist-controlled island. Alan Gross and his wife Judy filed… read more »

November 11, 2014

Senator sees American prisoner in Cuba ‘closer’ to release

Daniel Trotta, Reuters — An American government contractor jailed in Cuba for crimes against the state may be closer to returning home, in part because he has threatened to end his life if he is not released, a U.S. senator said on Tuesday. The detention of Alan Gross since December… read more »

November 4, 2014

Casa Blanca: detención de Alan Gross es un obstáculo con Cuba

El Nuevo Herald – La detención injustificada del contratista Alan Gross es un obstáculo para el mejoramiento de las relaciones entre Estados Unidos y Cuba, dijo este martes Josh Earnest, secretario de prensa de la Casa Blanca en una rueda de prensa en Washington. Earnest también descartó que EEUU esté considerando… read more »

September 19, 2014

CUBA CENTRAL Newsblast: The anti-isolationist, pro-free trade, Cuba embargo supporters

This week, two staunch defenders of the U.S. embargo against Cuba came out against isolationism and in favor of expanding global trade. Huh? Not that he didn’t mean it – although the AP headline, “Sen. Rubio adopts role of foreign policy hawk,” suggests otherwise – Senator Rubio gave a speech… read more »

September 12, 2014

CUBA CENTRAL Newsblast: The Roar of the Lion, and the Sound of a Whisper

When President Obama described our role in assembling the coalition the United States will lead into war, he called it “America at its best.” But, when a State Department spokesperson took a question about U.S. cooperation with Cuba on an issue of “security and safety,” she reacted like a character… read more »

September 4, 2014

Member of Cuba 5 Says He’s Optimistic About Deal

Michael Weissenstein and Anne-Marie Garcia, Associated Press – A Cuban intelligence agent who spent more than 15 years in a United States prison said Thursday that he’s optimistic that softening U.S. attitudes will lead to the liberation of three fellow agents who remain behind bars. Fernando Gonzalez, whom the Cuban government lauds… read more »

August 8, 2014

CUBA CENTRAL Newsblast: Nixon Resigned, but “Dirty Tricks” in Cuba Live On

Today, August 8th, marks the fortieth anniversary of Richard Nixon’s decision to resign the presidency. History has been unkind to the 37th President of the U.S., and rightly so.  In one account of his resignation, Nixon is described as “paranoid, vicious, racist, sexist, anti-Semitic, with a casual disregard for anything besides his own… read more »

August 4, 2014

American imprisoned in Cuba says goodbye to family

Jessica Gresko, Associated Press – A lawyer for an American who has spent more than four years imprisoned in Cuba said Monday that his client cannot take life in prison much longer and has said his goodbyes to his wife and a daughter. Alan Gross was arrested in Cuba in 2009… read more »