Tag Archives: Alan Gross

April 11, 2014

CUBA CENTRAL News Blast: ZunZuneo – Is it Obama’s Elián moment?

We return to the Cuban Twitter story and begin with one remarkable, but obvious fact.  More than a week after the story broke people are still talking about it.  The obvious question: is why has it struck a chord? It reminds us of the Elián González matter, over a decade… read more »

April 11, 2014

Alan Gross Suspends Hunger Strike at his Mother’s Urging, Announces There Will Be Further Protests to Come

  For Immediate Release April 11, 2014 Alan Gross Suspends Hunger Strike at his Mother’s Urging, Announces There Will Be Further Protests to Come   From prison in Havana, Alan Gross spoke to his attorney, Scott Gilbert, and declared that he is suspending his fast as of today. He dictated… read more »

April 11, 2014

American imprisoned in Cuba ends hunger strike

The Associated Press – An American imprisoned in Cuba for more than four years after illegally working to set up Internet access on the island suspended his hunger strike Friday after more than a week. Alan Gross, 64, had eaten his last solid meal April 2 and said in a statement… read more »

April 10, 2014

Senate Committee orders review of ‘Cuban Twitter’

Jack Gillum, The Associated Press – The Senate Foreign Relations Committee is asking the U.S. Agency for International Development to turn over all records about a Twitter-like program it secretly built in Cuba. As part of its announced review, the committee also wants any messages the government or its contractors transmitted… read more »

April 8, 2014

President Obama: Answer Alan Gross’s Hunger Strike with Real Negotiations and by Ending Regime Change Programs

Alan Gross, imprisoned in Cuba since 2009, has gone on a hunger strike to protest inaction by the U.S. and Cuban governments in resolving his case.  His hunger for freedom is now more than symbolic, but given substance by his refusal to eat. We call on President Obama to end… read more »

April 8, 2014

Alan Gross, U.S. contractor held in Cuba, goes on hunger strike

Karen DeYoung, Washington Post- Alan Gross, the U.S. government contractor who has been imprisoned in Cuba for more than four years, began a hunger strike last week to protest his treatment by both the Cuban and U.S. governments, his lawyer said Tuesday. “I am fasting to object to mistruths, deceptions,… read more »

April 6, 2014

Cuba says U.S. created other ‘Cuban Twitter’ projects

Marc Frank, Reuters – Cuba said on Sunday the United States continues to use social media to “subvert” the island’s government and that the revelation this week of a U.S.-created, Twitter-like service for Cuba was just one of several examples. The U.S. government has admitted it created a social media network called… read more »

April 4, 2014

‘Cuban Twitter’ heads to hearings in Congress

Desmond Butler, Jack Gillum, Alberto Arce, The Associated Press — The head of the U.S. government agency that secretly created a “Cuban Twitter” communications network designed to undermine the communist government in Cuba is expected to testify next week before a senator who thinks the whole idea was “dumb, dumb,… read more »

March 30, 2014

Cuba passes law to lure foreign investment

Francisco Jara, AFP — Cuba’s parliament unanimously approved a new law on foreign investment Saturday aimed at boosting sputtering economic growth on the communist-ruled island. President Raúl Castro, who was scheduled to speak to the assembly, has called the bill “crucial” to the Cuban economy, which has so far failed… read more »

March 28, 2014

Collin Laverty: U.S.-Cuba people-to-people exchanges effective

Collin Laverty, Miami Herald — I was disappointed to see the way my presentation at the recent Cuban Americans for Engagement conference was presented in the March 16 story Groups gather to push for stronger ties between Cuba, U.S. The story said that people-to-people exchanges “have not worked out.” However, I… read more »