Tag Archives: Catholic Church

April 22, 2014

SARAH STEPHENS: From the Bay of Pigs to the ‘Bay of Tweets’

Last week, the John F. Kennedy Library marked the 53rd anniversary of what it called “a botched invasion at the Bay of Pigs on the south coast of Cuba.” The invasion was a CIA covert operation with the goal of overthrowing the Castro government. President Kennedy was determined to conceal U.S. support… read more »

April 22, 2014

Cuban-American Leaders Helped ‘Cuban Twitter’

Christine Armario and Laura Wides-Muñoz, The Associated Press — Leaders with the largest nonprofit organization for young Cuban-Americans quietly provided strategic support for the federal government’s secret “Cuban Twitter” program, connecting contractors with potential investors and even serving as paid consultants, The Associated Press has learned. Interviews and documents obtained… read more »

April 20, 2014

Cuban Reps Want Answers About Maryland’s Alan Gross

Ilana Shulevitz,  Capital News Service – Representatives from the Cuban Interests Section said last week that until the Obama administration fully addresses Maryland resident Alan Gross’ intentions in Cuba, relations between the two countries will not improve. Gross, a contractor for the U.S. Agency for International Development, was arrested in December 2009… read more »

April 19, 2014

Company fined $5.9 million for travel to Cuba

Juan O. Tamayo, Miami Herald – A major Netherlands company that handled the travel of 44,430 people to and from Cuba will pay $5.9 million to the U.S. government to settle a complaint that it violated the trade embargo on the island, the U.S. Treasury Department has announced. Treasury’s announcement said… read more »

April 16, 2014

SARAH STEPHENS: USAID’s Twitter Trojan Horse

More than a week after the story broke, why are we still talking about USAID and the Cuban Twitter scandal? Why has it struck such a chord? Think about the Elián González saga from fifteen years ago. He was the six year old boy plucked from the ocean after the… read more »

April 15, 2014

Cuba makes Good Friday an official holiday

EFE – Cuba has now made Good Friday an official national holiday after restoring that Catholic feast as an “exceptional” measure when Pope Benedict XVI visited the island in 2012. The new Labor Code, passed by the National Assembly in December, established Good Friday as a holiday “every year,” Communist Party… 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 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 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 »

March 14, 2014

CUBA CENTRAL Newsblast: The Download on Cuba and the News Blast

This week, the News Blast is bursting with developments in Cuba and U.S. policy. We imagine you want to get to it, so we’ll keep our introductory remarks - harrumph - relatively brief. Earlier this week, we came across a well-worn speech delivered by President John F. Kennedy at the University of… read more »