Tag Archives: Cuban Five

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 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 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 »

March 4, 2014

Damien Cave: As Cuba’s Economy Opens a Bit, Some Who Fled Castro Return to Help

Damien Cave, The New York Times — The business ideas have ranged from a bikini franchise to a peanut farm, restaurants, and design firms for software and home interiors. But even more novel than the pitches — in a country where entrepreneurship used to be illegal — is the financial… read more »

March 3, 2014

President Raul Castro Calls for Deep Analysis of Economic Update Process

ACN – Cuban President Raul Castro insisted in the need to critically and constructively analyze the ongoing process aimed at updating the country’s economic model, which must involve the active participation of all officials and leaders from the base to the top government levels. Raul said that the process will continue… read more »