Tag Archives: dissidents

April 24, 2014

Costa Rica wants explanation over “Cuban Twitter” network launched from U.S. Embassy in San Jose

The Associated Press – The Costa Rican government says it’s still waiting for the Obama administration to explain why it launched the secret “Cuban Twitter” network from inside the Central American nation’s borders despite warnings in 2009 that the plan could jeopardize the two countries’ diplomatic relations. In an interview with The Associated… read more »

April 23, 2014

Lawyer: Alan Gross wants out of Cuba dead or alive

Juan O. Tamayo, Miami Herald — U.S. government subcontractor Alan P. Gross is “not doing well” after 4 1/2 years in a Cuban prison and has vowed that he will “return to the United States before his 66th birthday, dead or alive,” his lawyer said Wednesday. “He told me yesterday emphatically… read more »

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

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 »