Category: Cuba

U.S. declares Venezuela a national security threat; sanctions

The United States declared Venezuela a national security threat on Monday and ordered sanctions against seven officials from the oil-rich country in the worst bilateral diplomatic dispute since socialist President Nicolas Maduro took office in 2013. U.S. President Barack Obama signed and issued the executive order, which senior administration officials said did not target Venezuela’s […]

Obama announces U.S. to restore diplomatic ties with Cuba

President Barack Obama announced the United States would restore diplomatic relations it severed with Cuba more than 50 years ago, drawing resistance from lawmakers opposed to reconciling with the communist-run island. After 18 months of secret talks facilitated by the Vatican and Canada, Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro agreed by phone on Tuesday on […]

Guantanamo prisoners cleared to leave still in detention

Dozens of prisoners at the US military prison in Guantanamo Bay have been held for more than a decade without charge and have waited years for a final signature to gain freedom. Since 2009, 79 of the 149 prisoners in Guantanamo have been approved for release after being assessed as posing no security risk to […]

Fidel Castro claims Mossad is behind the Islamic State

Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro claimed on Monday that the Israeli intelligence agency Mossad was behind the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group, AFP reports. Castro’s claims were made in a column published in Cuban media in which he lashed out at the United States and Europe and accused them of war-mongering. He also compared the […]

U.S. dispatched LATAM to foment Cuba political change

An Obama administration program secretly dispatched young Latin Americans to Cuba using the cover of health and civic programs to provoke political change, a clandestine operation that put those foreigners in danger even after a U.S. contractor was hauled away to a Cuban jail. Beginning as early as October 2009, a project overseen by the […]

White House denies ‘Cuban Twitter’ ZunZuneo was covert

The White House is claiming that a secret programme to build a carefully-disguised “Cuban Twitter”, in order to foment political opposition to the Castro regime, was “not covert” but rather a “discreet” form of humanitarian assistance. Attempts by Barack Obama’s administration to downplay the nature of ZunZuneo, a social-media website it hoped would facilitate protests […]

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