It is no accident that President Obama announced his decision to move forward with normalizing relations with Cuba yesterday. Four big factors made this the ideal moment. 1) Being a lame duck has its advantages – President Obama will never face an election again nor need to worry about how Congressional Democrats will do under [...]
|By: Kevin Gosztola Wednesday December 17, 2014 8:54 am|
President Barack Obama is making a statement on a shift in United States policy toward Cuba. The shift comes after US Agency for International Development contractor Alan Gross and three members of the “Cuban Five” were freed from Cuba and the US in a prisoner swap. The Associated Press reports, according to unnamed US officials [...]
|By: Kevin Gosztola Thursday December 11, 2014 11:05 am|
From the United States government contractor, which brought you “Cuban Twitter” and a band of untrained young Latin Americans sent to infiltrate Cuban society through the organization of an HIV workshop, comes another bungled covert operation against Raul Castro’s government: an operation to recruit notorious Cuban rappers and co-opt the country’s hip-hop music scene in [...]
|By: Peter Van Buren Tuesday August 5, 2014 7:50 am|
Using health care as a cover for U.S. espionage activities creates significant risks, not only for local populations but globally. Its execution is often clumsy, and it accomplishes little either for health or for intelligence needs.
|By: Jane Hamsher Monday August 4, 2014 11:22 am|
Viennese lawyer and privacy activist Max Schrems has filed a class action suit with the Commercial Court for Vienna against the Irish subsidiary of Facebook for violation of European data protection laws.
The Europe v Facebook website has an app that allows EU residents to become part of the suit. So far the organization is reporting that 11,000 people have signed on.
|By: DSWright Monday August 4, 2014 10:18 am|
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has once again been caught using humanitarian work as a cover for US intelligence operations. According to the Associated Press, USAID used work on HIV AIDs as a cover to send in agents to recruit young Cubans to overthrow their government.
|By: Jeff J Brown Saturday August 2, 2014 1:59 pm|
Ms. Stryker surely has an FBI/CIA/NSA file as thick as a Beijing phone book, and from the perspective of the 1%, deservedly so, which makes her a true modern day heroine in my eyes. Her life story is one of the most fascinating, adventurous, rebellious and romantic ones that I’ve ever vicariously experienced, reading her autobiography Lunch with Fellini, Dinner with Fidel, and one that I will not soon forget.
|By: Deena Stryker Sunday July 13, 2014 6:54 am|
As hooligans in Jerusalem shout anti-Arab slogans and threaten individual Arabs, giving rise to the word ‘Zio-fascists’, Israel prepares to invade Gaza yet again, while Kiev shells villages and towns as it prepares to besiege Eastern Ukraine’s two largest cities. The Gaza invasion is clearly an effort to torpedo the Palestinian unity government, while the Ukraine offensive is just as clearly a US-led attempt to draw Russia into a shooting war with NATO. Both illustrate the increasingly fascistic nature of globalization. The question is whether Europe, which has known the horrors of fascism up close, will continue to go along with Washington’s and Tel Aviv’s plans.
|By: Jon Walker Wednesday June 18, 2014 1:27 pm|
If there is one thing you can’t fault the American government for it is a lack of persistence — the government’s willingness to stick to a policy years, and often decades, after it has proven to be misguided. This includes things like the war on drugs, the war in Iraq, and ethanol subsidies. Of course, there is probably no better example than the decades-long embargo against Cuba.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Tuesday May 20, 2014 5:45 pm|
A federal appeals court has ruled against the release of the final volume of CIA history of the Bay of Pigs invasion in Cuba. It decided the agency could keep it secret under an exemption in the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) that is supposed to protect inter-agency or intra-agency memorandums or letters from being subject to release.