Biden administration weighing shutting of Guantanamo Bay prison

The offshore jail symbolises the excesses of the US ‘war on terror’ because of harsh interrogation methods and torture. The Biden administration has launched a formal review of the future of the US military prison at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba, reviving the Obama-era goal of closing the notorious facility, a White House official said on Friday. Aides […]

White House says Biden will reassess Trump’s Cuba policy

Donald Trump clamped down on Cuba after taking office in 2017 tightening restrictions on US travel and remittances. The administration of President Joe Biden will review US policy on Cuba, the White House said on Thursday, after former President Donald Trump rolled back a historic Obama-era detente with Havana during his tenure. “Our Cuba policy is governed […]

US sanctions Cuban ministry for alleged human rights abuses

During his presidency, Donald Trump took a tough stance on Cuba, tightening restrictions on US travel and remittances. The United States slapped sanctions on Cuba’s interior ministry on Friday, accusing it of serious human rights abuses as Washington kept up a barrage of sanctions even in the final days of President Donald Trump’s administration. In a statement, the US Department of the […]

Al-Qahtani must be released and Guantanamo closed

As law students working on Mohammed al-Qahtani’s case, we know his release is a question of humanity, not opinion. “We tortured Qahtani.” As law students working on Mohammed al-Qahtani’s case, it remains shocking to us that more than 10 years after this damning admission by a senior US government official – the only one of […]

Pompeo Returns Cuba to Terrorism Sponsor List, Constraining Biden’s Plans

WASHINGTON — The State Department designated Cuba a state sponsor of terrorism on Monday in a last-minute foreign policy stroke that will complicate the incoming Biden administration’s plans to restore friendlier relations with Havana. In a statement, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo cited Cuba’s hosting of 10 Colombian rebel leaders, along with a handful of […]

Days before Trump exit, US rebrands Cuba state sponsor of terror

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump’s outgoing administration on Monday returned Cuba to the US blacklist of state sponsors of terrorism, erecting a last-minute roadlock to expected efforts by President-elect Joe Biden to ease tensions.The terror designation severely hampers foreign investment and can only be removed after a formal review by the Biden administration, meaning it may […]

US designates Cuba as ‘state sponsor of terrorism’

Observers say move in final days of Donald Trump’s administration will complicate Joe Biden’s foreign policy plans. The United States has designated Cuba as a “state sponsor of terrorism”, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced, the latest move in the final days of the Trump administration that observers say will complicate President-elect Joe Biden’s […]

Outgoing President Trump to label Cuba state sponsor of ‘terror’

The incoming administration of US President-elect Joe Biden is planning to reset the relationship between the United States and Cuba, but Trump’s move days before he leaves office will make that harder. The Trump administration will place Cuba back on the list of state sponsors of terrorism on Monday, according to two senior State Department […]

Trump administration adds Cuban bank to US restricted list

Cuban foreign minister rejects the move as a ‘punitive measure’ that aims to tighten the US blockade against Cuba. The United States has added a Cuban bank to its restricted entities list, alleging that the financial institution has ties to the Cuban military and its profits help fund the country’s “interference” in Venezuela. In a […]

What will Cuba’s new single currency mean for the island?

The Cuban government formally ended its dual currency system on Friday, devaluing its peso for the first time since the 1959 revolution that swept the late Fidel Castro to power. The government has set the exchange rate at 24 Cuban pesos to $1, and the convertible Cuban peso, known as the CUC, will be phased […]

A unified Cuban peso, the Times Square ball and cashless Sweden

When the world wakes up on January 1, there is usually some nostalgia for the year gone by — but maybe not this year. People around the world were all too ready to say goodbye to 2020, the year the coronavirus pandemic upended life as we know it and caused significant social, economic and political […]

A unified Cuban peso, the Times Square ball and cashless Sweden

When the world wakes up on January 1, there is usually some nostalgia for the year gone by — but maybe not this year. People around the world were all too ready to say goodbye to 2020, the year the coronavirus pandemic upended life as we know it and caused significant social, economic and political […]

US sanctions Nicaraguan officials, Cuba-related companies

The sanctions are the latest from the Trump administration targeting Nicaraguan officials supporting Daniel Ortega. The United States on Monday imposed sanctions on three Nicaraguan officials over their support for left-wing President Daniel Ortega’s government. President Donald Trump’s administration has kept up a steady stream of sanctions announcements since the November election that handed Democrat […]

Cuba attracts $1.9bn in foreign investment despite US sanctions

The Caribbean island nation aims to attract $2bn to $2.5bn annually to update its state-run economy. Cash-strapped Cuba said on Tuesday that it had attracted $1.9bn worth of foreign investment over the past year despite tighter United States sanctions. Trade Minister Rodrigo Malmierca told an online news conference that Cuba continues to reduce internal obstacles […]

Microwave energy ‘likely made US diplomats ill’ in Cuba, China

Report commissioned by US Department of State is latest bid to find cause for mysterious illness among diplomats. A new report by a National Academy of Sciences committee has found that “directed” microwave radiation is the likely cause of illnesses among American diplomats in Cuba and China. The study commissioned by the State Department and […]

Cuba: Rights groups demand release of jailed artists, activists

Artistic freedom and human rights groups have raised concerns about curbs to civil liberties in Cuba and the detention of Cuban rapper Denis Solis Gonzalez, which led to an unusually large display of public dissent outside the country’s culture ministry on Friday. Gonzalez was arrested on November 9 and sentenced to eight months in prison […]

Cuba and Iran FMs to mark alliance against US sanctions #duzline #duzlinenews #follow4follow

Havana meeting between Cuba’s Bruno Rodriguez and Iran’s Mohammad Javad Zarif to mark the ‘mutual solidarity between both nations’. Iran’s foreign minister has arrived in Havana for talks with his Cuban counterpart, in a visit aimed at reinforcing their countries’ mutual support in the face of punishing United States sanctions. Cuba’s official newspaper Granma said […]

Cuba imposes Havana lockdown as coronavirus spreads

Cuban authorities have ordered a strict 15-day lockdown of Havana, seeking to stamp out the low-level but persistent spread of the novel coronavirus in the capital. Aggressive anti-virus measures including closing down air travel, have virtually eliminated COVID-19 in Cuba with the exception of Havana, where cases have surged from a handful a day to […]