The U.S. is also trying to figure out how to keep addressing potential human-rights abuses in the country. However, as Obama argued in December, his administration believes the best way to encourage more changes is to stop isolating Cuba from the rest of the world. … [Read more...] about The U.S. Embassy in Cuba Officially Opens for Business Today
The State Department took Cuba off its list of state sponsors of terror on Friday as part of the White House’s plan to normalize relations with the island country. However, the move didn’t make it any easier for those who would like to celebrate the symbolic gesture to pull out Cuban cigars; economic sanctions remain in place, and the U.S. still isn’t too pleased about Cuba’s history with human rights. Taking Cuba off the terrorism list — it’s been stuck on there since 1982 — means that the U.S. can now send the country foreign aid not prohibited by other sanctions, which cannot be removed without Congress’s help. Diplomats are still working out a plan to reopen embassies. Iran, Syria, and Sudan are the only countries left on the U.S. terror list. … [Read more...] about Cuba Now Officially Off U.S. Terror List
The State Department has issued a travel warning to American tourists in the wake of the still-unsolved incidents, saying it can’t guarantee their safety. It had also reportedly put some sort of restrictions on U.S. officials staying at two Havana hotels, one of them being the Hotel Capri. … [Read more...] about Were U.S. Tourists Also Sickened by the Mysterious Attacks in Cuba?
For months, embassy workers who fell ill after hearing loud sounds and vibrations in Cuba were known to be suffering symptoms including hearing loss, severe headaches, loss of balance, and concentration problems. In their effort to explain those symptoms, doctors have now discovered an underlying result of the still-unexplained attack, the AP reports: … [Read more...] about Doctors Find Abnormalities in Brains of ‘Sonic Attack’ Victims
The media is not our friend, unfortunately. If you have any kind of flaw or foible, they will be exposed. If you want to run for public office you better be ready for it. If you want to get out there in front and be the man or woman out there in front, you gotta know they’re coming after you. She was completely unprepared for that. And Johnnie had been in that landscape. He knew he had skeletons in the closet and he knew how to deflect and return back to the story. He knew the long game and that eventually they were going to come back to the story and didn’t panic. She didn’t know how to handle it. … [Read more...] about ‘The People v. O.J. Simpson’: How Courtney B. Vance Mastered Playing Johnnie Cochran