Amir Hekmati has filed a complaint against the Iranian government, seeking damages for more than four years of imprisonment.
It would be nice if someone in the White House and State Department twisted the money spigot off on this dumb waste of taxpayer money before BBG awards this contract and puts the larger purposes of President Obama's diplomatic achievement with Cuba at risk.
Gross may not have been an American spy. But he was surely a U.S. government agent who got caught on the job breaking Cuban law. Now that he's home, his continued lawsuit against the government that saved his life, paid him millions and made him a celebrity, is nothing less than Gross ingratitude.
The Castro regime has won, although the positive result is that Alan Gross has emerged alive from a prison that promised to turn into his grave.
Normalizing both economic and diplomatic relations with Havana should be seen not as a victory for the Castro government, but for the people of Cuba. Liberty will come to that land. The only question is when. Expanding relations should help speed the process.
A 2013 GAO report says, “Since 1996, Congress has appropriated $205 million to USAID and State to support democracy assistance
Normalization with Cuba will be a process, and its pace and scope will depend in part on the actions of the Cuban government to permit dissent. A good start would be to join international conventions that protect human rights.
Today, President Barack Obama took bold action to put an end to this farce. Over half a century of a counterproductive sanctions and isolation policy is coming to an end. But Cuba is only one of many examples of domestic politics rendering American foreign policy dysfunctional.
"Pope Francis did what popes are supposed to do: Build bridges and promote peace. He acted much like his namesake, Francis
The Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) had been vocal in its opposition to Gross' incarceration over the years and
In a background call with reporters about an hour and a half before the president spoke, senior administration officials