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Philipgoldberg-215x300On the eve of the biggest political change in Cuba since the 1959 communist revolution, the number of staff at the U.S. Embassy in Havana has dropped to just ten people.

The U.S. State Department published an updated embassy roster on March 22, which showed there are no political, economic, public affairs, or cultural officers left at the embassy. The majority of positions remaining are focused on the internal functioning of the embassy, its security, or its maintenance.

The new embassy head is Philip Goldberg, who holds the title of Charge d’Affairs, an official who temporarily stands in for an ambassador. Goldberg is expected to remain in role for six months, when he will likely be replaced with another Charge d’Affairs and not a permanent ambassador. Continue reading

Luis-Almagro-300x200Luis Almagro, the Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), has criticized the Cuban government after it denied him entry to the island on February 22.

Almagro was to travel to Cuba to receive an award named in honor of the late Oswaldo Payá, who was a strong opponent of the Cuban Communist Party.

The award was issued by Latin America Youth Network for Democracy (Red Latinoamericana de Jovenes por la Democracia in Spanish) , which is led by Payá’s daughter, the renowned Cuban activist Rosa Maria Payá. Almagro wrote Rosa Marie Payá a letter explaining that the Cuban consulate would not give him a visa because the purpose for his visit was deemed to be an “unacceptable provocation.”

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