The family of Alan Gross has settled its lawsuit against Development Alternatives Inc., or DAI, the federal contractor that hired Gross to carry out a democracy project in Cuba. The settlement was confidential and subject to a nondisclosure agreement. The family’s suit against the federal government remained, but U.S. District Court Judge James E. Boasberg on [...]
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Two Florida lawmakers protested USAID’s plans to cut its budget for democracy programs in Cuba from $20 million to $15 million. Sen. Marco Rubio on Wednesday called it “a terrible precedent, a terrible idea” and urged the agency to reconsider. The planned reduction is “way out of proportion…for a program of this small scale,” Rubio told [...]
New details emerged in the case of Alan Gross in March. A statement filed in federal court showed that Gross: Reported his weight was 144, down 110 pounds from the 254 he says he weighed when he was jailed in December 2009. Continues to dispute the allegations against him and “the validity of my conviction.” [...]
Incoming Secretary of State John Kerry vowed earlier this month to boost U.S. engagement abroad as a way to “prevent conflict and prevent failed states.” In a Feb. 15 speech to employees of the U.S. Agency for International Development, he said: This challenge deserves more focus and more attention, not less. This is not a [...]
Development Alternatives Inc. warned this month that a Maryland worker’s lawsuit against the private contractor and the U.S. government “could create significant risks to the U.S. government’s national security, foreign policy, and human rights interests.” Alan Gross and his family sued DAI and the federal government for $60 million in November 2012, alleging that they [...]
Jailed contractor Alan Gross asked the U.S. government to sign a “non-belligerency pact” with Cuba as a first step toward negotiating his release, according to a Cuba specialist who met with the American development worker. Peter Kornbluh, a Cuba expert at the National Security Archives, a nonprofit research center in Washington, D.C., met with Gross [...]