Cuban armed forces – USAID’s new target?

Last fall, the U.S. Agency for International Development awarded the Digital News Association $410,710 to promote human rights in Cuba. USAID in recent weeks changed the description of the grant from “Promoting Human Rights” to “La Gente Sabe – Military Exposure in Cuba.” Anyone know what that means? During the Trump presidency, U.S. authorities tried … Read more

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Senator rejects loosening sanctions against Cuba

U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez said today that Democrats, not Republicans, have led the way in pushing for freedom and democracy in Cuba. He accused the Trump administration of abandoning efforts to push for human rights around the world and said the Biden administration would do a better job. He said he continues to support U.S. … Read more

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Should media content be labeled “foreign-agent produced?”

Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken earlier this week rejected a Russian law requiring independent news organizations and some journalists to label their content as “foreign-agent produced” if they receive foreign funding. “The Secretary agreed that the Russian government’s efforts to silence independent journalism only harm the citizens it is meant to serve,” Kelu Chao, … Read more

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NDI’s Cuba projects total $6.6 million

State-run television on Friday linked Cuban performance artist and dissident Luis Manuel Otero Alcántara to a U.S. government-funded democracy program. TV journalist Humberto López accused Otero of working for the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs, based in Washington, D.C. López displayed an agreement purportedly showing that NDI had agreed to pay Otero up to … Read more

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State Department issues stinging report on Cuba

Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken today released the department’s annual report on human rights around the world. I expect Cuba will strenuously object to the State Department’s findings, shown below. Cuba is an authoritarian state with former president Raul Castro serving as the first secretary of the Cuban Communist Party, the highest political entity … Read more

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