USAID: $3 million to expose “exploited” sex workers and other laborers in Cuba

U.S. officials on Wednesday announced plans to spend up to $3 million for a “development program” aimed at “exposing exploitation” of Cuban laborers, including hotel employees, sex workers and others who are ostensibly part of the country’s hospitality and tourism industry. The U.S. Agency for International Development will award as many as three grants worth … Read more

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Secret: For your eyes only

Killing Fidel Castro proved impossible for the CIA. Reconstructing the agency’s role in a range of bizarre assassination plots was nearly as difficult. American intelligence officials weren’t convinced that killing Castro would cause Cuba’s socialist government to collapse, but said the Kennedy administration was intent on assassination, a declassified CIA document says. The document states: … Read more

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Cuba Broadcasting passes audit

The U.S. government’s own auditors figure that government agencies made $175 billion in improper payments during fiscal year 2019, which ended on Sept. 30, 2019. Agencies are required to self-police to try to find improper payments. The Office of Cuba Broadcasting examined 145 payments worth $8,091,442 and discovered 47 improper payments worth $201,540, according to … Read more

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Trump administration boosts NED spending for Cuba

The National Endowment for Democracy reported spending $5,405,400 in Cuba grants in 2019. That was a 16 percent increase over 2018 and a 42 percent increase over 2017. The top recipients in 2019 were the Cuban Democratic Directorate with $650,000; Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE), $305,726; Grupo Internacional para la Responsabilidad Social Corporativa en … Read more

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U.S. offers $2 million to promote human rights in Cuba

The State Department is offering up to $2 million to organizations that will promote human rights in Cuba. An award announcement stated: “Proposals should offer a specific vision for contributing to change while acknowledging and developing contingencies for challenges to program implementation.” The announcement accuses Cuba of denying its citizens “many of the human rights … Read more

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