Havana beats the South Pole

State Department employees sent on temporary assignments to Havana are given a $316 daily allowance for lodging, meals and incidentals. The daily allowance, known as a per diem, ranges from $149 to $244 outside the capital. The latest federal guidelines show the rates for 895 cities. The top three were Valencia, Spain; $729; Edinburg, Scotland, … Read more

USAID plans to spend up to $3 million to investigate Cuban doctors

The U.S. Agency for International Development is offering up to $3 million to organizations that would “investigate, collect, and analyze information related to human rights violations – including forced labor – of Cuban medical personnel exported overseas.” USAID on Monday stated: The Cuban regime exploits its medical professionals, teachers and other workers, using them to … Read more

Big bucks for “battle of ideas”

The U.S. government spent $475,035,876 on democracy promotion projects targeting Cuba from 1990 through 2018, records show. The top three recipients were: Grupo de Apoyo a la Democracia, with $39,769,619 International Republican Institute, $37,716,506 Pan-American Development Foundation, $36,961,556 Records show the names of the organizations that received a total of $363,725,255. See full list. The … Read more

FOIA case over “acoustic attacks” drags on

An anti-secrecy group and New Yorker magazine today agreed to narrow the scope of their Freedom of Information Act request for documents about the purported sonic or acoustic attacks in Havana. In May, the State Department said it had found 135,000 records in response to the FOIA request and it would process the documents at … Read more