At least $24 million in COVID aid to Cuba-related enterprises

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In June 2019, U.S. authorities ended people-to-people travel to Cuba. “These actions will help to keep U.S. dollars out of the hands of Cuban military, intelligence, and security services,” Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin declared.
The move also hurt South Florida travel businesses that helped arrange trips to Cuba. Less than a year later, COVID-19 hit, causing further damage to travel and tourism companies.
But records show that the U.S. government has given $679,100 in loans and $41,000 in grants to Cuba-related travel companies in South Florida as part of coronavirus economic relief programs.
Those numbers are unscientific, based on a keyword search for “Cuba” and “travel” in a federal database containing COVID aid records.
Loans given to recipients whose name includes the keyword “Cuba” total $21,874,700, according to usaspending.gov. See interactive list. Some $7,919,800 went to businesses in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties.
Grants given to recipients whose name includes “Cuba” total $2,482,251. See interactive list. Records show $1,001,251 went to businesses in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties.
I post this information as a curiosity more than anything else. I certainly am not criticizing anyone for taking a loan or a grant. What struck me is that one arm of the federal government enacts sanctions that threaten to ruin businesses. Less than a year later, another federal agency sends the same businesses a lifeline. Neither arm of government knows or cares what the other does.

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  1. el reclutatiemto de youtubers cubanos para campana de trump
    https://www.nytimes.com/es/2020/10/24/espanol/opinion/cubanos-trump-florida-eleccion.html
    “También han comenzado a surgir partidarios republicanos más jóvenes y contemporáneos. Entre los más destacados se encuentra Alexander Otaola, un personaje estrafalario de YouTube que salió de Cuba en 2003 y ofrece una alternativa cómica y reguetonera a los vitriólicos programas de radio que todavía resuenan en las ondas locales. Otaola se ha convertido en un bullicioso evangélico de Trump, que exhorta a su público a tener cuidado con las tendencias “socialistas” de los demócratas.”

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