NDI’s Cuba projects total $6.6 million

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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 $1,000 per month from Feb. 1, 2021 to April 1, 2022.
I have not verified the authenticity of the document. Such documents are generally kept secret to protect the identity of program participants. Cuban authorities have been known to obtain such documents from informants, undercover agents, interception of electronic messages, or seizure of laptops and other devices.
Otero had been planning an exhibition of paintings featuring candy wrappers. Growing up, he wrote, many Cuban children never have enough money for candy and have to make do with sniffing discarded wrappers to enjoy the scent of chocolate or gum.

Otero blamed the socialist government for creating shortages that make it impossible for most children to eat candy.
“It is the responsibility of the system that the children also have sweets, fantasies and that their dream is not to emigrate,” he wrote on Facebook in March.
On Saturday, he scoffed at the accusations that the U.S. government was funding his activities. Addressing Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel directly, Otero asked, “Díaz-Canel, how can Cuban children with parents who earn their salary in Cuban pesos eat candy that you sell in dollars? And am I the one paid by the CIA?”
On Saturday, Cuban authorities briefly detained Otero as government supporters carried out acts of repudiation against other dissidents.

Otero is a prominent member of the San Isidro Movement, organized in 2018 to protest government censorship. On March 24, the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations passed a resolution supporting the movement.
Cuban authorities contend that the Movimiento San Isidro, as it’s known in Spanish, receives U.S. government funds, which some critics say would undermine its legitimacy as a spontaneous grassroots movement.
The National Democratic Institute, or NDI, has 53 offices around the world and employs 733 people outside the U.S.
The NDI received at least $6,615,674 for Cuba programs from 2002 to 2021, records show. See descriptions of projects.
The organization supported the Varela Project, a petition drive aimed at bringing about political reforms in Cuba. Records show NDI spent at least $388,000 to raise awareness and build international support for the Varela Project from 2002 to 2004.
NDI’s website states:

NDI has worked in solidarity with Cuban democracy activists since 1991, sharing information about democratic institutions and practices and helping to increase international awareness of the efforts of courageous Cubans on the island advocating for peaceful democratic change. Drawing on examples from Latin America and elsewhere, NDI programming focuses on long-term capacity building of independent Cuban civil society actors, exposing them to core skills and democratic practices for supporting an open and inclusive political system.

The NDI would not exist if not for U.S. government support, which amounted to $124,823,245 from Oct. 1, 2018 to Sept. 30, 2019.
U.S. taxpayers financed 99.869% of the NDI’s activities in fiscal 2018, tax records show.
The NDI has 393 employees and 164 volunteers in the U.S. and paid out $57,282,905 in salaries in 2018. Records show 13 executives received more than $200,000. The highest paid was President Kenneth Wollack, who received $407,585.
NDI shelled out $82,696,907 to 733 employees and independent contractors outside the U.S. The nonprofit also gave $22,817,029 in grants to foreign organizations and individuals.
Other expenses in 2018 included $15,370,679 for travel, $4,045,596 for conferences and meetings, $4,153,867 for office expenses and $4,510,038 for rent.
Tax records do not break down NDI’s Cuba expenses, but say the group has four offices and employs 40 people in Central America and the Caribbean.

7 thoughts on “NDI’s Cuba projects total $6.6 million”

  1. The voice of Marco Vs Alan Gross through one of his puppets of the Trump fanatic “youtuber” base in Miami in a coordinated effort to keep the status quo: “El Síndrome Alangrossniano”

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pjthi4k-fdw

    Trump Cuban youtuber troll factory in Miami organized and supported by Rubio under the “make Marco Rubio happy on Cuba” Trump presidential order with the main goal of getting elected a wanna-be dictator in the U.S..
    https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=802773397256334

    The coordinated effort:
    2 days ago:
    https://www.wsj.com/articles/appeasing-cubas-regime-didnt-work-11617400699
    2 days ago:
    https://www.elnuevoherald.com/opinion-es/article250376531.html
    We are living in surreal times.

    Rubio really liked the Russian influence campaign and replicated out of Miami for the “freedom in Cuba” (actually to get Trump elected in Florida).

    In regards to the candy stuff I feel it offensive that he wants to give the Cuban children the same candies I don’t allow my children to eat in the U.S. and the main reason for the obesity pandemic, when the developed world is moving towards healthy eating he should be complaining why there are not enough fresh tropical fruits in Cuba, but to why the Cuban children don’t have access to such sweet poisons when the world is moving away from Coca Cola and such poison “foods” I find it dumb and offensive. I don’t want for any children in the world, let alone Cuba, what I don’t want for my children.
    Why he should be doing is explaining and reading the ingredient list in those candies if he can understand any of the chemical and damaging stuff in them and why it will be way better for the Cuban children to eat Piruli cubano made of pure sugar cane and not synthetic stuff.

    The best recruiting tool ever created in the history of mankind is called the U.S. embargo on Cuba and the GOC is a master using it.

    What I don’t understand is why the movimiento San Isidro through its leadership supported Trump in the last elections.
    Let’s be real Mara Tekach was like directing an influence campaign for Trump from Cuba to influence votes in Florida out of emotions. Someone directed the entire Cuban dissident world to support Trump.
    Let’s be clear for Rubio and company Cuban spying activities don’t matter as long as they support the status quo and the embargo and as long they guarantee the human material needed to keep the grant business world going. They need each other.
    For obvious reasons the real Cuban spying is mainly directed to the right wing groups disproportionately, that’s where the real jewels of Cuban intelligence are better positioned and untouchable because they are protected by Rubio and company as long as they provide votes and protect the right wing status quo in Miami.
    We got to close to having a dictator within U.S. soil to allow all this crap to continue.

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