The fat cats at Radio & TV Martí

The average salary at the Office of Cuba Broadcasting in Miami in 2018 was $109,208.04. That was more than double the average wage of $48,240 in the Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach metropolitan area, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Tomás Regalado, the former mayor of Miami, had the highest salary. He was director … Read more

Public diplomacy or interference?

The U.S. Embassy in Havana plans to award grants to NGOs, institutions and individuals that would strengthen Cuba’s independent civil society’s “professional ties” with the United States. The embassy stated: The Embassy has particular interest in projects that highlight democratic values and increased access to information, benefit underserved populations, promote entrepreneurial skills development, and promote … Read more

Exploring the roots of the NED

I was reading an old lawsuit against the National Endowment for Democracy and came across some history of the organization. Lawyers wrote: “NED acknowledged that it is and was exercising a traditional governmental CIA (Central Intelligence Agency) function. When it was revealed in the late 1960’s that some American private volunteer organizations were receiving covert … Read more

Was lawsuit over Cuban doctors a publicity stunt?

A lawsuit accusing the Pan American Health Organization of “enabling, managing and enforcing illegal human trafficking of Cuban medical professionals in Brazil” has been stalled since June. A debate over jurisdiction has caused some delays. The PAHO wants the case transferred to Washington, D.C., where the organization is based. Lawyers for Cuban doctors who sued … Read more

Regime change: Unfinished business

Back in 2013, I started working on a documentary about U.S. government efforts to promote democracy in Cuba. I made a rough cut of the video. It needed more work, including subtitles, but I moved on to something else and the project sat around until I forgot about it. Yesterday, six and a half years … Read more