Tale of two missions

Alan Gross set up Wi-Fi hotspots in Cuba on behalf of the U.S. Agency for International Development, or USAID. Cuban authorities caught him and threw him in jail in 2009. While he was behind bars, the Office of Cuba Broadcasting, or OCB, was sending satellite terminals to Havana to allow Cubans to connect to the … Read more

70 years of U.S. aid

U.S. government assistance to Cuba goes back decades. Records show that military and economic aid totals at least $244,267,805 from 1946 to 2016. See graphic. This includes U.S. military aid that the Batista regime welcomed before the 1959 Cuban revolution. Since then, the Cuban government has rejected U.S. assistance, calling it illegal interference in the country’s … Read more

America’s unrelenting quest to derail Cuba

The U.S. government paid at least $227 million for democracy-promotion projects from 2001 to 2017. A detailed list shows that the projects ranged from complex multimillion-dollar initiatives to grants of less than $50,000. The U.S. Agency for International Development and the State Department managed most of the projects. Annual funding peaked at $34 million in 2008 during … Read more

Promoting American values in Cuba

The State Department vows to promote American values in Cuba “while supporting the desire of Cubans to freely determine their futures and reduce their dependence on the Cuban state.” So what are American values? Vanderbilt University associate professor Vanessa Beasley told LiveScience they are subject to interpretation – like a Rorschach inkblot test. There are dominant American … Read more

Clues show DEA trained agents in Cuba

The Drug Enforcement Administration may have provided training to Cuban drug agents in 2017, records show. The DEA reported spending $752 on a course for two unidentified people in Cuba. This course supplements instruction provided during the SIU Basic Course and provides additional instruction on several aspects of conducting a judicial wire intercept investigation. These … Read more