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

Colombian refugees headed for Guantánamo?

While President Trump was going ballistic over a migrant caravan heading toward the United States, the State Department was signing a $1 million contract to care for and resettle migrants at the U.S. Naval Base at Guantánamo, Cuba. On Sept. 23, records show, the State Department agreed to pay the International Organization for Migration $1,068,560 … Read more

USAID increasingly involved in anti-terrorism effort

The U.S. Agency for International Development is not a military organization, but says it now spends billions of dollars every year countering ISIS and other extremists organizations in Iraq, Syria and other nations. The agency’s website says its fiscal 2019 budget “will enable USAID to protect America’s security at home and abroad.” USAID says that … Read more