USAID: $1.5 million for human rights in Cuba

The U.S. Agency for International Development has awarded a $1.5 million contract to Canyon Communications LLC, a California company that will work to boost awareness of human rights violations in Cuba and engage “an increasing number of Cuban citizens in efforts to advocate for greater human rights and civil liberties.” USAID says the grant is … Read more

Cuba: U.S. sanctions are “act of genocide”

The United Nations on Thursday is scheduled to vote on a resolution condemning U.S. sanctions against Cuba. Cuban officials say the U.S. blockade, as they call it, has intensified and has caused more than $134,499,800,000 in damages to Cuba over the past six decades, according to a Cuban government report. See report’s introduction below. In … Read more

Millions for a tent city designed to last 50 years

President Trump on Monday told Fox News he planned to build tent cities to hold migrants who cross the U.S.-Mexico border. “We’re going to put tents up all over the place,” Trump said. “We’re not going to build structures and spend all of this, you know, hundreds of millions of dollars — we’re going to … Read more

Global Media chief orders investigation

Office of Cuba Broadcasting staffers responsible for an anti-Semitic piece targeting George Soros were put on administrative leave today, John Lansing, the CEO of the Agency for Global Media, said in a statement. Lansing also announced that he has ordered “an immediate, full content audit to identify any patterns of unethical reporting” at the OCB. … Read more

Top U.S. diplomat in Havana rides in style

The State Department spent $288,560 to renovate an elevator at the U.S. ambassador’s residence in Havana. A German company called Fuduric GMBH & Co. signed the elevator contract on Sept. 29, 2017, and was expected to finish the job by May 29, 2018. The company’s task: To renovate a “Historic Electric Traction Passenger Elevator in … Read more