“Secret” project to spiffy up Cuban Affairs suite

A Maryland company has been awarded a $418,700 contract to refurbish a Cuban Affairs office at the State Department. Suite 3234 “is being renovated into a modernized, efficient, attractive, and professional work environment consisting of private offices, systems furniture office space, reception waiting area, data hub room, and workroom/pantry.” A project document states: This project … Read more

U.S. tax dollars for baseball in Cuba

Cubans are crazy about baseball. Just ask anyone who has been to Esquina Caliente, or the “Hot Corner,” in Havana’s Parque Central. That’s where Cubans gather on most days to furiously debate the finer points of baseball. As the Red Sox and Dodgers battle it out in the 2018 World Series, you may be interested … Read more

U.S. touts $5 million program for entrepreneurs from Cuba, other nations

The U.S. government plans a $5 million “global exchange program designed to promote mutual understanding, enhance business development and leadership skills, and build a lasting and sustainable network of young business and social entrepreneurs across Latin America, the Caribbean, and the United States.” The State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs program will offer … Read more

U.S. to spend $1 million-plus to train Cuban students, young professionals

The State Department has launched a $1,033,086 project to train “emerging Cuban leaders.” The goal: To develop 20 to 45 university students or young professionals who will help boost democracy in Cuba. The State Department’s Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs, or WHA, had been scheduled to start the three-year-long project in September. According to a … Read more

U.S. goal: Boost direct-to-home satellite broadcasts to Cuba

The Broadcasting Board of Governors in July awarded a no-bid $171,000 contract to MX1 Ltd. to deliver satellite television signals into Cuba. As part of the contract, MX1 will provide direct-to-home satellite broadcast coverage into Cuba from a satellite known as Hispasat 30W-5. The contractor is required to provide signal strength capable of broadcasting to … Read more