Secret deals hidden under a soybean pile?

Something strange turned up in Broadcasting Board of Governors’ spending records: more than $4 million for soybean farming. Dig deeper and records show the funds ostensibly paid for such items as “Aircraft Gunnery Fire Control Components.” One record lists guns up to 30mm. All this is difficult to understand, particularly since the BBG’s stated mission … Read more

U.S. Embassy in Havana: A money pit for diplomats

The State Department has spent millions of dollars to renovate the American Embassy along Havana’s famed Malecón. Costs include at least $8 million for repair projects since 2010, records show. On Feb. 25, 2010, a Washington, D.C., company called CTS-Hardline signed a $2,241,474 contract for a project described as “Forced Entry/Ballistic Resistant (FE/BR) product replacement.” … Read more

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 projects fly under the radar

A California company called Internews Network proudly declares that it works in far-flung spots around the world, everywhere from Tajikistan and Nepal to Albania and Vanuatu. Cuba appears nowhere on the company’s where we work list. Yet the State Department gave the company at least $2 million for three Cuba projects in 2015 and 2016, … Read more