U.S. ramps up Venezuela effort

From 2008 to 2018, the U.S. government poured more than $122 million into Venezuela for everything from democracy projects to emergency aid for migrants. USAID and State Department grants for Venezuela projects jumped from $6,151,570 in 2016 to $20,874,975 this year. Below is graphic of USAID and State Department grants by year. Many of the same … 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

Cuba sticks with socialism $176 million later

The U.S. government shelled out at least $176,814,772 on democracy-promotion programs in Cuba from 2010 to 2018, spending records show. The total is an estimate, an imperfect and incomplete number based on figures that the U.S. Agency for International Development and the State Department reported. But it provides a window into the scope of U.S. … Read more

Invasion of the banana rats

The Department of Defense has given $97,102 to Texas A&M AgriLife Research to study the Cuban hutia at the U.S. Naval Base at Guantanamo, Cuba. Hutias are called banana rats because their bodily waste resembles little bananas. And the creatures are big – the size of small dogs. They can grow nearly two feet long … Read more

USAID awards nearly $6 million in Cuba grants

The U.S. Agency for International Development has awarded $5,976,644 Cuba grants for democracy-promotion work so far in 2018, spending records show. Recipients include the Bacardí Family Foundation, Canyon Communications LLC, Center for a Free Cuba, Global Rule of Law & Liberty Legal Defense Fund (renamed Global Liberty Alliance), Grupo de Apoyo a la Democracia  and … Read more