Cuba budget request reflects competing interests

The House Appropriations Committee earlier this month approved a bill that would authorize the State Department to spend $20 million on democracy promotion projects in Cuba during fiscal 2022, which begins Oct. 1. Nearly half the money – $9.98 million – would go toward civil society; $4.78 million would be spent on independent media and free … Read more

$2 million up for grabs for democracy projects in Cuba

The U.S. Agency for International Development is offering up to $2 million for new democracy-promotion programs in Cuba. USAID’s goals are to: “Advance the effectiveness of independent civil society groups” that are pushing for “greater human rights and freedoms,” and “Develop broader coalitions to expand civil society’s impact.” Grants will range from $500,000 to $1 … Read more

State Department will continue to pressure Cuba

Secretary of State Antony Blinken said today he supports democracy programs targeting Cuba and will look into why the proposed budget for the Office of Cuba Broadcasting for 2022 has been slashed from around $20 million to under $13 million. Under questioning from U.S. Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, Blinken said U.S. officials are reviewing U.S. policy … Read more