USAID pledges $750,000 for political prisoners in Cuba

The U.S. Agency for International Development will provide $750,000 to political prisoners in Cuba, the agency’s chief said Friday. “This will help facilitate information and help document ongoing human rights’ abuses,” USAID Administrator Mark Green said. Before joining USAID in August 2017, Green was president of the International Republic Institute in Washington, D.C. The IRI … Read more

New U.S.-Brazil alliance will likely target Cuba

National security adviser John Bolton on Thursday plans to meet with Jair Bolsonaro, the controversial president-elect of Brazil. “We share many bilateral interests and will work closely on expanding freedom and prosperity throughout the Western Hemisphere,” Bolton said on Twitter. Bolton expects Bolsonaro to help the Trump administration step up the pressure on Cuba, Venezuela … Read more

Internet task force findings due Dec. 6

The State Department plans a public meeting of the Cuba Internet Task Force on Dec. 6 in Washington, D.C. Officials created the task force in January as part of U.S. efforts to “cancel” what President Trump described as “the last administration’s completely one-sided deal with Cuba.” The meeting is set for 3:30 p.m. to 5 … Read more

Taxpayers foot the bill, but are Cubans watching?

The U.S. Agency for Global Media on Wednesday reported that its weekly audience rose to 345 million, up from 278 million in 2017, a 24 percent increase. The report gives a snapshot of the radio, television and Internet audience of the agency’s five media outlets: Voice of America Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty Cuba Broadcasting, including … Read more

U.S. agency fends off “drive-by” malware

The Broadcasting Board of Governors endured “drive-by” malware in 2015 that may have been linked to “a malicious Russian advertising site,” an internal memo shows. Drive-by malware is common. Merely visiting a malicious site – mail-order bride from Russia, anyone? – can infect your computer. The May 20, 2015, memo stated: The Agency received no … Read more