USAID: Keeping it in the family

The U.S. government has awarded $726,644 to a non-profit group linked to a lawyer who has called on the Trump administration to indict Raúl Castro on criminal charges. The Agency for International Development gave money to the Global Rule of Law & Liberty Legal Defense Fund on Sept. 11. The grant will be used for … 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

Sexual harassment allegations at the Voice of America

A former Voice of America producer said in a lawsuit that a federal contractor “made taunting, gross sexual comments” to her during a cigarette break, “telling her that she is the type of woman who likes to be tied up and have ‘rough sex’ while moving his hands over his crotch area to show he … Read more

Cuban poet’s earnings top $1 million

Cuba poet Orlando González Esteva has earned more than $1 million through his work with Radio & TV Martí, federal contracts show. The former Broadcasting Board of Governors, now called the U.S. Agency for Global Media, paid a total of $81,442,406 to artists, writers and performers from 2001 to 2018, records show. (See BBG’s top … Read more