Tale of two missions

Alan Gross set up Wi-Fi hotspots in Cuba on behalf of the U.S. Agency for International Development, or USAID. Cuban authorities caught him and threw him in jail in 2009. While he was behind bars, the Office of Cuba Broadcasting, or OCB, was sending satellite terminals to Havana to allow Cubans to connect to the … Read more

Promoting American values in Cuba

The State Department vows to promote American values in Cuba “while supporting the desire of Cubans to freely determine their futures and reduce their dependence on the Cuban state.” So what are American values? Vanderbilt University associate professor Vanessa Beasley told LiveScience they are subject to interpretation – like a Rorschach inkblot test. There are dominant American … Read more

Clues show DEA trained agents in Cuba

The Drug Enforcement Administration may have provided training to Cuban drug agents in 2017, records show. The DEA reported spending $752 on a course for two unidentified people in Cuba. This course supplements instruction provided during the SIU Basic Course and provides additional instruction on several aspects of conducting a judicial wire intercept investigation. These … Read more

Colombian refugees headed for Guantánamo?

While President Trump was going ballistic over a migrant caravan heading toward the United States, the State Department was signing a $1 million contract to care for and resettle migrants at the U.S. Naval Base at Guantánamo, Cuba. On Sept. 23, records show, the State Department agreed to pay the International Organization for Migration $1,068,560 … Read more

U.S. funds stealth Facebook accounts in Cuba

The Office of Cuba Broadcasting, or OCB, pays Cuban contractors to create non-branded Facebook accounts that hide the fact that they are funded by the American government. The OCB “is establishing on island digital teams to create non-branded local Facebook accounts to disseminate information,” according to a 2019 budget document. “Native pages increase the chances … Read more