Not quite as secret

The U.S. government spends so much money that it’s difficult to comprehend. I create interactive graphics to make it easier to follow the money. My sense is that U.S. agencies that manage Cuba projects are more transparent than they were in around 2009 when I first started looking at these projects. Agencies still shield some … Read more

USAID increasingly involved in anti-terrorism effort

The U.S. Agency for International Development is not a military organization, but says it now spends billions of dollars every year countering ISIS and other extremists organizations in Iraq, Syria and other nations. The agency’s website says its fiscal 2019 budget “will enable USAID to protect America’s security at home and abroad.” USAID says that … Read more

Bowling at Guantánamo

The American government is pouring money into the U.S. Naval Base at Guantanamo even as the federal deficit threatens to hit $1 trillion in 2019. A drop of the money – $174,889,837 – has gone to Islands Mechanical Contractor Inc. in Middleburg, Florida, from 2008 to 2018. See interactive graphic. One of company’s latest contracts … Read more

Top U.S. diplomat in Havana rides in style

The State Department spent $288,560 to renovate an elevator at the U.S. ambassador’s residence in Havana. A German company called Fuduric GMBH & Co. signed the elevator contract on Sept. 29, 2017, and was expected to finish the job by May 29, 2018. The company’s task: To renovate a “Historic Electric Traction Passenger Elevator in … Read more

U.S. tax dollars for baseball in Cuba

Cubans are crazy about baseball. Just ask anyone who has been to Esquina Caliente, or the “Hot Corner,” in Havana’s Parque Central. That’s where Cubans gather on most days to furiously debate the finer points of baseball. As the Red Sox and Dodgers battle it out in the 2018 World Series, you may be interested … Read more