Barcardí pushing for Cuba Libre with U.S. help

The U.S. Agency for International Development has awarded the Barcardí Family Foundation $1,553,494 for democracy-promotion work in Cuba. Contract records do not give details about the foundation’s plans. The non-profit organization’s “flagship program” for 2017 and 2018 is Cuba Decide, a citizen initiative aimed at organizing “a vote that changes the oppressive communist party-ruled system … Read more

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U.S. Embassy in Havana: A money pit for diplomats

The State Department has spent millions of dollars to renovate the American Embassy along Havana’s famed Malecón. Costs include at least $8 million for repair projects since 2010, records show. On Feb. 25, 2010, a Washington, D.C., company called CTS-Hardline signed a $2,241,474 contract for a project described as “Forced Entry/Ballistic Resistant (FE/BR) product replacement.” … Read more

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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

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Cuba: U.S. sanctions are “act of genocide”

The United Nations on Thursday is scheduled to vote on a resolution condemning U.S. sanctions against Cuba. Cuban officials say the U.S. blockade, as they call it, has intensified and has caused more than $134,499,800,000 in damages to Cuba over the past six decades, according to a Cuban government report. See report’s introduction below. In … Read more

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Millions for a tent city designed to last 50 years

President Trump on Monday told Fox News he planned to build tent cities to hold migrants who cross the U.S.-Mexico border. “We’re going to put tents up all over the place,” Trump said. “We’re not going to build structures and spend all of this, you know, hundreds of millions of dollars — we’re going to … Read more

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