Invasion of the banana rats

The Department of Defense has given $97,102 to Texas A&M AgriLife Research to study the Cuban hutia at the U.S. Naval Base at Guantanamo, Cuba. Hutias are called banana rats because their bodily waste resembles little bananas. And the creatures are big – the size of small dogs. They can grow nearly two feet long … Read more

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USAID awards nearly $6 million in Cuba grants

The U.S. Agency for International Development has awarded $5,976,644 Cuba grants for democracy-promotion work so far in 2018, spending records show. Recipients include the Bacardí Family Foundation, Canyon Communications LLC, Center for a Free Cuba, Global Rule of Law & Liberty Legal Defense Fund (renamed Global Liberty Alliance), Grupo de Apoyo a la Democracia  and … Read more

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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

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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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