Global Media chief orders investigation

Office of Cuba Broadcasting staffers responsible for an anti-Semitic piece targeting George Soros were put on administrative leave today, John Lansing, the CEO of the Agency for Global Media, said in a statement. Lansing also announced that he has ordered “an immediate, full content audit to identify any patterns of unethical reporting” at the OCB. … Read more

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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

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Cuba projects fly under the radar

A California company called Internews Network proudly declares that it works in far-flung spots around the world, everywhere from Tajikistan and Nepal to Albania and Vanuatu. Cuba appears nowhere on the company’s where we work list. Yet the State Department gave the company at least $2 million for three Cuba projects in 2015 and 2016, … Read more

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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

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Big bucks for software, IT

The U.S. Agency for Global Media, formerly the Broadcasting Board of Governors, awarded a $438,828.81 contract to Emergent, LLC., a Virginia Beach company that provides such software as Adobe and Symantec. The Oct. 23 payment is the first installment of a contract worth up to $2,396,272.05 through Oct. 8, 2023. The Agency for Global Media’s … Read more

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