“Dedicated patriot” stole from U.S. government

The former chief strategy officer for the U.S. Agency for Global Media is scheduled to be sentenced on Oct. 11 in U.S. District Court in Virginia for felony theft of government funds. Haroon K. Ullah, a former State Department employee, admitted to cheating his employer out of at least $37,082.49, prosecutors say. Ullah is a … Read more

U.S. network hopes to reach 2.5 million Cubans in 2020

The U.S. Agency for Global Media released its 2018 annual report today. The agency oversees the Office of Cuba Broadcasting, or OCB, which is based in Miami. Here are excerpts related to Cuba: In August, OCB began a partnership with Freedom House on a new project called Cubano conoce tus derechos (Cuban, Know Your Rights). … Read more

Cuba broadcasting: “Essential to national security”

U.S. government-financed broadcasts to Cuba and other nations can continue despite the government shutdown because they “necessary for conducting foreign relations essential to the national security,” according to the U.S. Agency for Global Media. An agency memo states: The USAGM Office of General Counsel (OGC) has issued a memorandum establishing that there is a sufficient … Read more

Cushy gig at taxpayer expense

USAJOBS posted an ad for a “senior executive” at the U.S. Agency for Global Media, which oversees the Office of Cuba Broadcasting. The ad gives few details, but Joan Mower gladly fills in the blanks on Twitter: Great USG job @ fun, small agency. Good salary ($176,500), no education needed, no heavy lifting, virtually no … Read more

Taxpayers foot the bill, but are Cubans watching?

The U.S. Agency for Global Media on Wednesday reported that its weekly audience rose to 345 million, up from 278 million in 2017, a 24 percent increase. The report gives a snapshot of the radio, television and Internet audience of the agency’s five media outlets: Voice of America Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty Cuba Broadcasting, including … Read more