Tale of two missions

Alan Gross set up Wi-Fi hotspots in Cuba on behalf of the U.S. Agency for International Development, or USAID. Cuban authorities caught him and threw him in jail in 2009. While he was behind bars, the Office of Cuba Broadcasting, or OCB, was sending satellite terminals to Havana to allow Cubans to connect to the … Read more

Secret deals hidden under a soybean pile?

Something strange turned up in Broadcasting Board of Governors’ spending records: more than $4 million for soybean farming. Dig deeper and records show the funds ostensibly paid for such items as “Aircraft Gunnery Fire Control Components.” One record lists guns up to 30mm. All this is difficult to understand, particularly since the BBG’s stated mission … Read more

Sexual harassment allegations at the Voice of America

A former Voice of America producer said in a lawsuit that a federal contractor “made taunting, gross sexual comments” to her during a cigarette break, “telling her that she is the type of woman who likes to be tied up and have ‘rough sex’ while moving his hands over his crotch area to show he … Read more

U.S. goal: Boost direct-to-home satellite broadcasts to Cuba

The Broadcasting Board of Governors in July awarded a no-bid $171,000 contract to MX1 Ltd. to deliver satellite television signals into Cuba. As part of the contract, MX1 will provide direct-to-home satellite broadcast coverage into Cuba from a satellite known as Hispasat 30W-5. The contractor is required to provide signal strength capable of broadcasting to … Read more