Cuba budget request reflects competing interests

The House Appropriations Committee earlier this month approved a bill that would authorize the State Department to spend $20 million on democracy promotion projects in Cuba during fiscal 2022, which begins Oct. 1. Nearly half the money – $9.98 million – would go toward civil society; $4.78 million would be spent on independent media and free … Read more

Biden wants $20 million for Cuba programs, not including Radio & TV Martí

The Biden administration is requesting $58.5 billion for the State Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development for 2022, a 10% increase over this year’s budget. The proposed budget includes $20 million for democracy programs targeting Cuba, the same level of funding as 2021. Also included in the budget: $141 million for Colombia, down … Read more

Promoting American values in Cuba

The State Department vows to promote American values in Cuba “while supporting the desire of Cubans to freely determine their futures and reduce their dependence on the Cuban state.” So what are American values? Vanderbilt University associate professor Vanessa Beasley told LiveScience they are subject to interpretation – like a Rorschach inkblot test. There are dominant American … Read more