Should media content be labeled “foreign-agent produced?”

Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken earlier this week rejected a Russian law requiring independent news organizations and some journalists to label their content as “foreign-agent produced” if they receive foreign funding. “The Secretary agreed that the Russian government’s efforts to silence independent journalism only harm the citizens it is meant to serve,” Kelu Chao, … Read more

NDI’s Cuba projects total $6.6 million

State-run television on Friday linked Cuban performance artist and dissident Luis Manuel Otero Alcántara to a U.S. government-funded democracy program. TV journalist Humberto López accused Otero of working for the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs, based in Washington, D.C. López displayed an agreement purportedly showing that NDI had agreed to pay Otero up to … Read more

State Department issues stinging report on Cuba

Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken today released the department’s annual report on human rights around the world. I expect Cuba will strenuously object to the State Department’s findings, shown below. Cuba is an authoritarian state with former president Raul Castro serving as the first secretary of the Cuban Communist Party, the highest political entity … Read more

NED failed to disclose 21% of Cuba grants

The U.S. taxpayer-financed National Endowment for Democracy in February published a list of organizations that received $5,077,788 in NED grants for work in Cuba in 2020. The project with the highest dollar amount was worth $650,000 and titled “Promoting Greater Access to Uncensored Information to Cubans.” The NED censored the names of 15 organizations or … Read more

U.S.: Cuban authorities harass santeros

The U.S. government-financed Commission on International Religious Freedom earlier this month issued a report on Santería in Cuba. Kirsten Lavery, a supervisory policy analyst with the commission, wrote the report, shown below. This factsheet highlights the Santería practice in Cuba, providing an overview of this tradition and detailing the religious freedom conditions of its practitioners. … Read more