Scholarship pipeline runs from Cuba to the U.S. and Africa

The State Department must have some respect for Cuba’s educational system because it has been financing scholarships for Africans who earned college degrees in Cuba. Back in December, I wrote about a State Department program to send Cubans to graduate school in the United States. See “U.S. spends $1.5 million to train Cuban leaders.” A … Read more

State Department’s FOIA processing time: A blistering 37 years

The State Department has located 135,000 records in response to a Freedom of Information request demanding information about the medical and health problems that U.S. government employees reported in Cuba. The James Madison Project and New Yorker magazine in February sued the State Department for disclosure of information about the supposed “acoustic attacks.” See Lawyer: … Read more

State Department won’t budge on “acoustic attacks”

The State Department today denied the allegations in a Feb. 7 complaint asking officials to turn over a report on the “circumstances surrounding medical and health problems reported by U.S. Government officials working in Cuba, as well as steps that will be or have already been taken to implement” any of the report’s recommendations. The … Read more

Another mess: Reclaiming seized art

A New York lawyer is calling on museum curators in Cuba and elsewhere to begin looking for ways to compensate the owners of artwork seized during the early days of the Cuban revolution. Wendy Dickieson, of the firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP, wrote: Cuba cannot truly begin the process of normalization with these stolen treasures still … Read more

NED details $4.6 million in Cuba grants

The National Endowment for Democracy reported spending $4,643,525 in Cuba grants in 2018. That was a 22 percent increase over $3,814,328 reported for 2017. The top recipients in 2018 were the Cuban Democratic Directorate with $650,000; Grupo Internacional para la Responsabilidad Social Corporativa en Cuba, $230,000; and Cubanet News Inc., $220,000. Click below for interactive … Read more