U.S. tax dollars for baseball in Cuba

Cubans are crazy about baseball. Just ask anyone who has been to Esquina Caliente, or the “Hot Corner,” in Havana’s Parque Central. That’s where Cubans gather on most days to furiously debate the finer points of baseball. As the Red Sox and Dodgers battle it out in the 2018 World Series, you may be interested … Read more

U.S. touts $5 million program for entrepreneurs from Cuba, other nations

The U.S. government plans a $5 million “global exchange program designed to promote mutual understanding, enhance business development and leadership skills, and build a lasting and sustainable network of young business and social entrepreneurs across Latin America, the Caribbean, and the United States.” The State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs program will offer … 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

Critics: Contractors part of “shadow government”

USAID’s Office of Transition Initiatives spent $237,165,675 on personal service contracts from 2016 to 2018. (See full list of contractors). Some critics say such contracts are difficult to trace and form part of a “shadow government.” OTI has operated in Cuba as part of U.S. government efforts to weaken the socialist government and speed the transition … Read more

NED details $3.8 million in Cuba grants

The National Endowment for Democracy in Washington, D.C., reported spending $3,814,328 on Cuba projects in 2017. The NED is more transparent than most organizations that finance Cuba projects, and routinely posts its Cuba spending on its website. The organization reported $180,882,305 in annual revenue in 2015, according to a tax return filed in August 2017. … Read more