Did Radio & TV Martí break the law?

A Cuban-American author who wrote pro-Trump pieces for taxpayer-funded Radio & TV Martí was not paid for his work, a U.S. Agency for Global Media spokeswoman told the Washington Post. If that’s true, Radio & TV Martí may have violated federal law. Federal agencies are prohibited from receiving free work under a little-known law called … Read more

Promoting democracy or shaping a slanted narrative?

Over the past two decades, the U.S. government has spent millions of dollars on projects aimed at boosting independent journalism and the free flow of information in Cuba. The State Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development, or USAID, pay contractors to do the work. One contractor, the Institute for War & Peace Reporting, … Read more

Speak into the brassiere, please

Before the movie “Red Sparrow,” featuring a Russian dancer-turned-spy who uses sex as a weapon, some American intelligence agents purportedly ventured out in evening dresses outfitted with microphones, tape recorders and antennas. That’s according to an early-1960s counterintelligence document posted on governmentattic.org on Dec. 3. The document includes a dark, smudged photograph of an “electrically … Read more

Spirit of giving comes and goes

Then-President Raúl Castro sent Barack Obama a flurry of gifts in the months before the United States and Cuba restored diplomatic relations in 2015. Records show the gifts included: Bust of Abraham Lincoln, hand carved from wood, clothed in double-breasted jacket and bow tie, cut roughly at the base as if from a tree and … Read more

U.S. ramps up Venezuela effort

From 2008 to 2018, the U.S. government poured more than $122 million into Venezuela for everything from democracy projects to emergency aid for migrants. USAID and State Department grants for Venezuela projects jumped from $6,151,570 in 2016 to $20,874,975 this year. Below is graphic of USAID and State Department grants by year. Many of the same … Read more