Cuba spending: Setting the record straight

Earlier this month, I reported that the U.S. Agency for International Development and and the National Endowment for Democracy had spent around $73 million toward Cuba projects since Donald Trump took office. On Friday, I discovered I made a mistake. I redid my calculations and now believe that USAID, the State Department and NED have … Read more

Survey: Cubans are struggling to survive

Economic and social conditions have gotten worse for Cubans over the past year, according to a new survey by Observatorio Cubanos de Derechos Humanos. The survey of 1,249 Cubans said: 42% of respondents said they “experience difficulties even to buy the most essential goods for survival.” 35% say they “have enough income to survive, but … Read more

Puzzling questions about Cuban Embassy attack

Six months after Alexander Alazo attacked the Cuban Embassy in Washington, D.C., some details about the incident remain secret. A State Department Special Agent and a State Department Joint Terrorism Task Force officer interviewed Alazo after he stopped in front of the embassy on April 30 and blazed away with an AK-47, firing 32 rounds … Read more

At least $24 million in COVID aid to Cuba-related enterprises

In June 2019, U.S. authorities ended people-to-people travel to Cuba. “These actions will help to keep U.S. dollars out of the hands of Cuban military, intelligence, and security services,” Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin declared. The move also hurt South Florida travel businesses that helped arrange trips to Cuba. Less than a year later, COVID-19 hit, … Read more

New petition demands audit of Cuba programs

Cuban YouTuber and activist Boris Sancho earlier this month started a petition on Change.org asking for U.S. government Cuba grants to be audited. He wrote: From 2001 to 2020, according to IRS public records, more than $407 million has been spent. When accessing the tax forms of these tax-exempt organizations, they declare absurd expenses in … Read more