USAID: Keeping it in the family

The U.S. government has awarded $726,644 to a non-profit group linked to a lawyer who has called on the Trump administration to indict Raúl Castro on criminal charges. The Agency for International Development gave money to the Global Rule of Law & Liberty Legal Defense Fund on Sept. 11. The grant will be used for … Read more

USAID: $1.5 million for human rights in Cuba

The U.S. Agency for International Development has awarded a $1.5 million contract to Canyon Communications LLC, a California company that will work to boost awareness of human rights violations in Cuba and engage “an increasing number of Cuban citizens in efforts to advocate for greater human rights and civil liberties.” USAID says the grant is … Read more

Cuba: U.S. sanctions are “act of genocide”

The United Nations on Thursday is scheduled to vote on a resolution condemning U.S. sanctions against Cuba. Cuban officials say the U.S. blockade, as they call it, has intensified and has caused more than $134,499,800,000 in damages to Cuba over the past six decades, according to a Cuban government report. See report’s introduction below. In … Read more

Top U.S. diplomat in Havana rides in style

The State Department spent $288,560 to renovate an elevator at the U.S. ambassador’s residence in Havana. A German company called Fuduric GMBH & Co. signed the elevator contract on Sept. 29, 2017, and was expected to finish the job by May 29, 2018. The company’s task: To renovate a “Historic Electric Traction Passenger Elevator in … Read more

Cuba projects fly under the radar

A California company called Internews Network proudly declares that it works in far-flung spots around the world, everywhere from Tajikistan and Nepal to Albania and Vanuatu. Cuba appears nowhere on the company’s where we work list. Yet the State Department gave the company at least $2 million for three Cuba projects in 2015 and 2016, … Read more