Senator rejects loosening sanctions against Cuba

U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez said today that Democrats, not Republicans, have led the way in pushing for freedom and democracy in Cuba. He accused the Trump administration of abandoning efforts to push for human rights around the world and said the Biden administration would do a better job. He said he continues to support U.S. … Read more

From Obama to Trump and now Biden

U.S. Agency for International Development spending for democracy projects in Cuba dropped by 70 percent from 2014 to 2015 while the Obama administration pursued improved relations with the socialist government, records show. Spending plunged even further in 2016, hitting a low of $1,197,303 during President Obama’s final year in office. USAID spending for Cuba programs … Read more

What happens to U.S. money targeting Cuba?

On Saturday, Cuban YouTuber, blogger and broadcaster Boris Sancho invited me to his program, Hablando Claro (Speaking Clearly), to talk about democracy-promotion projects in Cuba. The U.S. Agency for International Development has spent millions of dollars to promote democracy in Cuba. Sancho asked me how much of the money actually reaches the island. I told … Read more

20 years and $221 million later

U.S. government agencies reported spending $221,329,357 on Cuba-related projects from about 2001 to 2020, according to USAID’s Foreign Aid Explorer. The number doesn’t represent total U.S. government spending. Radio & TV Martí isn’t included, for instance. But a look at the $221 million in spending does provide a window into U.S. approach toward Cuba. See … Read more

NGOs sink millions of dollars into Cuba fight

The grudge match over Cuba has got to be one of the most hotly contested fights ever. Dozens of U.S.-based non-profit organizations have sunk millions of dollars into the Cuba cause. Groups that oppose the socialist government outnumber and outspend NGOs that seek improved relations between the two countries. Some NGOs receive support from such … Read more