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

Big bucks for “battle of ideas”

The U.S. government spent $204,478,658 on democracy promotion projects targeting Cuba from 2001 through 2019, records show. The top three recipients were: Grupo de Apoyo a la Democracia, with $16,869,165 Pan-American Development Foundation, $16,098,509 International Republican Institute, $14,985,461 Most of the money – $121,801,254 – went toward “democratic participation and civil society.” Records show $23,516,054 … Read more

U.S. to spend $1 million-plus to train Cuban students, young professionals

The State Department has launched a $1,033,086 project to train “emerging Cuban leaders.” The goal: To develop 20 to 45 university students or young professionals who will help boost democracy in Cuba. The State Department’s Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs, or WHA, had been scheduled to start the three-year-long project in September. According to a … Read more