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

USAID pledges $750,000 for political prisoners in Cuba

The U.S. Agency for International Development will provide $750,000 to political prisoners in Cuba, the agency’s chief said Friday. “This will help facilitate information and help document ongoing human rights’ abuses,” USAID Administrator Mark Green said. Before joining USAID in August 2017, Green was president of the International Republic Institute in Washington, D.C. The IRI … Read more

$1.5 million in secrets

Back in 2015, the U.S. Agency for International Development sent me 123 pages of documents about a mysterious foundation’s work in Cuba. At last, the motherlode. There was just one problem: USAID had blacked out almost every trace of information that might shed light on what the Pan American Development Foundation was doing in Cuba. … Read more

USAID awards nearly $6 million in Cuba grants

The U.S. Agency for International Development has awarded $5,976,644 Cuba grants for democracy-promotion work so far in 2018, spending records show. Recipients include the Bacardí Family Foundation, Canyon Communications LLC, Center for a Free Cuba, Global Rule of Law & Liberty Legal Defense Fund (renamed Global Liberty Alliance), Grupo de Apoyo a la Democracia  and … 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