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

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

USAID’s Cuba spending under Trump: nearly $40 million

The U.S. Agency for International Development and the State Department have spent $36,036,720 million toward Cuba projects since Donald Trump took office on Jan. 20, 2017. Records show USAID awarded additional grants in September, bringing the total to nearly $40 million. See USAID awards $3.8 million in Cuba grants. The agency spent most of the … Read more

Trump administration boosts NED spending for Cuba

The National Endowment for Democracy reported spending $5,405,400 in Cuba grants in 2019. That was a 16 percent increase over 2018 and a 42 percent increase over 2017. The top recipients in 2019 were the Cuban Democratic Directorate with $650,000; Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE), $305,726; Grupo Internacional para la Responsabilidad Social Corporativa en … Read more

Public diplomacy or interference?

The U.S. Embassy in Havana plans to award grants to NGOs, institutions and individuals that would strengthen Cuba’s independent civil society’s “professional ties” with the United States. The embassy stated: The Embassy has particular interest in projects that highlight democratic values and increased access to information, benefit underserved populations, promote entrepreneurial skills development, and promote … Read more