$1 million up for grabs for Cuba projects

The State Department is offering up to $1 million for programs that would boost “civil, political, religious, and labor rights in Cuba.” U.S. officials contend that Cuban authorities have “taken advantage of the coronavirus pandemic to increase repression and harassment of independent journalists and civil society activists.” “Despite these systemic efforts by the regime to … 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 awards $3.8 million in Cuba grants

The U.S. Agency for International Development in September awarded at least six grants totaling $3,828,882 to boost human rights, promote democratic values and assist political prisoners and their families in Cuba. Recipients include: Grupo de Apoyo a la Democracia, $625,000 Bacardi Family Foundation, $600,000 The Foundation for Human Rights in Cuba, $544,846 Outreach Aid to … Read more

USAID: $3 million to expose “exploited” sex workers and other laborers in Cuba

U.S. officials on Wednesday announced plans to spend up to $3 million for a “development program” aimed at “exposing exploitation” of Cuban laborers, including hotel employees, sex workers and others who are ostensibly part of the country’s hospitality and tourism industry. The U.S. Agency for International Development will award as many as three grants worth … Read more

U.S. offers $2 million to promote human rights in Cuba

The State Department is offering up to $2 million to organizations that will promote human rights in Cuba. An award announcement stated: “Proposals should offer a specific vision for contributing to change while acknowledging and developing contingencies for challenges to program implementation.” The announcement accuses Cuba of denying its citizens “many of the human rights … Read more