The democracy business in Cuba is bustling

A sprawling network of U.S. government-financed groups sends cash to thousands of Cuban democracy activists, journalists and dissidents each year. At any given moment, dozens of organizations manage democracy programs on the island. Public records reveal only fleeting glimpses of the mosaic. Some programs are so secret that the recipients of funds are never disclosed. … Read more

USAID targets Cuban tourism

The U.S. Agency for International Development has given a Florida nonprofit $97,321 for a program called, “Truth about Exploitation in Cuban Tourism.” USAID awarded the grant to the Directorio Democrático Cubano, or Cuban Democratic Directorate, on Nov. 5. The directorio was founded in Miami in 1990. It touts itself as an organization that promotes democracy … Read more

NED: Nearly $14 million in Cuba grants under Trump

Since Donald Trump became president, the State Department has funneled at least $13,954,253 to the National Endowment for Democracy for Cuba-related projects, records show. Here are the top five recipients through 2019, according to the latest records I could find at explorer.usaid.gov: NGO – Non United States Redacted (recipients not disclosed by U.S. government), $2,008,247 … 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

Exploring the roots of the NED

I was reading an old lawsuit against the National Endowment for Democracy and came across some history of the organization. Lawyers wrote: “NED acknowledged that it is and was exercising a traditional governmental CIA (Central Intelligence Agency) function. When it was revealed in the late 1960’s that some American private volunteer organizations were receiving covert … Read more