Did Radio & TV Martí break the law?

A Cuban-American author who wrote pro-Trump pieces for taxpayer-funded Radio & TV Martí was not paid for his work, a U.S. Agency for Global Media spokeswoman told the Washington Post. If that’s true, Radio & TV Martí may have violated federal law. Federal agencies are prohibited from receiving free work under a little-known law called … Read more

Like father, like son: The urge to rebel

Juan Juan Almeida, son of a revolutionary who fought with Fidel Castro, grew up around Cuba’s political and military elites. He studied criminal law and became a lawyer. In 2009, he wrote “Memoirs of an unknown Cuban guerrilla fighter,” a novel that satirized the ruling class. He wanted to leave the country, but authorities wouldn’t … Read more

Taxpayers foot the bill, but are Cubans watching?

The U.S. Agency for Global Media on Wednesday reported that its weekly audience rose to 345 million, up from 278 million in 2017, a 24 percent increase. The report gives a snapshot of the radio, television and Internet audience of the agency’s five media outlets: Voice of America Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty Cuba Broadcasting, including … Read more

U.S. funds stealth Facebook accounts in Cuba

The Office of Cuba Broadcasting, or OCB, pays Cuban contractors to create non-branded Facebook accounts that hide the fact that they are funded by the American government. The OCB “is establishing on island digital teams to create non-branded local Facebook accounts to disseminate information,” according to a 2019 budget document. “Native pages increase the chances … Read more

Taxpayers finance anti-Soros rant

President Donald Trump on Friday spoke out against “political violence,” but then minutes later repeated the phrase “lock him up” in response to followers chanting that George Soros be jailed. Soros is a philanthropist who has given away more than $32 billion to finance his Open Society Foundations, which “have supported individuals and organizations across … Read more