State Department will continue to pressure Cuba

Secretary of State Antony Blinken said today he supports democracy programs targeting Cuba and will look into why the proposed budget for the Office of Cuba Broadcasting for 2022 has been slashed from around $20 million to under $13 million. Under questioning from U.S. Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, Blinken said U.S. officials are reviewing U.S. policy … Read more

Democracy, Inc.

Non-governmental organizations spend a ton of money trying to influence internal affairs in Cuba. In January 2000, I published tax documents that gave some insight into spending trends. See “NGOs sink millions of dollars into Cuba fight.” I have reviewed a sampling of tax and audit documents filed since that time and am sharing excerpts … Read more

Judge demands explanation in Cuba case

A federal judge earlier this month ordered the State Department to explain why it has been so slow to produce records related to the acoustic incidents that injured U.S. diplomats in Havana. New Yorker magazine and a watchdog group, the James Madison Project, sued the State Department in February 2019 for documents about the incidents. … Read more

Biden wants $20 million for Cuba programs, not including Radio & TV Martí

The Biden administration is requesting $58.5 billion for the State Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development for 2022, a 10% increase over this year’s budget. The proposed budget includes $20 million for democracy programs targeting Cuba, the same level of funding as 2021. Also included in the budget: $141 million for Colombia, down … Read more

U.S. is training aspiring Cuban entrepreneurs

The U.S. government is training 30 aspiring women entrepreneurs in Cuba as part of a three-month program that began earlier this month. A group in Ecuador – Centro de Estudios de la Camara de Comercio de Quito CEC – will operate the project from May 4 to July 31. The State Department gave the organization … Read more