Scholarship pipeline runs from Cuba to the U.S. and Africa

The State Department must have some respect for Cuba’s educational system because it has been financing scholarships for Africans who earned college degrees in Cuba. Back in December, I wrote about a State Department program to send Cubans to graduate school in the United States. See “U.S. spends $1.5 million to train Cuban leaders.” A … Read more

State Department’s FOIA processing time: A blistering 37 years

The State Department has located 135,000 records in response to a Freedom of Information request demanding information about the medical and health problems that U.S. government employees reported in Cuba. The James Madison Project and New Yorker magazine in February sued the State Department for disclosure of information about the supposed “acoustic attacks.” See Lawyer: … Read more

Elliott Abrams: Nicolás Maduro is already an ex-president

When a reporter asked Elliott Abrams about complaints that the United States is interfering in Venezuela’s affairs, Abrams sidestepped the question and said Cuba is the meddler and had been sticking its nose in Venezuela’s business for “a long time.” Abrams did not mention that the U.S. government has been trying to undermine the Cuban … Read more

U.S. seeks new democracy projects in Cuba

The State Department on Thursday announced that it is seeking ideas for new democracy promotion projects in Cuba. U.S. officials are looking for creative new ways to promote “civil, political, religious, and labor rights.” Selected organizations will receive from $500,000 to $2 million to carry out their projects, which are illegal under Cuban law. The … Read more

Rocky transition in Colombia despite U.S. aid

U.S. government agencies have poured nearly three-quarters of a billion dollars into Colombia since 2017. The Agency for International Development led the way with $349,429,424 in grants and contracts followed by the State Department with $292,510,963 and the Department of Defense, $72,437,788. See details of U.S. grants and aid to Colombia, along with a list … Read more