New petition demands audit of Cuba programs

Cuban YouTuber and activist Boris Sancho earlier this month started a petition on Change.org asking for U.S. government Cuba grants to be audited. He wrote: From 2001 to 2020, according to IRS public records, more than $407 million has been spent. When accessing the tax forms of these tax-exempt organizations, they declare absurd expenses in … Read more

30 years and $261 million later

U.S. government agencies reported spending $261,395,214 on Cuba-related projects from 1990 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 $261 million in spending does provide a window into U.S. approach toward Cuba. Almost half … Read more

NED: $23 million in Cuba grants under Trump

Since Donald Trump became president, the State Department has funneled at least $23,208,612 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: Cuban Democratic Directorate, $3,900,000 People in Need (Czech Republic), $1,433,616 Grupo para la … Read more

Cuba Broadcasting passes audit

The U.S. government’s own auditors figure that government agencies made $175 billion in improper payments during fiscal year 2019, which ended on Sept. 30, 2019. Agencies are required to self-police to try to find improper payments. The Office of Cuba Broadcasting examined 145 payments worth $8,091,442 and discovered 47 improper payments worth $201,540, according to … 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