Cuba spending: Setting the record straight

Earlier this month, I reported that the U.S. Agency for International Development and and the National Endowment for Democracy had spent around $73 million toward Cuba projects since Donald Trump took office. On Friday, I discovered I made a mistake. I redid my calculations and now believe that USAID, the State Department and NED have … Read more

Survey: Cubans are struggling to survive

Economic and social conditions have gotten worse for Cubans over the past year, according to a new survey by Observatorio Cubanos de Derechos Humanos. The survey of 1,249 Cubans said: 42% of respondents said they “experience difficulties even to buy the most essential goods for survival.” 35% say they “have enough income to survive, but … Read more

Puzzling questions about Cuban Embassy attack

Six months after Alexander Alazo attacked the Cuban Embassy in Washington, D.C., some details about the incident remain secret. A State Department Special Agent and a State Department Joint Terrorism Task Force officer interviewed Alazo after he stopped in front of the embassy on April 30 and blazed away with an AK-47, firing 32 rounds … Read more

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

20 years and $221 million later

U.S. government agencies reported spending $221,329,357 on Cuba-related projects from about 2001 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 $221 million in spending does provide a window into U.S. approach toward Cuba. See … Read more