USAID plans to spend up to $3 million to investigate Cuban doctors

The U.S. Agency for International Development is offering up to $3 million to organizations that would “investigate, collect, and analyze information related to human rights violations – including forced labor – of Cuban medical personnel exported overseas.” USAID on Monday stated: The Cuban regime exploits its medical professionals, teachers and other workers, using them to … Read more

Big bucks for “battle of ideas”

The U.S. government spent $475,035,876 on democracy promotion projects targeting Cuba from 1990 through 2018, records show. The top three recipients were: Grupo de Apoyo a la Democracia, with $39,769,619 International Republican Institute, $37,716,506 Pan-American Development Foundation, $36,961,556 Records show the names of the organizations that received a total of $363,725,255. See full list. The … Read more

FOIA case over “acoustic attacks” drags on

An anti-secrecy group and New Yorker magazine today agreed to narrow the scope of their Freedom of Information Act request for documents about the purported sonic or acoustic attacks in Havana. In May, the State Department said it had found 135,000 records in response to the FOIA request and it would process the documents at … Read more

Cubans snag 11th spot in visa lottery

Cubans won 2,703 visas in the latest U.S. visa lottery, outpacing all but 10 countries, State Department figures show. Applicants in Egypt obtained the highest number of visas, with 5,568, followed by Russia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Iran, Nepal, Sudan, Albania, Ukraine, Algeria and Turkey. See visa winners by country. The federal government awards … Read more

Judge tries to speed up FOIA case over “acoustic attacks”

An anti-secrecy group and New Yorker magazine are trying to force the State Department to disclose information about purported “acoustic attacks” in Havana that led to a worsening of U.S.-Cuba relations. The James Madison Project, which seeks accountability in government, and the magazine sued after their Freedom of Information Act, or FOIA, requests didn’t produce … Read more