Not quite as secret

The U.S. government spends so much money that it’s difficult to comprehend. I create interactive graphics to make it easier to follow the money. My sense is that U.S. agencies that manage Cuba projects are more transparent than they were in around 2009 when I first started looking at these projects. Agencies still shield some … Read more

A failure to communicate

The State Department did a poor job getting out the word of complaints that more than 20 U.S. embassy personnel and their family members in Havana had suffered “medical injuries similar to mild traumatic brain injury or concussion,” the U.S. Government Accountability Office reported. More effective communication is important, the GAO said, because it can … Read more

State Department blacklist grows

BUREAU OF ECONOMIC AND BUSINESS AFFAIRS November 15, 2018 Below is the U.S. Department of State’s list of entities and subentities under the control of, or acting for or on behalf of, the Cuban military, intelligence, or security services or personnel with which direct financial transactions would disproportionately benefit such services or personnel at the … Read more

America’s unrelenting quest to derail Cuba

The U.S. government paid at least $227 million for democracy-promotion projects from 2001 to 2017. A detailed list shows that the projects ranged from complex multimillion-dollar initiatives to grants of less than $50,000. The U.S. Agency for International Development and the State Department managed most of the projects. Annual funding peaked at $34 million in 2008 during … Read more

Promoting American values in Cuba

The State Department vows to promote American values in Cuba “while supporting the desire of Cubans to freely determine their futures and reduce their dependence on the Cuban state.” So what are American values? Vanderbilt University associate professor Vanessa Beasley told LiveScience they are subject to interpretation – like a Rorschach inkblot test. There are dominant American … Read more