Public diplomacy or interference?

The U.S. Embassy in Havana plans to award grants to NGOs, institutions and individuals that would strengthen Cuba’s independent civil society’s “professional ties” with the United States. The embassy stated: The Embassy has particular interest in projects that highlight democratic values and increased access to information, benefit underserved populations, promote entrepreneurial skills development, and promote … Read more

American Embassy in Havana wants better understanding of U.S. policy

The U.S. Embassy in Havana is offering grants for projects that “highlight democratic values” and increase the free flow of ideas and information in Cuba. Here’s the announcement: The Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy in Havana is pleased to announce funding availability through its Public Diplomacy Small Grants Program. This program supports projects … Read more

U.S. immigrant visas to Cubans down by 31 percent

The U.S. Embassy in Havana issued just 29 immigrant visas in fiscal year 2018, which ended on Sept. 30. That was little more than one-quarter percent of the 9,752 visas issued the previous year, a State Department report shows. The number of immigrant visas issued in Guyana jumped from 4,096 to 7,672 as thousands of … Read more

U.S. Embassy in Havana: A money pit for diplomats

The State Department has spent millions of dollars to renovate the American Embassy along Havana’s famed Malecón. Costs include at least $8 million for repair projects since 2010, records show. On Feb. 25, 2010, a Washington, D.C., company called CTS-Hardline signed a $2,241,474 contract for a project described as “Forced Entry/Ballistic Resistant (FE/BR) product replacement.” … Read more