The rise and fall of ZunZuneo

Trying to create a social network in Cuba is tricky business, especially if you want to hide from users the fact that the U.S. government is paying for it. But ZunZuneo grew rapidly, attracting 55,000 mobile phone users in Cuba by 2012. The U.S. Agency for International Development hired a private company, Creative Associates International, … Read more

Cuba denies U.S. claims that it exploits doctors

Cuban officials on Thursday denounced a U.S. government plan to spend up to $3 million to “investigate, collect, and analyze information related to human rights violations – including forced labor – of Cuban medical personnel exported overseas.” The Agency for International Development plan, first reported by the Cuba Money Project, is part of a broader … Read more

Low-key foundation reveals approach in Cuba

A U.S. government-financed group working in Cuba hired subcontractors from Costa Rica, Mexico and other countries to avoid attracting the attention of Cuban intelligence agents, the organization’s former director said. John Sanbrailo, director of the Pan American Development Foundation from 1999 to 2017, said his organization taught the subcontractors “how they could safely work in … Read more

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