What happens to U.S. money targeting Cuba?

On Saturday, Cuban YouTuber, blogger and broadcaster Boris Sancho invited me to his program, Hablando Claro (Speaking Clearly), to talk about democracy-promotion projects in Cuba. The U.S. Agency for International Development has spent millions of dollars to promote democracy in Cuba. Sancho asked me how much of the money actually reaches the island. I told … Read more

Cuba spending: Setting the record straight

Earlier this month, I reported that the U.S. Agency for International Development had spent nearly $50 million toward Cuba projects since Donald Trump took office, and the National Endowment for Democracy had spent about $23 million. On Friday, I discovered I made a mistake. I redid my calculations today and now believe that USAID has … 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

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

30 years and $261 million later

U.S. government agencies reported spending $261,395,214 on Cuba-related projects from 1990 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 $261 million in spending does provide a window into U.S. approach toward Cuba. Almost half … Read more