14ymedio approaches 6th anniversary

Cuba has “the most restricted climate for the press in the Americas,” according to the Committee to Protect Journalists in New York. “Print and broadcast media are wholly controlled by the one-party Communist state… The government targets critical journalists through harassment, physical and online surveillance, short-term detentions, home raids, and equipment seizures.” Despite such straits, … Read more

Cuban doctors in the crosshairs

The U.S. Agency for International Development has given $1 million to an anti-communist foundation that will promote human rights in Cuba. I suspect the money is linked to USAID’s pledge to spend up to $3 million to “investigate, collect, and analyze information related to human rights violations – including forced labor – of Cuban medical … Read more

Dissident’s arrest triggers debate over funding

The Cuban government calls José Daniel Ferrer “a salaried agent of the United States.” He says his only loyalty is to Cubans who want democratic change. Ferrer leads the Patriotic Union of Cuba, UNPACU by its Spanish initials. Cuban authorities detained him and other human rights activists on Oct. 1. On Oct. 18, Secretary of … Read more

USAID shells out $2.6 million for Cuba projects

In late September, the U.S. Agency for International Development awarded $2,677,639 to six nonprofit groups for democracy promotion in Cuba. The recipients and grant amounts are below: Grupo de Apoyo a la Democracia: $750,000. International Republican Institute: $686,209. Outreach Aid to the Americas Inc.: $500,000. International Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights: $325,000. Asociación … Read more

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