USAID: $3 million to expose “exploited” sex workers and other laborers in Cuba

U.S. officials on Wednesday announced plans to spend up to $3 million for a “development program” aimed at “exposing exploitation” of Cuban laborers, including hotel employees, sex workers and others who are ostensibly part of the country’s hospitality and tourism industry. The U.S. Agency for International Development will award as many as three grants worth … Read more

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