Government employees shafted. Taxpayers, too

The U.S. Agency for International Development, the State Department and other federal agencies have drafted guides telling employees what they can and can’t do during a government shutdown. One thing many of them can do is apply for unemployment benefits. So taxpayers end up paying at least some of their salaries during the shutdown. Here … Read more

USAID’s approach to Venezuela

The U.S. Agency for International Development is running programs in seven nations to address the crisis in Venezuela. Those nations include Mexico, Costa Rica, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Brazil and Trinidad and Tobago, according to a map last updated Nov. 9. USAID’s website states: USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) and Office of Food … Read more

Planning for “strategic transitions” in foreign lands

The U.S. Agency for International Development has created roadmaps to signal when it may be time for a “strategic transition” in certain countries of interest. USAID’s 2019 “journey to self-reliance” roadmap for Cuba gives the nation high marks for health and education, but criticizes the socialist government’s commitment to open and accountable governance. The agency … Read more

Promoting democracy or shaping a slanted narrative?

Over the past two decades, the U.S. government has spent millions of dollars on projects aimed at boosting independent journalism and the free flow of information in Cuba. The State Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development, or USAID, pay contractors to do the work. One contractor, the Institute for War & Peace Reporting, … Read more

U.S. ramps up Venezuela effort

From 2008 to 2018, the U.S. government poured more than $122 million into Venezuela for everything from democracy projects to emergency aid for migrants. USAID and State Department grants for Venezuela projects jumped from $6,151,570 in 2016 to $20,874,975 this year. Below is graphic of USAID and State Department grants by year. Many of the same … Read more