USAID in Cuba: Code names and counter surveillance

For decades now, the U.S. government has carried out democracy projects aimed at undermining Cuba’s socialist government. One deal that has always intrigued me was the $15.5 million, three-year contract awarded to Creative Associates International in October 2008. The fact that Creative Associates ran the program from a secret base in Costa Rica added to … Read more

Cuban armed forces – USAID’s new target?

Last fall, the U.S. Agency for International Development awarded the Digital News Association $410,710 to promote human rights in Cuba. USAID in recent weeks changed the description of the grant from “Promoting Human Rights” to “La Gente Sabe – Military Exposure in Cuba.” Anyone know what that means? During the Trump presidency, U.S. authorities tried … Read more

Senator rejects loosening sanctions against Cuba

U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez said today that Democrats, not Republicans, have led the way in pushing for freedom and democracy in Cuba. He accused the Trump administration of abandoning efforts to push for human rights around the world and said the Biden administration would do a better job. He said he continues to support U.S. … Read more

From Obama to Trump and now Biden

U.S. Agency for International Development spending for democracy projects in Cuba dropped by 70 percent from 2014 to 2015 while the Obama administration pursued improved relations with the socialist government, records show. Spending plunged even further in 2016, hitting a low of $1,197,303 during President Obama’s final year in office. USAID spending for Cuba programs … Read more

The democracy business in Cuba is bustling

A sprawling network of U.S. government-financed groups sends cash to thousands of Cuban democracy activists, journalists and dissidents each year. At any given moment, dozens of organizations manage democracy programs on the island. Public records reveal only fleeting glimpses of the mosaic. Some programs are so secret that the recipients of funds are never disclosed. … Read more