Big bucks for “battle of ideas”

The U.S. government spent $475,035,876 on democracy promotion projects targeting Cuba from 1990 through 2018, records show. The top three recipients were: Grupo de Apoyo a la Democracia, with $39,769,619 International Republican Institute, $37,716,506 Pan-American Development Foundation, $36,961,556 Records show the names of the organizations that received a total of $363,725,255. See full list. The … Read more

USAID will highlight “failures of the Cuban Revolution”

The U.S. Agency for International Development plans to award up to $2 million for human rights projects targeting Cuba. USAID says it will advance human rights through: 1) support to Cuban political prisoners and their family members, and 2) increased domestic and international awareness about the realities faced by Cuban citizens and failures of the … Read more

Lawmakers want $20 million for Cuba projects in 2020

The U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday passed a $982.8 billion spending package that includes $20 million for democracy promotion in Cuba and $12,973,000 for Radio and TV Martí. The spending would cover fiscal year 2020, which runs from Oct. 1, 2019, through Sept. 30, 2020. The House Committee on Appropriations included a request that … Read more

USAID wants its own elite special forces

The U.S. government is moving ahead with a plan to give American international development workers special forces training so they’ll be better equipped to operate in hostile environments. Under the plan, the Agency for International Development would develop rapid expeditionary development teams, or RED teams, that would work with or in close proximity of elite … Read more

Rocky transition in Colombia despite U.S. aid

U.S. government agencies have poured nearly three-quarters of a billion dollars into Colombia since 2017. The Agency for International Development led the way with $349,429,424 in grants and contracts followed by the State Department with $292,510,963 and the Department of Defense, $72,437,788. See details of U.S. grants and aid to Colombia, along with a list … Read more