USAID’s Cuba spending under Trump: nearly $50 million

The U.S. Agency for International Development has spent nearly $46 million toward Cuba projects since Donald Trump took office on Jan. 20, 2017. Records show USAID awarded additional grants in September, bringing the total to nearly $50 million. See USAID awards $3.8 million in Cuba grants. The agency spent most of the money from 2018 … Read more

USAID awards $3.8 million in Cuba grants (revised)

The U.S. Agency for International Development in September awarded at least six grants totaling $3,828,882 to boost human rights, promote democratic values and assist political prisoners and their families in Cuba. Recipients include: Grupo de Apoyo a la Democracia, $625,000 Bacardi Family Foundation, $600,000 The Foundation for Human Rights in Cuba, $544,846 Outreach Aid to … Read more

USAID awards $410,710 to Florida news company

The U.S. Agency for International Development has awarded the Digital News Association $410,710 to promote human rights in Cuba, records show. The CEO and executive director of the Digital News Association is Gelet Martinez Fragela, founder of ADN Cuba. ADN operates as a for-profit company called Ulloo Media Inc. and lists the address, 5550 Glades … Read more

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