Intrigue over a $6.4 million payment

The federal government paid $6.4 million to a lawyer who helped secure the release of Alan Gross, an American development worker jailed in Cuba for five years. The U.S. Agency for International Development gave the money to Gilbert LLP, a Washington, D.C. law firm, records show. Scott Gilbert, a partner at the firm, was the … Read more

USAID awards nearly $6 million in Cuba grants

The U.S. Agency for International Development has awarded $5,976,644 Cuba grants for democracy-promotion work so far in 2018, spending records show. Recipients include the Bacardí Family Foundation, Canyon Communications LLC, Center for a Free Cuba, Global Rule of Law & Liberty Legal Defense Fund (renamed Global Liberty Alliance), Grupo de Apoyo a la Democracia  and … Read more

Barcardí pushing for Cuba Libre with U.S. help

The U.S. Agency for International Development has awarded the Barcardí Family Foundation $1,553,494 for democracy-promotion work in Cuba. Contract records do not give details about the foundation’s plans. The non-profit organization’s “flagship program” for 2017 and 2018 is Cuba Decide, a citizen initiative aimed at organizing “a vote that changes the oppressive communist party-ruled system … Read more

USAID: $1.5 million for human rights in Cuba

The U.S. Agency for International Development has awarded a $1.5 million contract to Canyon Communications LLC, a California company that will work to boost awareness of human rights violations in Cuba and engage “an increasing number of Cuban citizens in efforts to advocate for greater human rights and civil liberties.” USAID says the grant is … Read more