Cuba budget request reflects competing interests

The House Appropriations Committee earlier this month approved a bill that would authorize the State Department to spend $20 million on democracy promotion projects in Cuba during fiscal 2022, which begins Oct. 1. Nearly half the money – $9.98 million – would go toward civil society; $4.78 million would be spent on independent media and free … Read more

Anti-embargo activist leads cross-country march

Below is a quick and imperfect transcript of my interview with Carlos Lazo, a Cuban-American activist who is leading a march from Miami to Washington, D.C., in hopes of pressuring the Biden administration to reverse Donald Trump’s hardline policies against Cuba. The Spanish version is first, followed by the English translation. Carlos Lazo: Bueno, yo … Read more

$2 million up for grabs for democracy projects in Cuba

The U.S. Agency for International Development is offering up to $2 million for new democracy-promotion programs in Cuba. USAID’s goals are to: “Advance the effectiveness of independent civil society groups” that are pushing for “greater human rights and freedoms,” and “Develop broader coalitions to expand civil society’s impact.” Grants will range from $500,000 to $1 … Read more