Cuba grant recipient: “So hungry they ate their fear”

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In late September, the U.S. Agency for International Development awarded $6,669,000 in grants for projects aimed at tracking human rights abuses, assisting political prisoners, exposing labor exploitation, funding independent journalists and “building common goals for democracy.”
The recipients, amounts and project descriptions are below:

  • International Republican Institute, $1,006,895 for projects “supporting human rights in Cuba” and “tracking and revealing abuses in Cuba.”
  • Pan American Development Foundation, $800,000 to expose labor exploitation in Cuba.
  • Foundation for Human Rights in Cuba, $717,000, to expose “exploitation of Cuban medical workers.”
  • Digital News Association, $604,920 for a project called, “La Gente Sabe – Military Exposure in Cuba.”
  • Grupo de Apoyo a la Democracia, $625,000 for “humanitarian assistance for political prisoners.”
  • International Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights, $546,000 for a program called, “So Hungry They Ate Their Fear: Human Rights Violations and Historically Marginalized Groups in Post-Protest Cuba.”
  • Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation, $545,573 to build “common goals for democracy.”
  • Directorio Democrático Cubano, $520,179 for a project called, “Truth About Exploitation in Cuban Tourism.”
  • Outreach Aid to the Americas, $500,000 for “acción humanitaria y conciencia.”
  • Cubanet News, $408,003 to denounce “exploitation of Cuban tourism workers through multimedia journalism.”
  • Asociación Observatorio Cubano de Derechos Humanos, $250,000 for a project titled, “Political Prisoners in Cuba: Denouncing, Monitoring and Advocating.”
  • Libertatis, $166,430 to promote human rights in Cuba.


Six of the 12 grant recipients are based in Florida; four are in Washington, D.C., one is in Texas and one in Spain.
USAID projects often last two to three years. Spending records show that the 12 recipients could receive a total of $18,390,305 if their projects are fully funded from now until the last of their programs end on Sept. 30, 2023. The full amount is not guaranteed and depends on funding from Congress.

Total grant amounts if all projects are fully funded by Congress.

33 thoughts on “Cuba grant recipient: “So hungry they ate their fear””

  1. This is a shameful waste of money and counterproductive.

    The US goes appropriately crazy about the least hint of Russian or Chinese or Islamic intrusion into our politics and on line media. Yet it does not hesitate to grossly intervene in Cuba.

    Cuba has problems in repressive control of opposition, but this kind of stuff makes it worse not better. All countries become more repressive when under attack. Look at our history during the First (Palmer Raids) and Second (Japanese internment) World Wars. Look at what we did during the McCarthy era to members of the Communist Party aligned with the USSR and after 9/11. Where in Cuba are prisoners force fed if they go on hunger strike? Guantanamo not Havana.

    Samantha Power should wonder if she is replicating the British role in Ireland and reread her speech at the UN when she abstained on the embargo vote.

    Take a look at Lou Perez seminal essay “Cuba As an Obsessive Compulsive Disorder” to understand the psycho-historical sources of US policy and why they always fail https://cubapeopletopeople.blogspot.com/2019/05/louis-perez-cuba-as-obsessive.html

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    • It also is worth repeating that the fastest most effective and most mutually beneficial way to bring about liberalization in Cuba’s economy and politics is to end the unilateral embargo. But that would be the death knell of the Beltway Bandits in Miami and Washington who profit from our phony war.

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  2. This subversion by the military superpower against Cuba is a shame and a scandal – for six decades now, and no end in sight. one can be sarcastic about this imperialist aggression: yes, there needs to be much more money to detect human rights problems in Cuba, but you do not need a dime to detect human rights abuses on a much bigger scale within the U.S. itself (and what it does abroad!!) and many other countries which are “friends” and partners of the U.S. of A.

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