Cuba Money Project does not endorse or support Cuba’s socialist government. It is a journalism initiative aimed at reporting stories about U.S. government programs and projects related to Cuba. Among the project’s goals:
- To shed light on U.S. efforts to bring about a democratic transition 60 years after Fidel Castro took power.
- To learn the fate of hundreds of millions of U.S. tax dollars spent on Cuba programs.
I started the project in December 2010 and ran it for several years at cubamoneyproject.org before taking down the website in around 2015. I relaunched the project in October 2018 and have redirected the old URL to the new site.
I am a journalist and former Havana bureau chief for the Dallas Morning News. See bio. My areas of interest include the:
- State Department
- Agency for Global Media (formerly the Broadcasting Board of Governors)
- Agency for International Development
- U.S. Embassy in Havana
- U.S. Naval Station at Guantánamo Bay
- Federal contracts, budgets, lawsuits, interesting documents and whistleblower cases, among other things.
The New York Times, Associated Press, Reuters, Atlantic, Columbia Journalism Review, Politico, the Miami Herald and other outlets have cited my Cuba work. In 2021, American University asked me to write a paper about the July 11 protests for an online symposium. See paper.
State-run media outlets in Cuba frequently pick up my articles describing the latest U.S. government democracy programs. They translate the articles into Spanish and publish them on state-run websites, or they discuss the revelations on Cuban TV and radio stations. They often claim that I am denouncing USAID and State Department programs. That is not accurate. I do not denounce U.S. government-funded programs. I report program and spending information, most of it found on USAspending.gov and other public sites. I have also questioned whether all U.S. government-financed programs are transparent and effective, but I do not denounce the programs as Cuban media outlets and some others have erroneously claimed. Nor do I refer to the U.S. projects as “subversion programs,” as some Cuban officials, analysts, academics and others call them in references to my work. The word “subversion” carries negative connotations that I try to avoid.
Cuban media outlets’ sometimes publish slanted descriptions of my work, which has given some people the wrong impression, unfortunately. As an independent journalist, I try to stay out of politics. Taking a political position would interfere with my efforts to interview people of all political persuasions – left, right and in between.
I have always been interested in a range of topics and characters. In 2020, I began work on a documentary about protesters, including those who swarmed the Capitol Building in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 6. See a sampling of photos here.
Over past few decades, I have interviewed hundreds of Cubans, including human rights activists, dissidents, artists and Cuban government supporters.
Cubans on and off the island have suffered much pain and heartache. Many Cubans are angry that the socialist government has failed to bring prosperity to the nation. They are justifiably upset that Cuban authorities have imprisoned Cubans who took to the streets in protest on July 11.
Cuban government supporters are bitter over U.S. economic sanctions targeting Cuba.
I feel great empathy toward all Cubans, including those who have endured economic hardship, injustice, rights violations and divided families.
Accuracy is important to me. If you have any corrections, feel free to send them my way. Thank you.