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

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” … Read more

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