Biden wants $20 million for Cuba programs, not including Radio & TV Martí

The Biden administration is requesting $58.5 billion for the State Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development for 2022, a 10% increase over this year’s budget. The proposed budget includes $20 million for democracy programs targeting Cuba, the same level of funding as 2021. Also included in the budget: $141 million for Colombia, down … Read more

No Embargo Movement gains strength

A Facebook group aimed at ending U.S. economic sanctions against Cuba has quickly gained more than 100,000 followers without spending a penny of advertising. The No Embargo Movement, or NEMO, describes itself as a humanitarian project, not a political group, and it has supporters on both sides of the Florida Straits. Below is a Q&A … Read more

A hijacker’s long, painful journey home

As the Boeing 737 made its final approach into Miami, a man calling himself “Lieutenant Spartacus” handed a note to a flight attendant. Unless the pilot diverts the aircraft to Havana, the note said, the passengers would be shot and the plane blown up. The hijacker identified himself as a member of the Black Liberation … Read more

First task for U.S. operatives in Cuba: Avoid detection

U.S. government contractors sometimes struggle to find Cubans who are willing to work with them. Cuban participants worry about the political nature of U.S. government-financed projects, according to a second batch of documents about one contractor’s work in Cuba. (See “USAID in Cuba: Code names and counter surveillance“). The U.S. Agency for International Development awarded … Read more