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

U.S. is training aspiring Cuban entrepreneurs

The U.S. government is training 30 aspiring women entrepreneurs in Cuba as part of a three-month program that began earlier this month. A group in Ecuador – Centro de Estudios de la Camara de Comercio de Quito CEC – will operate the project from May 4 to July 31. The State Department gave the organization … Read more

USAID in Cuba: Code names and counter surveillance

For decades now, the U.S. government has carried out democracy projects aimed at undermining Cuba’s socialist government. One deal that has always intrigued me was the $15.5 million, three-year contract awarded to Creative Associates International in October 2008. The fact that Creative Associates ran the program from a secret base in Costa Rica added to … Read more

Cuban armed forces – USAID’s new target?

Last fall, the U.S. Agency for International Development awarded the Digital News Association $410,710 to promote human rights in Cuba. USAID in recent weeks changed the description of the grant from “Promoting Human Rights” to “La Gente Sabe – Military Exposure in Cuba.” Anyone know what that means? During the Trump presidency, U.S. authorities tried … Read more

Senator rejects loosening sanctions against Cuba

U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez said today that Democrats, not Republicans, have led the way in pushing for freedom and democracy in Cuba. He accused the Trump administration of abandoning efforts to push for human rights around the world and said the Biden administration would do a better job. He said he continues to support U.S. … Read more