$2 million up for grabs for democracy projects in Cuba

The U.S. Agency for International Development is offering up to $2 million for new democracy-promotion programs in Cuba. USAID’s goals are to: “Advance the effectiveness of independent civil society groups” that are pushing for “greater human rights and freedoms,” and “Develop broader coalitions to expand civil society’s impact.” Grants will range from $500,000 to $1 … Read more

State Department will continue to pressure Cuba

Secretary of State Antony Blinken said today he supports democracy programs targeting Cuba and will look into why the proposed budget for the Office of Cuba Broadcasting for 2022 has been slashed from around $20 million to under $13 million. Under questioning from U.S. Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, Blinken said U.S. officials are reviewing U.S. policy … Read more

Democracy, Inc.

Non-governmental organizations spend a ton of money trying to influence internal affairs in Cuba. In January 2000, I published tax documents that gave some insight into spending trends. See “NGOs sink millions of dollars into Cuba fight.” I have reviewed a sampling of tax and audit documents filed since that time and am sharing excerpts … Read more

Judge demands explanation in Cuba case

A federal judge earlier this month ordered the State Department to explain why it has been so slow to produce records related to the acoustic incidents that injured U.S. diplomats in Havana. New Yorker magazine and a watchdog group, the James Madison Project, sued the State Department in February 2019 for documents about the incidents. … Read more