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

From Obama to Trump and now Biden

U.S. Agency for International Development spending for democracy projects in Cuba dropped by 70 percent from 2014 to 2015 while the Obama administration pursued improved relations with the socialist government, records show. Spending plunged even further in 2016, hitting a low of $1,197,303 during President Obama’s final year in office. USAID spending for Cuba programs … Read more

Low-key foundation reveals approach in Cuba

A U.S. government-financed group working in Cuba hired subcontractors from Costa Rica, Mexico and other countries to avoid attracting the attention of Cuban intelligence agents, the organization’s former director said. John Sanbrailo, director of the Pan American Development Foundation from 1999 to 2017, said his organization taught the subcontractors “how they could safely work in … Read more

Cuba sticks with socialism $176 million later

The U.S. government shelled out at least $176,814,772 on democracy-promotion programs in Cuba from 2010 to 2018, spending records show. The total is an estimate, an imperfect and incomplete number based on figures that the U.S. Agency for International Development and the State Department reported. But it provides a window into the scope of U.S. … Read more