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

Government employees shafted. Taxpayers, too

The U.S. Agency for International Development, the State Department and other federal agencies have drafted guides telling employees what they can and can’t do during a government shutdown. One thing many of them can do is apply for unemployment benefits. So taxpayers end up paying at least some of their salaries during the shutdown. Here … Read more