20 years and $221 million later

U.S. government agencies reported spending $221,329,357 on Cuba-related projects from about 2001 to 2020, according to USAID’s Foreign Aid Explorer. The number doesn’t represent total U.S. government spending. Radio & TV Martí isn’t included, for instance. But a look at the $221 million in spending does provide a window into U.S. approach toward Cuba. See … Read more

NED: Nearly $14 million in Cuba grants under Trump

Since Donald Trump became president, the State Department has funneled at least $13,954,253 to the National Endowment for Democracy for Cuba-related projects, records show. Here are the top five recipients through 2019, according to the latest records I could find at explorer.usaid.gov: NGO – Non United States Redacted (recipients not disclosed by U.S. government), $2,008,247 … Read more

Cuba Broadcasting passes audit

The U.S. government’s own auditors figure that government agencies made $175 billion in improper payments during fiscal year 2019, which ended on Sept. 30, 2019. Agencies are required to self-police to try to find improper payments. The Office of Cuba Broadcasting examined 145 payments worth $8,091,442 and discovered 47 improper payments worth $201,540, according to … Read more

U.S. offers $2 million to promote human rights in Cuba

The State Department is offering up to $2 million to organizations that will promote human rights in Cuba. An award announcement stated: “Proposals should offer a specific vision for contributing to change while acknowledging and developing contingencies for challenges to program implementation.” The announcement accuses Cuba of denying its citizens “many of the human rights … Read more

Former official now on a path to redemption

A counterterrorism expert survived near-death experiences in Pakistan only to fall victim to his own creative yet fraudulent paperwork. Haroon Ullah, once a rising star at the U.S. Agency for Global Media, must spend three months in jail for cheating the federal government, a judge ruled last week. Ullah must also pay $34,388.63 in restitution … Read more