The U.S. Agency for International Development awarded a three-year, $4.3 million Cuba grant to the New America Foundation. That triggered some mild controversy because the foundation also operates the U.S.-Cuba Policy Initiative, aimed at promoting engagement with Cuba. News of the grant surprised Anya Landau French, director of the U.S.-Cuba Policy Initiative. She wrote: What [...]
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For the past two years, college student Karly Berezowsky has helped do research for the Cuba Money Project. She wrote letters as part of the project’s FOIA campaign and she added dozens of videos to the website’s YouTube channel. It has been great to have her help, but she graduates in December. I’ll be looking [...]
Democracy promotion programs in Cuba are aimed at encouraging the free flow of information and boosting civil society, not propping up the political opposition, the head of the U.S. Agency for International Development told the Miami Herald. Rajiv Shah told the Herald that while some of the Cuban government’s foes may benefit from USAID programs, [...]
On Aug. 3, the Center for Democracy in the Americas, or CDA, questioned the use of tax dollars to criticize the Catholic Church in Cuba. The non-profit group recalled a May 2012 Washington Post story about a Radio and TV Martí editorial that “called the archbishop of Havana a lackey who is colluding with an oppressive regime.” [...]
Cuban dissident leader Oswaldo Payá and activist Harold Cepero were killed in a car crash in eastern Cuba on July 22. They were traveling with two foreign supporters – Jens Aron Modig, 27, of Sweden, and Angel Carromero, 27, of Spain. Modig told Cuban authorities he traveled to the island to deliver 4,000 euros – [...]