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Cuba spending hovers around $1 billion

Cuba spending hovers around $1 billion

The State Department, the Agency for International Development and the National Endowment for Democracy have spent $304,300,000 on Cuba-related democracy programs since 1996.

Democracy Programs in Cuba: the NED report

Democracy Programs in Cuba: the NED report

The National Endowment for Democracy is a major recipient of US government funds for channeling to democracy programs in Cuba. The NED, based in Washington, D.C., does a better job than most organizations in disclosing to the public how it spends its money.

Bungling agent Alan Gross becomes change agent in Cuba

Bungling agent Alan Gross becomes change agent in Cuba

His story reads like a script from the old spy spoof “Get Smart”

Beat goes on at office of Cuba broadcasting

Beat goes on at office of Cuba broadcasting

The Office of Cuba Broadcasting, or OCB, has signed more than 100 contracts worth nearly $1 million since the U.S. and Cuba on Dec. 17 announced they would begin renewing diplomatic ties. (List of contracts is below).

Analysis: Alan Gross put Cuba’s Jews in awkward position

Analysis: Alan Gross put Cuba’s Jews in awkward position

The activities of American Jew Alan Gross, who was released from prison by Cuban authorities three weeks ago, put the Cuban Jewish community in a precarious position, says The Jerusalem Post.

The history of absurd American plots in Cuba

The history of absurd American plots in Cuba

After the 1960s, U.S. policy against Cuba gradually shifted from covert action to rely on the commercial, economic and financial embargo imposed on the country. However, a number of schemes devised by the U.S. Agency for International Development have come to light in recent years that appeared to hark back to an age of covert regime change.

Senator: USAID’s Cuba hip-hop project ‘reckless’

Senator: USAID’s Cuba hip-hop project ‘reckless’

A U.S. agency’s secret infiltration of Cuba’s underground hip-hop scene to spark a youth movement against the government was “reckless” and “stupid,” Sen. Patrick Leahy said Thursday after The Associated Press revealed the operation.

U.S. senators visit Cuba; optimistic Gross will be freed

U.S. senators visit Cuba; optimistic Gross will be freed

Sen. Jeff Flake, a Republican from Arizona, and Sen. Tom Udall, a Democrat from New Mexico, believe that the Cuban government will free Alan Gross. Still, they will fly back Wednesday to the U.S. without the imprisoned government USAID subcontractor.

In Cuba, misadventures in regime change

In Cuba, misadventures in regime change

Washington should recognize that the most it can hope to accomplish is to positively influence Cuba’s evolution toward a more open society. That is more likely to come about through stronger diplomatic relations than subterfuge.

‘Let him rot’ says Cuban dissident of Alan Gross

‘Let him rot’ says Cuban dissident of Alan Gross

WASHINGTON, D.C. – It took Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo just three words to dismiss the New York Times editorial on Alan Gross. It urged President Obama to swap three convicted Cuban spies in exchange for Cuba releasing our USAID subcontractor. Pardo responded: “Let Him Rot.” With the brevity befitting a Cuban fiction writer and blogger,…

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