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"An extensive network of groups financed by the US government sends cash to Cuba to thousands of 'democracy activists', journalists and dissidents every year"—with that initial note, journalist Tracey Eaton, a specialist in Cuba related issues, focuses on the underlying reality of the subversive programs promoted by the United States on the island, some so secret that the recipients of the funds are never published.
The explanation lies in two reasons: to protect those involved from alleged reprisals and to respect the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), which prohibits the disclosure of strategies to "rescue Cuban democracy."
A broader question, the answer to which, according to Eaton, he also does not know, is whether groups financed by the U.S. administration are channeling money to the San Isidro Movement (MSI).
While a November 24 State Department announcement offering up to $1 million for programs that promote "civil, political, religious and labor rights" does not mention the MSI—according to Eaton—most likely is that the US government is trying to act quickly before the end of the political and social tension that has been built up.
An analysis of the fabricated media insights is notoriously difficult, but Tracey Eaton brings us closer to the magnitude of the phenomenon through evidence shared below.
The following table shows a sample of groups that have received a total of $16,569,889 in grants from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) since 2017. Although USAID reports funding for only five or six groups in a given year, about a dozen may still be operating under the previous year's grants.
Over 50 goups operated USAID, or NED-funded #Cuba programmes during the #Trump admin. A sample of groups have received $16,569,889 in grants from USAID since 2017. Tracey Eaton provides evidence that US regime change programmes are alive and well in Cuba. https://t.co/S3KZfHs11F
This chart shows how much USAID expects to pay the groups over time. The amount totals $67,020,757, but will likely be less because it depends on funding from the U.S. Congress, which is not yet secured. However, it can be seen how the funding is maintained.
The total number of groups reaches 54, and based on a quick count of organizations that are the most visible, the groups include:
Agora Cuba Inc. Arlenica, Art, Language and Research for Social Change Cronos Civil Association Diario de Cuba Association Mexican Association for the United Nations Youth Minga Peru Association Bacardi Family Foundation Global Campaign for Free Expression A19 B.C. Canyon Communications LLC Caribbean Tales Worldwide Distribution Inc. Center for a Free Cuba Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) Center for Ibero-American Constitutional Studies Christian Solidarity International Clovek v tisni, o.p.s. (People in Need) Cubalex Cuban Democratic Directorate Cuban Soul Foundation, Inc. CubaNet News, Inc. Digital News Association, Inc. Echo Cuba/Americas Relief Team Editorial Hypermedia Inc. Foundation for Human Rights in Cuba, Inc. Free Society Project Incorporated Freedom House Inc. Urban Poster Foundation Public Space Foundation Public Voice Foundation Pro Bono Foundation Global Rule of Law & Liberty Legal Defense Fund Democracy Support Group International Group for Corporate Social Responsibility in Cuba Institute for War and Peace Reporting (IWPR) Cuban Institute for the Freedom of Expression and Press Institute of Communication and Development Simone de Beauvoir Leadership Institute AC Inter-American Institute of Human Rights Political Institute for Liberty-Peru Institute Press and Society International Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights International Platform for Human Rights in Cuba International Republican Institute Factual Research and Innovation A.C. Latin American and Caribbean Network for Democracy Inc. Latin American Center for Nonviolence Latin American Cultural Union Libertatis National Democratic Institute for International Affairs Cuban Human Rights Observatory Outreach Aid to the Americas Inc. Pan American Development Foundation Inc. People in Need Slovakia (PIPA) Electoral Transparency Sergio Arboleda University
Groups that receive secret funding are not included in this list.
The State Department, USAID, and NED report having "undisclosed" or "miscellaneous" contractors whose names are not published.
Another mystery is how many Cubans receive money from US-funded organizations. Tax records provide few clues.
In 2018, for example, the Cuban Democratic Directorate reported paying 746 "employees, agents and contractors" a total of $103,64. That group also reported paying $48,628 to 1930 people on the island.
As such, it is impossible to know exactly how much of the money from U.S. democracy promotion programs end up in Cuba and how many people are paid.