World Note

U.S. Senator John Kerry has raised questions as to waste and corruption in distributing U.S. funds to anti-government groups in Cuba.

But despite Kerry’s insisting on cutting the amount to $15 million, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is asking for $20 million to fund subversive activities,  and is seeking proposals for future projects, due prior to July 18.

According U.S. journalist Tracey Eaton, cited by Granma newspaper on June 15, $6 million will be available to contractors targeting young people, ages 12 – 18. USAID anticipates “more distribution of laptops and [other means] to promote their concept of ‘freedom of expression.'”

Another $9 million directed to “groups of neighbors, cooperatives, sports clubs, [and] religious groups” will target “marginal populations” including blacks and rural youth. “The other five [million] will be spent in some other way,” which the source cited by reporter Jean Guy Allard did not specify.”



W. T. Whitney Jr.
W. T. Whitney Jr.

W.T. Whitney Jr. grew up on a dairy farm in Vermont and now lives in rural Maine. He practiced and taught pediatrics for 35 years and long ago joined the Cuba solidarity movement, working with Let Cuba Live of Maine, Pastors for Peace, and the Venceremos Brigade. He writes on Latin America and health issues for the People's World.