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El dinero de la NED a los grupos
contrarrevolucionarios en el 2005

NED Cuba Opposition Funding FYI

This is the result of a Freedom of Information Act request filed by journalist Anthony Fenton, who writes: "I will be posting these grants online along with others I have received in the next week or so. Please circulate freely amongst your contacts."

He is publishing this information for journalists and researchers interested in Cuba. If you are a journalist, feel free to publish the information, sourcing a "NED program officer in response to an FOIA request." Anthony is the requesting party.

The funds listed below are Special Department of State Funds through the NED and are not the sole source of funding for all of these organizations, since some, such as the Center for a Free Cuba, also receive money from USAID:

"This responds to your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for the 'exact amount of USAID money the Center for a Free Cuba has received since 1995 or since its inception.'

The Center received their first cooperative agreement with USAID in 1998. That total amount of funding obligated under the initial cooperative agreement was $5,049,709. On March 31, 2005, the first cooperative agreement ended and a new one began. Under the current cooperative agreement, the Center has been obligated $2,300,000."

The FY 2005 Cuba budget for USAID (from its own web site) was

$5,000,000 to "Build solidarity with democratic activists"
$1,300,000 to "Give voice to independent journalists"
$800,000 to "Help develop independent Cuban NGOs
$300,000 to "Defend the rights of Cuban workers"
$900,000 to "transmit information on democracy, human rights, and free market economics directly to the Cuban people in hard copy and by electronic means."
$700,000 for "Planning for transition"

Diana Barahona
[Beginning of Anthony Fenton's FOIA]

"Special Department of State Funds are provided in addition to our yearly  appropriation and are to be used in a specific, and often priority, country. In our region, Cuba is the only country for which we receive special funds. We review Cuba proposals following our standard guidelines and procedures; the only difference is the funding source."


Afro-Cuban Alliance
Special DOS Cuba Funds
To promote discussion about the conditions of Afro-Cubans and Afro-Cuban issues. The Afro-Cuban Alliance will establish a quarterly journal, Islas , that will be distributed inside and outside the island. The journal will seek to inform Cubans of African descent on the island and in exile about civil rights, the hidden history of slavery and racial discrimination in Cuba, the experience of civil rights movements, and how to organize to bring change.


Federación Sindical de Plantas Eléctricas, Gas y Agua (Federation of Electric, Gas and Water Plants)
Special DOS Cuba Funds
To promote labor rights and defend independent labor unions and workers in Cuba. Working with independent labor leaders, the Federation will produce a report on labor rights violations inside Cuba. The group will also support a training center in Havana that will train Cuban workers in worker rights and distribute information inside Cuba on international labor laws and the activities of international unions.

People in Need Foundation
Special DOS Cuba Funds
To support the spread of information inside Cuba through local “samizdat” literature. PINF will send Eastern Europeans who were active in producing “samizdat ” during the 1980s to Cuba to work with local journalists and dissident groups to develop a work plan to produce printed materials and a video-journal on life in Cuba. PINF will also organize the second meeting of the International Committee for Democracy in Cuba in Brussels, Belgium.
People in Peril Association
Special DOS Cuba Funds
To promote independent research and think tanks in Cuba. People in Peril will work with Cuban independent activists and intellectuals to conduct research and analysis on issues of political and economic transitions. People in Peril will pair the Cuban researchers with a group of Slovak former dissidents and leaders of the democratic transition to assist them in the research and to share with them their experiences.
Asociación Encuentro de la Cultura Cubana
(Cuban Culture Encounter Association)
Special DOS Cuba Funds
To promote free debate and discussion about Cuban politics and the future of Cuba. Endowment support will cover partial administrative expenses that will enable Encuentro to publish its journal Revista Encuentro and continue its web-based daily newspaper “Encuentro On-Line” and its internet chat portal “Connections.” Encuentro will publish four editions of its journal, which will be distributed in Cuba and abroad.
National Democratic Institute for International Affairs
Special DOS Cuba funds
To support peaceful democratic change in Cuba. NDI will help Varela Project representatives in Miami develop the organizational capacity of their newly registered non-profit, and continue to build awareness of and support for the Varela Project and the National Dialogue in the Latin America.
Cuban Committee for Human Rights
Special DOS Cuba funds
To advance the cause of human rights and democracy in Cuba. Endowment support will cover the operating costs and program activities of CCHR’s Miami office, which works on behalf of human rights and human rights activists in Cuba.
Special DOS Cuba funds
To promote the free flow of information to and from Cuba. CubaNet will provide humanitarian and material assistance to Cuban independent journalists on the island, hire a professional editor, and send representatives to Europe and Latin America to promote international solidarity with independent Cuban journalists.
Center for International Private Enterprise
To increase the flow of independent information to Cuba with the help of the Pan-American Development Fund. CIPE will distribute its award-winning magazine Perspectiva in Cuba. Perspectiva provides practical information and analysis on democratic, market-oriented reforms to its readers.
Bibliotecas Independientes de Cuba (Independent Libraries of Cuba, or BIC)
Special DOS Cuba Funds
To promote intellectual freedom and debate inside Cuba. BIC will continue to provide direct financial and material assistance to independent libraries in Cuba and promote international awareness of the library movement. BIC staff will travel to Latin America and Spain to meet with libraries, universities, think tanks, and other organizations to enlist their support for individual libraries and the libraries movement. 6/05
Center for a Free Cuba
Special DOS Cuba Funds
To provide humanitarian assistance and emergency relief to political prisoners and their families. Assistance will go to family members of the nearly 300 prisoners detained in Cuba because of their political beliefs. 6/05
Directorio (The Cuban Democratic Directorate)
Special DOS Cuba Funds
To promote access to objective information and news in rural communities inside Cuba. The Directorio will establish a short-wave radio station specializing in programming devoted to community development and community news. The station will reach out to youth and women as well as moderate elements of Cuban leadership through programs that will promote greater awareness of citizen participation, entertainment and events at the local level. 6/05
Disidente Universal de Puerto Rico
(Universal Dissident of Puerto Rico)
Special DOS Cuba Funds
To increase the flow of independent information to Cuba and within Cuba. Disidente will publish and distribute in Cuba its monthly journal, El Disidente, and maintain its website, www.disidenteuniversal.org, containing articles and editorials from activists living on the island, dissidents living in exile, international news organizations, and an up-to-date list of political prisoners in Cuba. 6/05
Fundación Hispano Cubana (Hispano-Cuban Foundation)
Special DOS Cuba Funds
To increase the flow of independent information to Cuba. The Foundation will publish and distribute in Cuba three editions of its journal Revista Hispano Cubana. The journal features articles and editorials on politics, human rights, and social and cultural issues. The Foundation will post each edition on the journal’s website, as well as prepare 16 previous editions of the journal in CD ROM format. 6/05
Partners of the Americas
Special DOS Cuba Funds
To strengthen women’s groups in Cuba and increase collaboration in Latin America. Partners will provide printed training material to women’s groups to strengthen their technical capacity in the areas of social communication, women’s legal rights, and leadership development. Partners will also facilitate links between Cuban and non-Cuban women’s rights groups interested in working with Cuban organizations. 6/05
Red Feminista Cubana, Inc. (Cuban Feminist Network)
Special DOS Cuba Funds
To promote women’s rights in Cuba. Red Feminista will establish contacts with women’s movements throughout the world, collect materials, and initiate a series of training programs inside Cuba for independent women activists. Red Feminista will expand its women’s network within Cuba from two to six groups to disseminate information on the strategies and activities of women’s movements in other countries. 6/05
Group for Corporate Social Responsibility in Cuba (GCSRC)
To promote labor rights and defend independent labor unions and workers in Cuba. GCSRC will conduct an international informational campaign about the violation of international labor conventions and promote corporate responsibility in Cuba by documenting the labor rights conditions in Cuba, participating in a public hearing of the Organization of American States Inter-American Commission for Human Rights, and holding a conference, in Spain, with experts, union activists, and investors. Last, GCSRC will continue to provide training and material support to labor activists inside Cuba.
TOTAL: $2.37 million



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