Vintage American cars rumble along Calle Neptuno early one morning in Havana.
Tuesday, June 25, 2013
Wednesday, June 12, 2013
|U.S. Interests Section, Havana|
Grant applications for the projects - known as funding opportunity DRLA-DRLAQM-13-047 - are due July 15.
The State Department's Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor says prefers applicants who speak fluent Spanish and have prior Cuba experience. It says Americans taking part in the projects should limit their travel to the island whenever possible. The U.S. government began adding such language to requests for proposals after Cuban authorities arrested American development worker Alan Gross in 2009. See below for additional details on the June 11 announcement:
Department of State
Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor Request for Proposals: Democracy and Human Rights in Cuba.
The Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor (DRL) announces a Request for Proposals for projects that promote democracy and human rights in Cuba.
PLEASE NOTE: DRL strongly urges applicants to access www.grantsolutions.gov or www.grants.gov as soon as possible in order to obtain a username and password to submit your application. For more information, please see DRL’s Proposal Submission Instructions (PSI), updated in November 2012, available at http://www.state.gov/j/drl/p/c12302.htm.
REQUESTED PROPOSAL PROGRAM OBJECTIVES
DRL invites organizations to submit proposals targeting the following issues in Cuba:
Independent Journalism (subject to the availability of funding, approximately $1,500,000):
DRL seeks proposals to improve the professional capacity of independent journalists in Cuba as well as their domestic and international exposure. The program should also mitigate the effects of the psychological concerns and security needs of Cuban independent journalists operating in a hostile environment as a result of government oppression. If appropriate and feasible, the project may facilitate external travel by Cubans and/or include a small grants component.
Tuesday, June 11, 2013
|Freedom House youth program|
The State Department's Bureau for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor financed the program. On June 5, the State Department released Freedom House's Jan. 18, 2008, project proposal in response to an October 2011 FOIA request. (See proposal).
The proposal, marked "confidential," said Cuban youth were not politically apathetic, but needed assurances that neither they nor their families would be harmed if they joined the political opposition.
Monday, June 10, 2013
|Screenshots of Cuban daredevil|
Watch him in action in this YouTube video.
Saturday, June 8, 2013
|Screenshots show hunger striker in weakened condition|
"We don't know if he's alive or is dead," dissident leader Jorge Luis Garcia, also known as "Antunez," said on Twitter.
Luis Enrique Santos Caballero started the hunger strike on May 24 after he and his wife, Ramona Maday García Ruiz, were evicted from their home in the town of Placetas in Villa Clara province in central Cuba.
Thursday, June 6, 2013
Wednesday, June 5, 2013
|Havana statue of Antonio Maceo|
Tuesday, June 4, 2013