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Pagos y condiciones de la USAID al proyecto “Cuba On-Line” de Jaime Suchlicki (Eaton: “Mixing academics and activism”)

Submitted by on October 26, 2015 – 12:49 am

Tracey Eaton

(ATM)-Miami is home to many Cuban exiles who are anxious to see a democratic transition in Cuba. Toward that end, Suchliki proposed Cuba On-Line in 1998. USAID gave the project $300,000 on April 29, 1999. According to the project description: The Cuba On-Line proposal will transmit information on democracy, human rights and free market economics directly to the Cuban people, through the international mail system, by fax and by e-mail. Subsequent to approval of the cooperative agreement, Cuba On-Line will submit a detail operational plan which USAID will approve after consultations with the U.S. Department of State. Mailings and other transmissions will be carried out in such a way as to minimize detection and interference by the Cuban government.
Cuba On-line will produce twice-monthly Spanish language newsletter for transmission to the Cuban people. Topics will include the development of democratic institutions, case studies of democratic transitions in Eastern Europe, the relationship between democracy and free market economics, as well as international press coverage of Cuban political institutions and human rights violations. Approximately 96,000 copies of the newsletters will be mailed to Cuban addresses during the period of the cooperative agreement. About 3,960 copies will be sent by fax to Cuban addresses. In addition, approximately 24,000 copies of the newsletters will be furnished to the U.S. Interests Section for its channels of distribution.
Cuba On-Line will also transmit to Cuba approximately 12,000 pamphlets, monographs and other Spanish language materials prepared by third parties. The Recipient will conduct all of its activities in a manner consistent with official U.S. Government policy toward Cuba. (En ATM)