The Cuban government, in a bold if not brazen move, has reportedly urged the Spanish government to give $155,000 to a program designed to "counter the daily lies'' against Havana in the European media.
The funds would go to Euskadi-Cuba, a Basque nongovernmental organization that acknowledges its Cuba programs are "at the request of Cuban authorities,'' the ABC newspaper in Madrid reported.
ABC's report, which appeared on the newspaper's website on Monday, details the case without any commentary on the Cuban request. It does not identify the sources for the information. The Cuban government has not commented on the report.
"It would be an outrage if the Spanish government provides money for the Cuban propaganda machine,'' said Frank Calzón, head of the Center for a Free Cuba based in suburban Washington.
The ABC report said the Cuban Foreign Ministry, "officially and in writing,'' urged the Spanish Embassy in Havana last month to ask the Spanish Foreign Ministry to fund the program, titled Cubainformación.
The 112,000 euros for the program -- about $155,000 -- would be provided by the Spanish Agency for International Cooperation and Development (AECID), part of the Foreign Ministry.
Euskadi-Cuba's website describes itself as a 21-year-old "association for friendship and political solidarity with Cuba'' and says it offers "unconditional support for the Cuban revolution.'' ...more