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April 16, 2014 |

SARAH STEPHENS: USAID’s Twitter Trojan Horse

More than a week after the story broke, why are we still talking about USAID and the Cuban Twitter scandal? Why has it struck such a chord? Think about the Elián González saga from fifteen years ago. He was the six year old boy plucked from the ocean after the… read more »

Cuba

April 11, 2014 |

CUBA CENTRAL News Blast: ZunZuneo – Is it Obama’s Elián moment?

We return to the Cuban Twitter story and begin with one remarkable, but obvious fact.  More than a week after the story broke people are still talking about it.  The obvious question: is why has it struck a chord? It reminds us of the Elián González matter, over a decade… read more »

Cuba

April 11, 2014 |

Alan Gross Suspends Hunger Strike at his Mother’s Urging, Announces There Will Be Further Protests to Come

  For Immediate Release April 11, 2014 Alan Gross Suspends Hunger Strike at his Mother’s Urging, Announces There Will Be Further Protests to Come   From prison in Havana, Alan Gross spoke to his attorney, Scott Gilbert, and declared that he is suspending his fast as of today. He dictated… read more »

Cuba

April 8, 2014 |

President Obama: Answer Alan Gross’s Hunger Strike with Real Negotiations and by Ending Regime Change Programs

Alan Gross, imprisoned in Cuba since 2009, has gone on a hunger strike to protest inaction by the U.S. and Cuban governments in resolving his case.  His hunger for freedom is now more than symbolic, but given substance by his refusal to eat. We call on President Obama to end… read more »

Cuba

April 4, 2014 |

CUBA CENTRAL Newsblast: Snapchat, ZunZuneo, and Cuba as an Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Living as we do in the “Snapchat” – or even ZunZuneo - era, where the present can disappear or be buried by new material in 1-10 seconds, history may not stand a chance.  This is not a new phenomenon.  In 1999, the American Council of Trustees and Alumni did a survey which revealed that seniors at… read more »

Cuba

April 4, 2014 |

Dr. Louis A. Pérez Jr. – “Cuba as an Obsessive Compulsive Disorder”

Living as we do in the “Snapchat” era, where the present can disappear in 1-10 seconds, history may not stand a chance. This is not a new phenomenon. In 1999, the American Council of Trustees and Alumni did a survey which revealed that seniors at 55 leading colleges and universities were more familiar with Snoop Dogg (98%) than with James Madison’s role in writing the U.S. Constitution (23%). Even if Snoop’s numbers have drooped in the intervening fifteen years, it’s hard to imagine that Madison’s have seen much of a revival. If the present disappears in an instant, history may not stand a chance.

Cuba

April 4, 2014 |

Sign the Petition! New revelation on USAID democracy promotion in Cuba shows efforts are dangerous, wasteful, and lack transparency

The Associated Press broke news yesterday that the U.S. Agency for International Development created a Twitter-like text messaging service in order to collect the phone numbers of Cuban citizens, without informing them of the intent of the service, and then send out messages meant to undermine Cuba’s government and stir unrest on the island.

Cuba

April 3, 2014 |

PRESS RELEASE: The Center for Democracy in the Americas: New revelation on USAID democracy promotion in Cuba shows efforts are dangerous, wasteful, and lack transparency

WASHINGTON, April 3, 2014 — USAID’s version of Twitter – designed to incite protests in Cuba – had very real and counterproductive consequences. Without telling the Cubans who used and shared it, this effort put Cubans at risk; it gave tens of thousands of dollars in text fees to the Cuban government it was trying to undermine; and because it was concealed from the Congress and the US public, information about the waste and deceit was secret until the program failed and disappeared.

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