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04/18/2014

CUBA CENTRAL Newsblast: From the Bay of Pigs to the Bay of Tweets

Yesterday, The John F. Kennedy Library posted a “JFK in History” piece to mark the 53rd anniversary of what it called “a botched invasion at the Bay of Pigs on the south coast of Cuba.” The invasion was a CIA covert operation with the goal of overthrowing the Castro government.  Kennedy… read more »

04/16/2014

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 »

04/11/2014

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 »

04/11/2014

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 »

04/08/2014

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 »

04/04/2014

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 »

04/04/2014

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.

04/04/2014

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.

04/03/2014

Associated Press: US secretly created ‘Cuban Twitter’ to stir unrest

Associated Press – In July 2010, Joe McSpedon, a U.S. government official, flew to Barcelona to put the final touches on a secret plan to build a social media project aimed at undermining Cuba’s communist government. McSpedon and his team of high-tech contractors had come in from Costa Rica and Nicaragua,… read more »

04/02/2014

Rubén Zamora: Making the transition from guerrilla to president

Rubén Zamora, Miami Herald - On March 9, the Salvadoran people elected Salvador Sánchez Cerén as president of El Salvador in an election that reflected the maturity of our democracy and the progress of our society since the end of the civil war in 1992. The election was free, transparent and… read more »