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December 12, 2014

USAID’s Hip Hop Hiccup and the “Smart Power Prom”

A new USAID scandal was exposed yesterday by the exceptional investigative team at the Associated Press. USAID, acting through its notorious contracting partner, Creative Associates International, tried to infiltrate Cuba’s hip-hop community to intensify the political messaging of its artists and use their fans to foment a rapper’s revolution. The… read more »

December 11, 2014

USAID op undermines Cuba’s hip-hop protest scene

Desmond Butler, Michael Weissenstein, Laura Wides-Munoz, and Andrea Rodriguez, Associated Press — In early 2009, a U.S. government contractor sent a Serbian music promoter to Cuba with these covert marching orders: Recruit one of Havana’s most notorious rappers to spark a youth movement against the government. In communist Cuba, it… read more »

October 10, 2014

CUBA CENTRAL Newsblast: Miami’s Democratic Opening

Not long ago – in places like Miami – it was dangerous to express views that deviated from the strict hardline that supported the U.S. embargo against Cuba. Human Rights Watch reported in 1994 that Miami-based participants in “The Nation and Emigration” conference in Havana returned home to find themselves… read more »

August 29, 2014

CUBA CENTRAL Newsblast: Labor Day Weekend “No Apologies” Edition

Thank you for welcoming us back. While we were on holiday last week, the Associated Press reported, “The U.S. Treasury Department’s inspector general has determined Jay-Z and Beyonce’s fifth-anniversary trip to Cuba last year was legal under rules allowing educational travel to the island.” Did the AP get this story… read more »

August 12, 2014

Sandra Abd’Allah-Alvarez Ramírez entrevista a Sarah Stephens: Cuando Washington “sujeta la pluma”

Sarah Stephens, la directora ejecutiva del CDA, fue entrevistada por Sandra Abd’Allah-Alvarez Ramírez del blog Negra Cubana Tenía Que Ser. La versión en español, publicada originalmente en Progreso Semanal, se puede leer abajo: Conocí a Sarah Stephens a raíz de la publicación de En primera persona, libro que presenta entrevistas realizadas a 49… read more »

August 8, 2014

CUBA CENTRAL Newsblast: Nixon Resigned, but “Dirty Tricks” in Cuba Live On

Today, August 8th, marks the fortieth anniversary of Richard Nixon’s decision to resign the presidency. History has been unkind to the 37th President of the U.S., and rightly so.  In one account of his resignation, Nixon is described as “paranoid, vicious, racist, sexist, anti-Semitic, with a casual disregard for anything besides his own… read more »

August 5, 2014

Health Groups Decry U.S. Political Efforts in Cuba

Associated Press- Public health advocates and U.S. lawmakers are highly critical of the Obama administration’s use of an HIV-prevention workshop in Cuba for political purposes, saying such clandestine efforts put health programs at risk around the world. The program, funded and overseen by the U.S. Agency for International Development, deployed… read more »

August 5, 2014

Associated Press: Health Groups Decry U.S. Political Efforts in Cuba

Public health advocates and U.S. lawmakers are highly critical of the Obama administration’s use of an HIV-prevention workshop in Cuba for political purposes, saying such clandestine efforts put health programs at risk around the world. The program, funded and overseen by the U.S. Agency for International Development, deployed nearly a… read more »

August 4, 2014

Rep. Barbara Lee: Congresswoman Lee Denounces Alleged USAID Undercover Democracy Promotion Operation in Cuba

Washington, DC – Congresswoman Lee, a member of the Appropriations Committee’s subcommittee on State and Foreign Operations, released the following statement in response to reports that the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) engaged in undercover operations to encourage political change in Cuba: “I am appalled by recent reports that… read more »

August 4, 2014

Associated Press: US Sent Latin Youth Undercover in Anti-Cuba Ploy

Fernando Murillo was typical of the young Latin Americans deployed to Cuba by a U.S. agency to work undercover. He had little training in the dangers of clandestine operations — or how to evade one of the world’s most sophisticated counter-intelligence services. Their assignment was to recruit young Cubans to… read more »