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USAID refutes claims about allegedly subversive Cuban Twitter clone

USAID has denied Associated Press allegations that it created a Cuban alternative to Twitter in order to foment political unrest. Last week, the AP wrote that the foreign aid agency had secretly created a microblogging service called ZunZuneo, intending to recruit users with innocuous topics and then nudge them towards dissent. But USAID has disputed several of the AP’s claims, saying that the program was neither covert nor intended as anything but a platform for free speech. “The article contained significant inaccuracies and false conclusions about ZunZuneo,” writes spokesperson Matt Herrick, calling it “part of a broader effort that began in 2009 to facilitate ‘Twitter-like’ communication among Cubans so they could connect with each…

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US created ‘Cuban Twitter’ to fuel anti-Castro dissidence: AP

The US government covertly created a Twitter-like text messaging service aimed at fueling political unrest in Cuba and evading the communist nation’s strict internet filters, according to an investigative report published today by the Associated Press. The ZunZuneo program — named after the slang term for the song of a Cuban hummingbird — was financed and operated by the US Agency for International Development (USAID), which is charged with delivering humanitarian aid money to poor nations.

The idea was to build up a large social network through targeted text message blasts, allowing Cubans to communicate with one another free of charge and beyond the reach of the country’s tightly regulated internet, while enabling US officials to…

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Viva la revolution! 10 stunning Cuban posters

Whatever your views on Cuban history, you’ll love this cool collection of vintage posters from the Caribbean nation.


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