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US tried to undermine Cuba by infiltrating its underground hip-hop scene

A US government agency spent more than two years trying to fuel political change in Cuba by covertly manipulating the country’s underground hip-hop scene, according to an investigative report from the Associated Press. Documents obtained by the AP show that contractors hired by the US Agency for International Development (USAID) tried to promote certain Cuban hip-hop artists within the country in the hopes of bolstering a youth movement against the communist government of Raúl Castro. But the program backfired, putting targets at greater risk, forcing some musicians to flee the country, and threatening Cuba’s thriving underground rap community.

At the center of the program is a Washington, DC-based company called Creative Associates…

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How heavy metal is infiltrating higher education

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Heavy metal has long been relegated to the fringes, transgressing norms through guttural screams and chaotic walls of sound. But as the Wall Street Journal reports, the genre has recently spawned its own branch of academic study at Bowling Green State University in Ohio, where scholars, musicologists, and so-called “metallectuals” regularly convene to discuss the finer points of Black Sabbath and the anthropology of face paint. The rise of heavy metal studies hasn’t come without controversy, but its proponents wouldn’t have it any other way. “This is a great day for metal studies, and maybe even for metal,” Jeremy Wallach, an associate professor at BGSU, told the Journal. “To be a metal-head in 2013 is to be part of a global community.”

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