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The ill-fated schemes to upend Castro

In this April 23, 2010 photo, members of the band Los Aldeanos, Aldo Rodriguez, right, and "EL B" perform in concert at the Acapulco Theater in Havana, Cuba. Documents obtained by The Associated Press show that a U.S. agency infiltrated Cuba's hip-hop scene, recruiting unwitting rappers to spark a youth movement against the government. Aldo was a hero in the hip-hop underground for lyrics protesting the Castro government's grip on everyday life in songs like "El Rap Es Guerra," or "Rap Is War," words he tattooed on his forearm. He and his group were unknowingly sucked into a tug-of-war between Havana and Washington. (AP Photo)

The ill-fated schemes to upend Castro

Yahoo NewsAugust 4, 2014

In programs revealed by the AP this year, USAID secretly created a primitive social media program called ZunZuneo, staged a health workshop to recruit activists and infiltrated Cuba's hip-hop community.

Those programs were part of a campaign aimed at undermining the Castro government through the citizenry, rather than directly targeting political leaders. Yet they were still fraught with danger and incompetence. (AP)


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