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originally posted by: thesmokingman
I really find the timing of this announcement very odd. Right when tensions between the US and Russia are nearly at a breaking point, and a possible war on the horizon. It seems to me the US has done this so we do not have a repeat of the Cuban missile crisis. The Russians cannot harbor offensive weapons there, like they did in 1962. It appears that we took another one of their areas in this real life game of RISK. At any rate, ANY time you see the US STRENGTHEN a relationship with another country, its like a double edged sword. While it may be a good thing, there has to be an ulterior motive. What are your thoughts ATS? Hey, at least now I dont have to smuggle in my Cuban cigars anymore
originally posted by: Xeven
Obama legacy. that is all.
Young Cuban hip-hop musicians have been sucked into a USAID secret operation aiming at regime change in Havana. Rappers from underground circles were unwittingly supposed to promote anti-government sentiments, but the operation was haplessly executed.
A new AP investigation has exposed a secret program by America’s Agency for International Development (USAID) to infiltrate Cuba’s underground hip-hop scene to form a movement of “socially-conscious youth” opposing the Communist authorities. The operation lasted for over two years, in 2009-2011.
USAID has denied the allegations, claiming “Any assertions that our work is secret or covert are simply false,” in a statement on Wednesday. It stressed that its programs are aimed at strengthening civil society, “often in places where civic engagement is suppressed and where people are harassed, arrested, subjected to physical harm or worse.”
The agency’s principal contractor, Washington-based Creative Associates International, associated with a Serbian team to promote Cuban rappers and get the underground hip-hop subculture to stir political dissent in Cuba.
originally posted by: xuenchen
TPTB knows there's a workforce there.
And, they also want a bigger piece of Castro's big money incomes down there.
I bet they have threatened to overthrow unless they play ball.
Watch for them to get an aligned central bank (B.I.S.)