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U.S. tried (and failed) to use hip-hop to create youth movement in Cuba

New reporting by the Associated Press shows the U.S. was secretly infiltrating Cuba’s hip-hop scene to spark a youth movement against Castro’s government.

Why hip hop?

“I think it’s one of the rare spaces in Cuba that is a natural, civic, cultural movement,” Laura Wides-Muñoz, one of the reporters who broke the story, told Fusion’s Mariana Atencio. “Spoken word and music has always been huge in Cuba and in Latin America. So this is a natural, organic space for people to express themselves.”

This is the third of these kinds of failed programs that we’ve learned about over the past year. There was Cuban Twitter, which used the social media platform to send subversive tweets. Another initiative sent young Latin American youth to recruit activists.

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