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USAID Program In Cuba Could Undermine Agency’s Global Health Efforts, News Outlets Say

Associated Press: U.S. sent Latin youth undercover in anti-Cuba ploy
“… Over at least two years, the U.S. Agency for International Development — best known for overseeing billions of dollars in U.S. humanitarian aid — sent nearly a dozen neophytes from Venezuela, Costa Rica and Peru to gin up opposition in Cuba. … According to internal documents obtained by the AP and interviews in six countries, USAID’s young operatives posed as tourists, visited college campuses and used a ruse that could undermine USAID’s credibility in critical health work around the world…” (Butler/Gillum/Arce/Rodriguez, 8/4).

International Business Times: How USAID Cuba Revelations May Threaten Global Health Programs
“… The Associated Press revealed this week a U.S. International Development Agency-funded operation to spur antigovernment activism among Cubans, this time through an HIV-prevention program. U.S. lawmakers and health advocates are lambasting USAID’s use of a health program for political ends, saying it puts the U.S.’s other global health and development programs at risk…” (Lee, 8/5).

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