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'Cuban Twitter' raises question: Is it OK for U.S. to help Cubans?

The Associated Press' report Thursday that the U.S. Agency for International Development financed the creation of a Twitter-style social network in Cuba to stir unrest raised fundamental foreign-policy questions, The Miami Herald's Juan O. Tamayo writes:

Does the U.S. government have the right to circumvent a dictatorship’s controls on information? And if Washington tries to help foster democracy in a country ruled by a dictator, is it pushing for “regime change?”

Replies predictably ranged from a rotund no to a flat yes, largely reflecting the divisions over U.S. policies on Cuba and the more than half-century of animosity between the two nations.
Among those to weigh in were Miami Cuban-Americans in Congress, who generally said USAID's programs are needed, according to reactions compiled by the AP. Senator Marco Rubio, a Florida Republican, told a Spanish-language reporter in Washington D.C. that the Twitter-like program was "justifiable," as reported by our colleagues at the Buzz.


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