Thursday, December 11, 2014
The U.S. government financed a four-year effort to promote Cuba's rap music scene as part of an effort to promote democracy on the communist-run island, federal officials confirmed on Thursday. "It seemed like a good idea to support civil society," said Matt Herrick, spokesman for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), which financed the secretive program. The four-year program which ended in 2012, was revealed by the Associated Press on Thursday, which described it as a largely unsuccessful, "covert" effort run by U.S. government contractors to undermine Cuba's communist government. Herrick defended the program which he said was legally funded by Congress to promote democracy and human rights in Cuba.