USAID http://wlrn.org en Was "Cuban Twitter" Dumb Or Defensible? Or Both? http://wlrn.org/post/was-cuban-twitter-dumb-or-defensible-or-both <p>Confession: When <strong><a href="http://wlrn.org/post/cuba-clueless-covert-twitter-scheme-tweets-us-policy-failure">I criticized ZunZuneo</a> </strong>as the story emerged earlier this month, I left something important unsaid.</p><p>I support its basic intent. That is, the effort to help Cubans or anyone else access news, information and opinions that authoritarian governments around the world try to block.</p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 02:56:43 +0000 Tim Padgett 30729 at http://wlrn.org Was "Cuban Twitter" Dumb Or Defensible? Or Both? Cuba Clueless: Covert Twitter Scheme Tweets U.S. Policy Failure http://wlrn.org/post/cuba-clueless-covert-twitter-scheme-tweets-us-policy-failure <p></p><p>If you needed any reminding of how archaic and clueless U.S. policy on Cuba can be – and the extent to which it so often actually aids an oppressive communist dictatorship – look no further than Thursday’s excellent <strong><a href="http://www.miamiherald.com/2014/04/03/4036402/us-secretly-created-cuban-twitter.html">Associated Press article</a></strong> about the “Cuban Twitter” fiasco.</p> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 15:50:29 +0000 Tim Padgett 30290 at http://wlrn.org Cuba Clueless: Covert Twitter Scheme Tweets U.S. Policy Failure U.S. Aid Official: 'We Have To Change The Way We Do Business In Haiti' http://wlrn.org/post/us-aid-official-we-have-change-way-we-do-business-haiti <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Right after Haiti’s catastrophic 2010 earthquake, which killed more than 200,000 people, I rode in a U.S. Army </span>helicopter<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> ferrying food and medical supplies into demolished Port-au-Prince neighborhoods.</span></p><p>As we descended near the suburb of Pétionville, and as&nbsp;corpses became visible amid the ruins and campfire smoke billowed up in our faces, the pilot said he couldn’t put us down. Too many people were running to the landing spot, and they risked being killed by the chopper rotors.</p> Wed, 15 Jan 2014 00:22:24 +0000 Tim Padgett 26478 at http://wlrn.org U.S. Aid Official: 'We Have To Change The Way We Do Business In Haiti'