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ZunZuneo: the new sound of US-Cuban discord

Cubans use their cell phones in Havana on May 8, 2008ZunZuneo, a Twitter-style application designed to get Cubans talking among themselves on their cell phones, has become the latest obstacle to improved relations between Washington and Havana. The US Agency for International Development has (USAID) admitted to building the application so that Cubans, who face strict curbs on expression, could “talk freely among themselves.” White House spokesman Jay Carney described the program as a “development assistance” scheme. He bristled at suggestions that USAID was being used to mount a covert operation aimed at inciting political unrest against Cuba’s communist leaders.

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