Groups: US political effort in Cuba hurts aid work

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In this July 11, 2014, photo, Cuban students exit Marta Abreu Central University in Santa Clara, Cuba. Beginning as early as October 2009, a project overseen by the U.S. Agency for International Development sent Venezuelan, Costa Rican and Peruvian nationals to Cuba to cultivate a new generation of political activists. Often posing as tourists, the young travelers befriended Cuban students. Fernando Murillo, contracted to turn politically apathetic young Cubans into “change agents,” headed to Santa Clara and connected with a cultural group that called itself “Revolution,” a modest outfit of street artists devoted to electronic music and video. (AP Photo/Franklin Reyes)WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S. program in Cuba that secretly used an HIV-prevention workshop for political activism was assailed Monday by international public health officials and members of Congress who declared that such clandestine efforts put health programs at risk around the world.