Cuba Allows Its Boxers to Fight Professionally

A move to allow boxers to fight professionally is a big shift for Cuba’s communist government.

#boxing, #cuba, #defectors-political, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #olympic-games-2020, #wages-and-salaries

Biden Administration Lifting Some Trump-Era Restrictions on Cuba

The changes include an expansion of flights to the country and the restarting of a family reunification program.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #cuba, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #menendez-robert, #obama-barack, #remittances, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

Formula 1 Roars Into Miami, Where Cars Are Already King

A culture of souped-up cars, luxury cars and collector cars has flourished in Miami for decades. This weekend it will all be on display.

#alfa-romeo-automobiles, #antique-and-classic-cars, #automobile-racing, #automobiles, #automobili-lamborghini-spa, #biscayne-bay-fla, #collectors-and-collections, #cuba, #ferrari-spa, #florida, #formula-one, #fort-lauderdale-fla, #havana-cuba, #luxury-goods-and-services, #maserati-spa, #miami-fla, #miami-gardens-fla, #miami-vice-tv-program, #national-assn-of-stock-car-auto-racing, #pitbull-rapper, #pompano-beach-fla, #porsche-ag, #restoration-and-renovation, #willis-dontrelle, #wynwood-miami-fla

Hotel Saratoga Explosion Updates: Multiple Dead in Apparent Gas Leak

An explosion caused by an apparent gas leak left dozens injured and destroyed parts of a luxury hotel. Other people were possibly trapped inside the rubble.

#accidents-and-safety, #cuba, #explosions-accidental, #havana-cuba

Cuban Migrants Arrive to U.S. in Record Numbers, on Foot, Not by Boat

Political repression and escalating economic difficulties on the island, along with a new visa-free travel policy in Nicaragua, are some of the factors driving the change.

#cuba, #illegal-immigration, #immigration-and-emigration, #ortega-daniel, #politics-and-government, #united-states-international-relations

A Florida Immigration Fight Divides Cubans Who Arrived as Children

A rare public rift engulfed the beneficiaries of Operation Pedro Pan after the Miami archbishop compared them to today’s unaccompanied minors.

#catholic-charities, #children-and-childhood, #cuba, #cuban-americans, #desantis-ron, #florida, #illegal-immigration, #immigration-and-emigration, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #roman-catholic-church, #wenski-thomas-g

Will It Croqueta? Miami Pushes the Limits of a Favorite Snack.

These creamy finger foods have come in flavors like ham, chicken or fish. But a new generation of chefs is experimenting.

#bakeries-and-baked-products, #breadman-miami-miami-fla-restaurant, #chefs, #cooking-and-cookbooks, #croqueta, #croquette, #cuba, #dos-croquetas-miami-fla-restaurant, #immigration-and-emigration, #islas-canarias-miami-fla-restaurant, #miami-dade-county-fla, #restaurants, #spain, #vegan-cuban-cuisine-miami-fla-restaurant

A World Away From Ukraine, Russia Is Courting Latin America

The Ukraine crisis has revived a struggle over Latin America between the U.S. and Russia, as Vladimir V. Putin seeks greater influence in the region.

#argentina, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #bolsonaro-jair-1955, #brazil, #china, #colombia, #cuba, #defense-and-military-forces, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #fernandez-alberto-1959, #latin-america, #nicaragua, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #ortega-daniel, #politics-and-government, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #ukraine, #united-states-international-relations, #venezuela, #war-and-armed-conflicts

Carmen Herrera, Cuban-Born Artist Who Won Fame at 89, Dies at 106

She painted in obscurity for decades, living on the earnings of her husband, an English teacher. Everything changed with a gallery show in 2004.

#art, #art-students-league, #cuba, #deaths-obituaries, #herrera-carmen, #manhattan-nyc, #paris-france

Pulsed electromagnetic energy, ultrasound “plausibly” explain Havana syndrome

1950s cars driving past a Brutalist, multistory concrete building is peak Cuba.

Enlarge / Picture of the US embassy in Havana, taken on September 29, 2017, after the United States announced it was withdrawing more than half its personnel in response to mysterious “health attacks” targeting its diplomatic staff. (credit: Getty | AFP)

A device delivering pulsed electromagnetic energy or ultrasound “plausibly explains” the enigmatic health incidents that have caused debilitating and long-term neurological effects in some US diplomats and intelligence agents. That’s according to a report by a panel of intelligence community analysts and outside experts in the fields of science, medicine, and engineering. An executive summary of the report was declassified and released Wednesday.

The new report is the latest effort to unravel a medical mystery that began in 2016 when US and Canadian diplomats stationed in Havana, Cuba, reported bizarre, unexplained episodes. The diplomats described piercing, directional sounds and vibrations that left them with a constellation of neurological symptoms, sometimes referred to as “Havana Syndrome.” Since then, reports of hundreds of additional possible cases among US intelligence agents stationed all over the world have poured in, fueling wide speculation, skepticism, and political controversy.

The new report bolsters a leading but contentious hypothesis: that the incidents are attacks by a foreign adversary—mostly suspected to be Russia—using a covert weapon, possibly one that delivers pulsed radiofrequency energy. While some analysts and experts have openly dismissed the idea, the panel concludes that pulsed electromagnetic energy or ultrasound are plausible causes. However, the panel did not examine who might be responsible.

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#cia, #cuba, #havana, #microwave, #radiofrequency, #science, #ultrasound, #us-intelligence

Mass Trials in Cuba Deepen Its Harshest Crackdown in Decades

Following nationwide demonstrations last year, more than 60 people were put on trial this week, some facing up to 30 years behind bars.

#caribbean-area, #cuba, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #diaz-canel-bermudez-miguel, #havana-cuba, #prisons-and-prisoners

Buñuelos: A Christmastime Treat and Common Street Food

The sweet, fried dough is a common street food year-round, but the dessert is especially popular during the Christmas season.

#anise, #bunuelos, #cinnamon-spice, #cooking-and-cookbooks, #cuba, #hispanic-americans, #martinez-mely, #mexico, #pelaez-ana-sofia, #presilla-maricel-e, #yuca-vegetable

Playwright Is in Exile as Cuba Uses an Old Playbook to Quash Dissent

Yunior García, a rising star of the Cuban protest movement, fled to Spain. He is one of a young generation of artists who say they have chosen exile over imprisonment.

#cuba, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #garcia-yunior, #politics-and-government, #spain, #united-states-international-relations

The History Behind the Elena Ruz, the Quintessential Cuban Sandwich

The sandwich, named after Elena Ruz, melds sweet and savory, using soft medianoche bread, white turkey meat, softened cream cheese and strawberry preserves.

#cuba, #cuban-americans, #florida, #recipes, #restaurants, #sandwiches, #valdes-fauli-elena-ruz

Raúl Rivero, Disenchanted Poet of the Cuban Revolution, Dies at 75

A leading journalistic voice who broke with the Castro regime, he gained wide recognition for his protests, was jailed as a dissident and went into exile.

#censorship, #cuba, #deaths-obituaries, #freedom-of-the-press, #news-and-news-media, #poetry-and-poets, #political-prisoners, #rivero-raul, #writing-and-writers

Cuba Crushes Dissent Ahead of Protest

The homes of government critics were surrounded by uniformed police, state security agents or pro-government supporters holding picket signs, human rights activists said.

#cuba, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots

The U.S. Needs a Hemispheric Migration Strategy

The U.S. should move from a border policy approach to a truly regional and collaborative plan of action.

#brazil, #central-america, #chile, #colombia, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #costa-rica, #cuba, #darien-gap, #haiti, #immigration-and-emigration

Why Electric Cars Could Make American Roads Resemble Cuba

As the nation shifts to electric vehicles, picture well-kept but long discontinued gas-powered pickups, especially in areas where charging stations may be sparse.

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CIA director “fuming” after Havana syndrome strikes team member in India

William Burns, director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), arrives for a closed hearing at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, on Wednesday, May 26, 2021.

Enlarge / William Burns, director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), arrives for a closed hearing at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, on Wednesday, May 26, 2021.

A US intelligence officer traveling in India earlier this month with CIA director William Burns reported experiencing a mysterious health incident and symptoms consistent with so-called Havana syndrome, according to a report by CNN. The officer received immediate medical care upon returning to the US.

The case raises fears that such incidents are not only increasing, but potentially escalating, unnamed officials told CNN and The New York Times. The new incident within Burns’ own team reportedly left the CIA chief “fuming” with anger.

The director’s schedule is tightly guarded, and officials do not know if the affected intelligence officer was targeted because the officer was traveling with the director. If the health incident was an attack carried out by an adversarial intelligence agency—as feared—it’s unclear how the adversarial agency learned of the trip and was able to prepare an attack. It’s also possible, however, that the officer was targeted for other reasons and without knowledge that the officer was traveling with the director.

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#brain-injuries, #china, #cia, #cuba, #havana-syndrome, #health-attacks, #health-incidents, #kamala-harris, #microwave-radiation, #russia, #science, #vice-president-kamala-harris, #william-burns

Despite Censorship and Poor Internet, Cuban Podcasts Are Booming

New audio shows made in Cuba are finding a rapt audience and upending the island’s hyperpartisan media landscape.

#censorship, #cuba, #empresa-de-telecomunicaciones-de-cuba-sa-etecsa, #podcasts, #politics-and-government

‘Buena Vista Social Club’ at 25: Memories of Memories

A group of older Cuban musicians recorded some of their favorite songs in 1996, and the album became an unlikely blockbuster. How do we hear it a quarter-century later?

#buena-vista-social-club, #buena-vista-social-club-album, #cooder-ry, #cuba, #documentary-films-and-programs, #ferrer-ibrahim, #havana-cuba, #jazz, #music, #nineteen-hundred-fifties, #nineteen-hundred-sixties

Pentagon Asks Personnel to Report Any Symptoms of Mysterious Ailments

The episodes, known as Havana syndrome, have left spies, diplomats, soldiers and others with brain injuries.

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How Will the Taliban Govern? A History of Rebel Rule Offers Clues.

Insurgents who seize power tend to be authoritarian but pragmatic, desperate for legitimacy and ruthless toward classes they see as hostile.

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Overwhelmed by Coronavirus, Cuba’s Vaunted Health System Is Reeling

“The funeral homes can’t cope, the hospitals can’t cope, the clinics can’t cope,” said a Cuban doctor who was fired for publicly lamenting the distressed state of medical care.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #cuba, #diaz-canel-bermudez-miguel, #disease-rates, #havana-cuba, #medicine-and-health, #oxygen, #pan-american-health-organization, #shortages, #vaccination-and-immunization

CIA officer from bin Laden hunt to lead Havana Syndrome probe as cases rise

A beautifully maintained car from the '50s drives past a Brutalist skyscraper.

Enlarge / Picture of the US embassy in Havana, taken on October 3, 2017. (credit: Getty | YAMIL LAGE)

An undercover Central Intelligence Agency officer who helped hunt down Osama bin Laden will now lead the agency task force charged with investigating the mysterious health incidents that continue to plague US personnel, according to a report Wednesday from The Wall Street Journal.

The incidents, first reported in 2016 among US diplomats stationed in Havana, Cuba, tend to involve bizarre episodes of sonic and sensory experiences that are often described as directional. Afflicted diplomats develop symptoms including headaches, ringing in the ears (tinnitus), nosebleeds, difficulty concentrating and recalling words, permanent hearing loss, and speech problems. Medical experts examining some of the cases have found evidence of “injury to widespread brain networks without an associated history of head trauma.” That is, sufferers appear to a have a concussion without a blow to the head.

Despite years of alarming reports and investigations into the cases, the cause of the incidents and who may be behind them remain a mystery—and cases continue to mount. News of the new task-force chief comes on the heels of a report from NBC News that the latest case count may be as high as 200. And though the incidents tend to be linked to Cuba—the condition is often referred to as “Havana Syndrome”—they have now been reported from every continent except Antarctica.

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#cia, #concussions, #cuba, #espionage, #havana-syndrome, #health-attacks, #microwaves, #russia, #science, #traumatic-brain-injury

The New Generation of Cubans Who Won’t Be Silenced

Many in the island had come to believe that the dictatorship would be eternal, that our only options were to flee or to remain silent. But the silence has been broken.

#cuba, #diaz-canel-bermudez-miguel, #social-media, #united-nations

Cubans Denounce ‘Misery’ in Biggest Protests in Decades

The rallies, widely viewed as astonishing for a country that limits dissent, were set off by economic crises worsened by the pandemic.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #cuba, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #food-insecurity, #shortages

The Sunday Read: ‘Finding My Father’

A father’s mysterious disappearance fuels one writer’s quest for identity.

#audio-neutral-immersive, #audio-positive-nostalgic, #cuba, #madrid-spain, #parenting, #south-america, #travel-and-vacations

Iran’s System Keeps Its Grip, Despite the Chaos (or Because of It)

Governments rooted in revolution like Tehran’s have proved to be among the world’s most stable, even drawing strength from crises.

#cuba, #iran, #politics-and-government

U.S. to Ban Dogs From Over 100 Countries Amid Concern Over Spread of Rabies

The countries targeted by the ban, which will take effect on July 14, include the Dominican Republic, Colombia, Cuba, China, Russia and Ukraine.

#centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #china, #colombia, #cuba, #dogs, #dominican-republic, #india, #philippines, #rabies, #russia, #ukraine, #united-states, #vaccination-and-immunization

Free Luis Manuel Otero Alcántara

Today words, ideas and a commitment to peaceful protest are no less powerful threats to the Cuban state.

#cuba, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #hunger-strikes, #politics-and-government

Cases of mysterious health “attacks” rise to 130, US officials confirm

1950s cars driving past a Brutalist, multistory concrete building is peak Cuba.

Enlarge / Picture of the US embassy in Havana, taken on September 29, 2017, after the United States announced it was withdrawing more than half its personnel in response to mysterious “health attacks” targeting its diplomatic staff. (credit: Getty | AFP)

Reports of mysterious health incidents that have led to brain injuries and caused a range of symptoms among government personnel continue to stream in. One of the latest cases occurred just within the last few weeks, and the total number of US personnel affected is now over 130, according to reports.

The New York Times reported earlier this week that at least three CIA officers have suffered serious health effects from enigmatic episodes that occurred overseas since last December, one of them within the last few weeks. All three of the CIA officers required outpatient treatment at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center or other medical facilities, the Times noted.

Officials told the Times that the number of cases is now topping 130, up from the previously reported 60 cases, which were mainly among diplomats and their families stationed in Cuba and Guangzhou, China.

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#brain-injuries, #china, #cia, #cuba, #frey-effect, #havana-syndrome, #health-attacks, #microwave, #pentagon, #science

How to Roller-Skate Backward

Once you can confidently go forward, it’s time to learn how to skate in reverse.

#content-type-service, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #cuba, #lopez-jennifer, #tiktok-bytedance

Mysterious health attacks like those seen in Cuba have come to DC

The White House, the South Lawn, and part of the Ellipse are seen from the observation deck of the Washington Monument on October 1, 2014, in Washington, DC.

Enlarge / The White House, the South Lawn, and part of the Ellipse are seen from the observation deck of the Washington Monument on October 1, 2014, in Washington, DC. (credit: Getty | Chip Somodevilla )

At least two US government officials in the Washington, DC, area have experienced mysterious health incidents that are strikingly similar to the brain-damaging “health attacks” that plagued US diplomats in Cuba beginning in 2016.

Last November, a National Security Council official reported being sickened while near the Ellipse, the White House’s large, oval-shaped southern lawn, according to a report by CNN. In a separate 2019 incident, a White House staff member said she also experienced something akin to a health attack while walking her dog in Arlington, Virginia, a suburb of Washington, DC. The 2019 incident, which occurred just after Thanksgiving, was first reported by GQ last year. The magazine wrote at the time:

According to a government source familiar with the incident, the staffer passed a parked van. A man got out and walked past her. Her dog started seizing up. Then she felt it too: a high-pitched ringing in her ears, an intense headache, and a tingling on the side of her face.

The staffer also said she had experienced a similar incident just a few months earlier, in August of 2019, while she was traveling in London with then-National Security Adviser John Bolton. According to GQ, the staffer reported again feeling a tingling in the side of her head, which was facing the window of her hotel room, as well as intense pressure and ringing in her ears. All of those symptoms stopped when she left the room.

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#cuba, #diplomates, #havana-syndrome, #health-attack, #microwave, #russia, #science

A Cuba Without a Castro? A Country Steps Into the Unknown.

Raúl Castro is preparing to step down as head of Cuba’s Communist Party, leaving Cubans without a Castro to lead them for the first time in over 60 years.

#castro-fidel, #castro-raul, #communist-party-of-cuba, #cuba, #diaz-canel-bermudez-miguel

Raúl Castro to Step Down as Head of Cuba’s Communist Party

Mr. Castro announced that he will step down and pass on control of the party to Cuba’s younger generation. His departure will leave Cuba without a Castro at its helm for the first time in 60 years.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #castro-raul, #cuba, #diaz-canel-bermudez-miguel

US cuts trade ties to Myanmar, risking internet outages

The U.S. government has cut trade ties to Myanmar, two months after the country’s military staged a coup overthrowing the country’s president and also its de-facto leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, and killed at least 200 protesters resulting from its offensive.

In a statement, U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai said the trade suspension would be “effective immediately” and will remain in place “until the return of a democratically elected government.”

“The United States supports the people of Burma in their efforts to restore a democratically elected government, which has been the foundation of Burma’s economic growth and reform,” said Tai. “The United States strongly condemns the Burmese security forces’ brutal violence against civilians. The killing of peaceful protestors, students, workers, labor leaders, medics, and children has shocked the conscience of the international community. These actions are a direct assault on the country’s transition to democracy and the efforts of the Burmese people to achieve a peaceful and prosperous future,” the statement read.

Myanmar (also known as Burma) and the U.S. began trading in 2013 following the easing of U.S. sanctions a year earlier after elections saw Suu Kyi’s party win by a landslide.

The trade suspension is designed to target the ruling military junta, but leaves millions of internet users across Myanmar in uncertainty as U.S. cloud and internet companies wrangle with the U.S. government order, at a time where protesters are struggling to stay online amid government-ordered internet shutdowns across the country.

Myanmar already blocked Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram “until further notice.”

Sanctions are designed to prevent the shipping of goods, money and certain services to other countries. Companies operating in the U.S. have to follow U.S. sanctions or face heavy financial penalties. ZTE pleaded guilty in 2017 to violating U.S. sanctions against Iran by knowingly shipping products to the country, and agreed to pay a near-$1 billion fine.

But cloud companies fall into a gray area and have different interpretations of the rules. Quartz reported in 2016 that internet users across Syria, Cuba, and Iran — all subject to U.S. trade sanctions — couldn’t access sites hosted by IBM, because the U.S. cloud host blocked visitors from those countries from accessing its services. Rackspace and Linode, two other large cloud providers, do not block internet traffic to users in embargoed countries but instead prevented users from those countries from signing up for their service.

Myamnar has about 17 million internet users, some 30% of the wider population. A spokesperson for the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative did not immediately return a request for comment.

#asia, #countries, #cuba, #government, #ibm, #internet, #internet-traffic, #iran, #linode, #myanmar, #president, #rackspace, #security, #spokesperson, #syria, #u-s-government, #united-states

Cuban Soccer Is Stocking Up on Overseas Players. Why?

Cuba’s soccer team has called up a handful of players who developed outside the country’s sports system for its World Cup qualifying matches, a subtle but potentially significant shift in policy.

#cuba, #defectors-political, #international-federation-of-association-football-fifa, #soccer, #united-states-mens-national-soccer-team, #world-cup-2022-soccer

Coronavirus Vaccine Nears Final Tests in Cuba. Tourists May Be Inoculated.

Amid bread shortages, Cuba gets one step closer to a scientific milestone: the mass production of a coronavirus vaccine invented on the island.

#clinical-trials, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #cuba, #medicine-and-health, #united-states-international-relations, #vaccination-and-immunization

An Inside Look at Cuba’s Constant Struggle for Clean Water

Across the country, battling water scarcity requires a vast array of workers, from inspectors and fumigators to truck drivers and pipe layers.

#cuba, #mosquitoes, #water

Albor Ruiz, a Journalistic Voice for Latinos, Is Dead at 80

As a columnist for The Daily News, he wrote passionately about the issues facing immigrants and lobbied for the U.S. to lift its trade embargo of his native Cuba.

#cuba, #deaths-obituaries, #el-diario, #hispanic-americans, #immigration-and-emigration, #new-york-daily-news, #news-and-news-media, #newspapers, #queens-nyc, #ruiz-albor-1940-2021, #writing-and-writers

3 People Stranded on Uninhabited Island Are Rescued After 33 Days

During a routine flyover, a surveillance crew spotted the people waving a makeshift flag on an island in the Bahamas. They had survived on conchs and rats, the Coast Guard said.

#anguilla, #cuba, #key-west-fla, #rescues, #united-states-coast-guard, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces

How Cubans make island Internet work for them

Jaime Santos-Menéndez, a Havana-based documentary filmmaker, has a much different workflow than creatives in the United States.

Enlarge / Jaime Santos-Menéndez, a Havana-based documentary filmmaker, has a much different workflow than creatives in the United States. (credit: Cassandra Brooklyn)

As countless Cubans have proudly told me over the years, “Cubans invent.” They use creative workarounds to get by in an environment with limited access to outside resources. Glass beer bottles are sawed off to become drinking glasses; helmets transform into flowerpots; shoestrings and bottle caps are affixed to doors as makeshift locks.

And with a growing need for online access to function in the modern world, Cubans have been inventing new ways to connect to the Internet, too.

Jaime Santos-Menéndez, a Havana-based documentary filmmaker, has often lacked the money to pay for Wi-Fi cards, and so, like most Cubans, he came up with a workaround. For years, Santos-Menéndez relied on his mother, a state-employed biochemist, to receive messages for him at her office via her government email account. Friends were instructed to email his mother’s work account, she downloaded the messages to a USB drive, and she gave it all to Santos-Menéndez to view on his home computer. He would then respond to messages, load his outgoing emails onto the USB drive, and rely on his mother to send them from her office the next day.

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#biz-it, #cuba, #digital-divide, #features, #internet

Pedro Gomez, a Pillar of Baseball Coverage for ESPN, Dies at 58

A son of Cuban refugees, he covered 25 World Series and 22 All-Star Games.

#baseball, #cuba, #deaths-obituaries, #espn, #news-and-news-media, #pedro-gomez, #television

Why GameStop Reminds Mark Cuban of the ’90s

The billionaire says the current stock market is reminiscent of the first dot-com boom. “Everybody’s a genius in a bull market — until they’re not.”

#cuba, #cuban-mark, #gamestop-corporation, #icahn-carl-c, #reddit-inc, #shark-tank-tv-program, #stocks-and-bonds, #yahoo-inc

Dissidents First: A Foreign Policy Doctrine for the Biden Administration

A dissident is to a dictatorship what a bald fact is to an edifice of lies, the revelation of which causes the whole thing to crumble.

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Cuba, Though Angered by Terror Designation, Is Looking Past Trump

The U.S. decision was made in “the death throes of a failed and corrupt administration,” Cuba’s president said. For Cubans, the change in administrations in Washington can’t come soon enough.

#cuba, #diaz-canel-bermudez-miguel, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #international-trade-and-world-market, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations

Pompeo Returns Cuba to Terrorism Sponsor List, Constraining Biden’s Plans

In announcing the move, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo cited Cuba’s hosting of American fugitives and Colombian rebels and its support for Venezuela’s authoritarian leader.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #cuba, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #obama-barack, #pompeo-mike, #state-department, #terrorism, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

Pompeo Weighs Plan to Place Cuba on U.S. Terrorism Sponsor List

The move would complicate any effort by the incoming Biden administration to resume President Barack Obama’s thaw in relations with Havana.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #cuba, #meeks-gregory-w, #obama-barack, #pompeo-mike, #presidential-transition-us, #state-department, #terrorism, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

Covert microwave weapon “most plausible” cause of Cuba “health attacks”

1950s cars driving past a Brutalist, multistory concrete building is peak Cuba.

Enlarge / Picture of the US embassy in Havana, taken on September 29, 2017, after the United States announced it was withdrawing more than half its personnel in response to mysterious health attacks targeting its diplomatic staff. (credit: Getty | AFP)

In late 2016, US diplomats in Cuba began reporting bizarre and alarming episodes in their homes and hotel rooms. They spoke of irritating or piercing noises—buzzes, squeals, or clicks—that seemed to come from a particular direction but weren’t always dampened when they clasped their hands to their ears. Some described feeling pressure and vibrations, too.

With the disturbances came a constellation of debilitating symptoms: dizziness, nausea, headaches, balance problems, ringing in their ears, visual disturbances, nosebleeds, difficulty concentrating and recalling words, hearing loss, and speech problems.

Since the first 2016 reports, the mysterious episodes seemed to afflict more than 50 US diplomats and their families; more than 40 in Havana and at least a dozen more at the US Consulate in Guangzhou, China. Some CIA officers working in Russia have also reported similar cases.

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