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Was Cuban sonic attack a weapon, or an accident?

Was Cuban sonic attack a weapon, or an accident?


Updated 10:28 AM ET, Fri August 25, 2017

Washington (CNN)The mysterious sonic attack on US diplomats stationed in Cuba is raising questions about weapons that sound more like something out of James Bond than reality.

The US believes sophisticated devices that operated outside the range of audible sound were deployed either inside or outside diplomats’ residences in Havana, injuring at least 16 Americans, several senior State Department officials have told CNN.
The attacks, which began in November and ended this spring, left some with mild traumatic brain injury; two might have permanent hearing loss. And the invisible assaults may be continuing against other targets, with Canadian diplomats and their family members reporting similar symptoms in June. : Read Complete Report

Cuban Government Denies Involvement In Diplomats’ ‘Mysterious Symptoms’

CBS Miami

Published on Aug 11, 2017

CBS Miami’s Eliott Rodriguez reports.

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Covert Cuban Device Likely Responsible For Hearing Loss Of U.S. Diplomats

Covert Cuban Device Likely Responsible For Hearing Loss Of U.S. Diplomats

Source: npr

NPR’s Ari Shapiro talks with Michael Weissenstein, the Associated Press director for the Caribbean, about how the loss of several U.S. diplomats’ hearing is being blamed on a covert Cuban device.


Now we have a bizarre story of what appears to be international sabotage coming out of Cuba. Over the last couple of years, some U.S. diplomats in Havana lost their hearing. Some had to cut short their mission and return to the U.S. for medical treatment. In retaliation, the U.S. kicked two Cuban diplomats out of the country. The Associated Press reports that American officials have concluded that the diplomats in Havana were exposed to an advanced device that operated outside the range of audible sound. Michael Weissenstein of the AP joins us from Havana. Welcome to the show.


SHAPIRO: Tell us more about what happened to these diplomats . . . Read Complete Transcript 

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Moving swiftly, US eases travel and trade rules on Cuba ~ Cuban cigar ban ends in US

Featured Image: Cuba, Holguín Street. CREDIT: Photo Anton Zelenov. SOURCE:Wikipedia Commons. (Public Domain).

Yahoo News

Moving swiftly, US eases travel and trade rules on Cuba


WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration, following through on its declaration of warming ties with Cuba, has eased travel restrictions and opened a wide range of new export opportunities with the communist island.

The series of executive branch moves, taken together, have had the effect of punching a large hole in America’s half-century-old embargo, although only Congress has the authority to fully end the 54-year embargo. President Barack Obama announced last month that he would soften the restrictions, and a new set of government regulations took effect Friday. . . . Read Complete Report

Cuban cigar ban ends in US

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is putting a large dent in the U.S. embargo against Cuba as of Friday, significantly loosening restrictions on American trade and investment.

The new rules also open up the communist island to greater American travel and allow U.S. citizens to start bringing home small amounts of Cuban cigars after more than a half-century ban. . . . Read Complete Report

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THEI Cuba Lebre Update Dec. 2014

youtube by Latin American News Dispatch DECEMBER 14, 2014 7:00 AM

Cuban Laws May Have Changed, But the Jokes Haven’t


“. . .  It has been over four years since I sat in those orchestra seats, and much has changed in Cuba. In recent months — between a New York Times op-ed calling for an end to the U.S. embargo and news of Cuban doctors aiding in the Ebola crisis — developments on the island have been particularly present in international media. Just Tuesday, The Associated Press ran a story on Cuba’s rarely discussed television programming. . . .

“. . . Despite the 2013 travel reform, around 25,000 Cubans fled the island by sea in the 2014 fiscal year, the highest number since Castro became president in 2008. Many Cubans cannot afford the visas and plane tickets needed for official travel, reported The New York Times, and conditions on the island are so poor that thousands are willing to risk their lives to make it to the U.S. . . .” . . . Read Complete Report

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Cuban Embargo Punctuates Florida’s Presidential Politics

Featured Image: Cuba Florida map. SOURCE: Wikipedia (Public Domain) 

The Wall Street Journal By BETH REINHARD

Both Parties Traditionally Court State’s Large Cuban-American Community—Now With Heightened Importance

For decades, Democrats and Republicans with sights on the White House have trekked to the heart of the Cuban-American community in Florida to declare their support for the U.S. trade embargo against the island. No candidate has won the state otherwise.

This staple of presidential politics in the nation’s largest swing state is taking on heightened importance as the 2016 presidential field takes shape. . . . Read Complete Report

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Cuba Libre Updates: The Blockade; Migration

For the record, I seldom agree with anything the UN does. In fact I am against the UN period. But when they do something right I’ll admit that also.  I am 100% against the blockade of Cuba. It hasn’t hurt the Castro Brothers.  It’s time this unjust bullying policy against the people of Cuba ends. . . EDITOR

From Peoples World  by: W. T. WHITNEY JR. October 30 2014

Again, UN General Assembly rejects U.S anti-Cuban blockade

The United Nations General Assembly voted Oct. 28 for the 23rd consecutive year on a Cuba resolution calling upon the United States to end its economic blockade against the island. The results highlight U.S. isolation in the diplomatic community; 188 UN nations voted “Yes,” and only two, the United States and Israel, rejected the resolution. . . Read Complete Report

Cuba Florida Straights CREDIT NASA SOURCE Wikipedia Commons Public domain


 Photo taken from space of the Southern tip of Florida, the Keys, Florida Straights and Cuba. CREDIT: NASA SOURCE: Wikipedia Commons (Public Domain)

from Keys info Net BY DAVID GOODHUE dgoodhue@keysrep October 31, 2014

Cuban ‘exodus’ blamed on failed reforms

Despite a marked increase in Cubans arriving by sea off South Florida, the U.S. Coast Guard says it does not anticipate a Mariel boatlift-type of crisis any time soon.

Between the 2,059 Cubans stopped at sea trying to land on shore and the more than 800 who actually made it here, there has been a 75 percent increase in attempted and successful migration from last fiscal year, which ended Sept. 30. . . . Read Complete Report


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Henry Kissinger ‘considered Cuba air strikes’ in 1976

Featured image: Henry Kissinger Shankbone Metropolitan Opera 2009 Wikipedia

From BBC News 1 October 2014 Last updated at 11:49 ET

US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger drew up plans to “smash Cuba” with air strikes nearly 40 years ago, government papers obtained by researchers show.

He was angered by Cuba’s 1976 military intervention in Angola and was considering retaliation if Cuban forces were deployed elsewhere in Africa.

The information comes from documents declassified at the request of the National Security Archive. . . . Read Complete Report

CubaEl_Moro_Havanna_CREDIT Dr. Anthony R. Picciolo, NOAA NODC SOURCE Wikipedia Commons Public domain










Image: El_Moro Havana Cuba.  CREDIT Dr. Anthony R. Picciolo. NOAA NODC. SOURCE: Wikipedia Commons (Public Domain)

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US, Cuba to hold migration talks in Havana

From Westport (CT) News  By PETER ORSI, Associated Press Updated 3:56 pm, Wednesday, January 8, 2014

HAVANA (AP) — Cuban and U.S. representatives are set to meet in Havana for a new round of restarted migration talks on Thursday, a signal of the longtime Cold War foes’ recent willingness to engage in areas of mutual interest but unlikely to be a harbinger of a major thaw in relations. . . . Read Complete Report

Cuba Lebre: Cuban police seize hundreds of toys from dissidents

Featured Image: Members of Cuban human rights group “Damas de Blanco” at their weekly demonstration following Sunday mass at Santa Rita church in Havana. CREDIT: Hvd69 SOURCE: Wikipedia Commons (This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.)

From Bellingham Herald BY JUAN O. TAMAYO El Nuevo Herald January 3, 2014

“MIAMI — Cuban police seized hundreds of toys from dissidents in a string of raids early Friday described by a pro-government blogger as a crackdown on a planned “provocation” – giving the toys, paid for by Miami exiles, to children.. . .

. . . “Belkis Cantillo, head of the Ladies in White in eastern Cuba, told El Nuevo Herald that she and 11 group members were staging a sit-in Friday in a house in Palmarito “to demand the return of what they (police) stole from us today.”. . . Read Complete Report

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Cuba Libre Update: Historic US flight to Cuba lands in Havana

From The Nation By   Tuesday, 31 December 2013 08:06

The first commercial passenger flight from Key West to Cuba in more than 50 years has landed in Havana, capping several years of efforts to reunite the two islands, though regular air service still appeared a distant prospect.

US Customs and Border Protection gave the final approval for the flight on Monday morning, and the nine-passenger aircraft departed 90 minutes later at 10am, Key West International Airport director Peter Horton said. . . . Read Complete Report

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