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acoustics-300x169As facts continue to surface about the mysterious “acoustic attacks” marring already fragile US-Cuba relations since late 2016, it is clear that the situation is not getting any less confusing.

Initially, the victims were reported to be at least 10 US diplomats and their family members, who suffered symptoms ranging from mild concussions to possibly permanent hearing loss. Now, at least five Canadian diplomats and their families living in Cuba are reported to have experienced the same symptoms.

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maduro-300x225In a surprise visit to Cuba, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro paid homage to the late Fidel Castro just after the 91st anniversary of his birth on August 13, 1926.

Maduro met with Cuban President Raul Castro for a visit to the cemetery in Santiago de Cuba and the mausoleums of both Fidel and national hero Jose Marti. The visit marks a continuation of strong relations between the two socialist countries, who remain regional ideological allies.

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cuban-honor-guard-1800-ts600-300x200In the continuation of a truly bizarre and unfortunate trend, two US diplomats in Havana recently lost their hearing due to covert devices that perform “acoustic attacks”; that is, devices that play frequencies out of the range of normal hearing that can cause damage to the internal ear. One of the diplomats may never regain his hearing, and another reports that he now requires a hearing aid.

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Raul-Castro-300x200Cuban President Raul Castro dismissed President Donald Trump’s harder line on relations with Havana to Cuba’s National Assembly on Friday, calling it a setback.

“Any strategy that seeks to destroy the revolution either through coercion or pressure or through more subtle methods will fail,” said Castro.

This was the first time he has commented on Trump’s June announcement of a rollback of some of the changes established by former President Barack Obama.

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Ladies-in-White-300x148Cuban opposition group Ladies in White (Damas de Blanco) has spoken out about the increased repression against political dissidents in Cuba since former U.S. President Barack Obama thawed relations with the island.

The group spoke about the worsening political situation during a press conference in Miami, Florida last week, El Nuevo Herald reports.

“We ask the international community to tell the Castro regime to stop repression in Cuba,” said Ladies in White member Maria Elena Alpizar.

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Airbnb-Goes-to-Cuba-300x200Cuban locals who rent their homes to U.S. visitors using Airbnb have been complaining about not receiving payments for months now, The Miami Herald reports. The American company opened its platform to Cubans after former U.S. President Barack Obama thawed relations with Cuba in 2014.

It was the first major U.S. company to enter the island nation and has become a convenient way for locals to directly earn a significant income. It worked well until a few months ago. One Cuban host told the press that the digital platform now owes her $2,000 and the company has not told when she can expect to receive her money.

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Marco-RubioRepublican Senator Marco Rubio has mostly kept quiet about what he has discussed with President Donald Trump on the three occasions they have met, including once over dinner with their wives at the White House. But Rubio told the host of a Spanish-language TV show last week that he used the conversations with the president to bring up Cuba and the future of U.S.-Cuba relations.

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Cuban-Foreign-Minister-300x132Republican congressmen Roger Marshal of Kansas, Jack Bergman of Michigan, James Comer of Kentucky, and Tom Emmer and Jason Lewis of Minnesota met with Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez on Monday, March 6 to discuss foreign relations between the U.S. and Cuba.

Cuban Foreign Minister Director Josefina Vidal and U.S. Deputy Director General Gustavo Machin were also in attendance.

This is the second U.S. delegation to visit the island during the Trump administration. Two weeks ago, Republican Senator Thad Cochran of Mississippi was part of a congressional delegation that was welcomed by President Raul Castro at a three-day business forum to discuss relations and explore future business opportunities between the U.S. and Cuba.

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