Daily Briefing – August 10, 2017

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A daily look at deals, events and transactions of note for trade and investment in Cuba.

Tapping the tympanic membrane? The U.S. State Department released a report Wednesday stating that it had expelled two Cuban diplomats in Washington after discovering that several U.S. diplomats had recently suffered mysterious hearing loss while stationed in Havana. The report suggests someone in Cuba had transmitted undetectable high-frequency sounds through covert sonic devices. (BBC News)

Cuban music to U.S. ears: While the U.S. State Department investigates who in Havana might have used covert sonic devices to damage the hearing of U.S. diplomats stateside, the sounds of Santiago de Cuba will be music to the ears of Angelinos. Cuba’s popular son ensemble El Septeto Santiaguero are planning a friendly people-to-people concert in Los Angeles on August 25th. (LA Times)

Be Careful what you warn for: The Cuban Missile Crisis has some timely lessons for President Donald Trump’s threats of “fire and fury” for the nuclear defiance of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, says Michael Dobbs, author of One Minute to Midnight: Kennedy, Khrushchev, and Castro on the Brink of Nuclear War. In an opinion piece for the Washington Post, Dobbs wrote that the real risk of nuclear war arose not from conscious decisions from any of the world leaders involved in that historic 1962 crisis but from “miscommunication and freak accidents, which became increasingly likely at higher levels of military alert.” (Washington Post)

Exploring Cuba and the Deep South Part I: Some early North American explorers really get around, and these days, they’re serving as inspiration for modern mayors in the United States’ deep South. This week, Cuba Trade published a special city report looking at the 300-year history of cultural and commercial exchange between Mobile, Alabama and Havana, Cuba. It all began with Mobile’s founder Pierre Le Moyne d’Iberville, a Canadian explorer who helped colonize the South while making frequent visits to Cuba, where he eventually passed away. Current Mobile Mayor William “Sandy” Stimpson and former Mobile Mayor Michael C. Dow expressed great pride in their Sister City relationship with Havana, the ease in promoting agricultural trade and travel through the close proximity of their ports, and last but not least, Mobile’s role in introducing baseball to Cuba. (Cuba Trade Magazine)

Exploring Cuba and the Deep South Part II: Lately, Canadian explorer Pierre Le Moyne d’Iberville’s Cuba-Deep South connection is inspiring mayors across his historic route to forge similar paths. Biloxi, Mississippi’s Sun Herald reports that its current Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich will travel to Havana next week with several local business developers and medical professionals to explore U.S.-Cuba engagement. Like its neighboring Mobile, Alabama, Biloxi, was founded about 300 years ago by Canadian explorer Pierre Le Moyne d’Iberville, who helped forge cultural and economic ties with Cuba. Mayor Gillich is looking into a possible U.S.-Cuba baseball game, as well as a U.S.-Cuba regatta, which he hopes to organize alongside renowned Cuban Comodore José Miguel Díaz Estrich.  SunHerald





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