Daily Briefing – December 6, 2017

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

What doctors learned about the injuries suffered by U.S. diplomats in Havana: Doctors say they have discovered brain abnormalities among U.S. Embassy workers harmed by a string of mysterious incidents in Havana, according to the Associated Press. U.S. officials said medical tests show that the victims developed changes to white matter tracts, which allow different parts of the brain to communicate. The finding is the most conclusive evidence to date that the incidents, which the State Department has called “attacks,” caused distinguishable changes to the brains of the victims. It also raises suspicions that a sonic weapon was involved. The Cuban government has repeatedly denied claims that it carried out attacks against diplomats. It has recently accused the U.S. of not presenting evidence of an alleged attack. (Associated Press)

House Foreign Affairs Committee leaders call on health agencies to study Cuba mystery: The leaders of the House Foreign Affairs Committee are calling on the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to “take a leading role” in the investigation of the mysterious injuries suffered by at least two dozen U.S. Embassy workers in Havana. “Your expertise is needed now more than ever in determining what precisely happened to U.S. personnel in Cuba,” Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R-Calif.) and Ranking Member Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.) wrote in a letter to the health agencies. The letter was published before the Associated Press reported on doctors discovering brain abnormalities in the Cuba attack patients. (House Foreign Affairs Committee)

Making sense of the new Cuba regulations: The new Cuba sanctions undoubtedly create more obstacles for U.S. travelers and businesses seeking to explore the island. But renewed clarity on Cuba is appreciated by many, especially those who have tracked Donald Trump since he first promised to reverse the Obama administration’s “one-sided” deal more than a year ago as a presidential candidate. Cuba Trade breaks down what’s still allowed under the new regulations and how the Trump administration expects to enforce the new rules. (Cuba Trade)

Got milk? Camagüey province has seen a steady decline in milk production since 2012, according to a report from state-controlled media. The decline is happening in both the state-controlled and agricultural cooperative sectors. Even though the report details some moderate optimism for the milk sector, it demonstrates that bureaucracy is obstructing greater production. Cuba only produces about 50 percent of the milk it consumes. It relies on imports for the rest of its milk demands. (14ymedio)

Too clever for customs: A Cuban who lives in Miami detailed how he brings medicines, food and money in and out of Cuba without getting caught by customs agents. The Cuban, who asked not to be identified, has built a network of people who provide those services. (El Nuevo Herald and 14ymedio)

Love in the time of Trump: Jennifer Herrera, a 20-year-old daughter of Cuban immigrants who lives in Portland, Ore., will not be able to reunite with her Cuban fiancé, Andro, in the U.S. because visa services for Cubans at the U.S. Embassy in Havana have been halted. The couple had started planning a wedding for December, but now Herrera says she’s not sure when they will be together. (Washington Post)

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