‘Sonic Attacks’ Now in China

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The U.S. State Department is investigating whether a ‘sonic attack’ experienced by a U.S. government employee in China mimics the ones experienced by U.S. diplomats in Cuba. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said yesterday that the incident in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou is “very similar” and “entirely consistent” with what happened in Havana. In both cases, U.S. personnel experienced minor brain damage after hearing abnormal sounds. The incidents in Cuba led to a radical reduction in U.S. embassy staff there and in Cuban embassy staff in Washington, DC. (CNN)

U.S. Sanctions Won’t Stop EU Investment in Cuba, says Former Ambassador: Ambassador Paul Webster Hare, a British diplomat of 30 years and the British ambassador to Cuba 2001-2004, says he doubts that new U.S. restrictions for doing business in Cuba will deter European investors there. In an interview yesterday at Boston University, where he now works as a professor, Hare talked about the history of the European Union’s investment in Cuba – and how the EU is now replacing Venezuela as a source of foreign capital. Hare noted that Cuba’s difficulties in acquiring more FDI have as much to do with the Cuban bureaucracy as anything else. (Boston University)

Havana Cruise Terminal to Triple in Size: The dock that accommodates cruise ships for Havana will be able to handle three times as many ships by 2024, according to the CEO of the Istanbul-based company now responsible for its management. Global Ports Holding CEO Emre Sayin said yesterday that cruises to Havana will continue to rapidly expand, thanks to U.S. restrictions on Americans staying at Cuban hotels owned by the military. Such restrictions favor the model of cruise ships providing lodging on board. As many as 500,000 cruise passengers are expected to arrive in Havana this year, up from 328,000 last year. (Bloomberg)

Anti-Castro Exile Dead at 90: Anti-Castro activist Luis Posada Carriles, who was jailed for 9 years in Venezuela for allegedly masterminding the explosion of a Cubana Airlines passenger jet in 1976 that killed 73 people, has died at the age of 90. Posada was a former CIA operative who took part in the 1961 Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba, and who dedicated his life to assassinating Fidel Castro. “The biggest terrorist of this hemisphere died without paying his debts to justice” wrote the editor of Granma, Cuba’s official Communist Party newspaper. Posada died in his sleep at a hospital in South Florida, where he was being treated for throat cancer. (ReutersMiami Herald)

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