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Biden administration investigating cases of 'Havana syndrome' in Austria
The State Department announced on Friday there have been a series of Havana syndrome cases among the U.S. embassy community in Vienna community that will be investigated by multiple American agencies.

Havana syndrome first appeared at the U.S. Embassy in Cuba in 2016 when American officials began to get mysteriously ill. Some needed hospital treatment for months, and others had brain injuries.

by Cat on Sun Jul 18th, 2021 at 01:34:46 PM EST
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Transcript: NPR's Full Conversation With CIA Director William Burns
When you say you're trying to figure out what's causing them and who is causing them, that suggests that this is someone taking action.
That's certainly a very strong possibility. The National Academy of Sciences, a year ago, in a very extensive report that they did, suggested that the most plausible theory for what caused this was some form of directed energy, and that sort of narrows, then, the number of potential suspects who could have used this, have used it historically and have the reach to do this in more than one part of the world, too. So, yeah, we're very focused on getting to the bottom of this.

Is it Russia?
Could be, but I honestly cannot -- I don't want to suggest until we can draw some more definitive conclusions who it might be. But there are a number of possibilities.

by Cat on Thu Jul 22nd, 2021 at 11:35:59 PM EST
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Oh my GERD!  The Commies have caught up with the Nazi's!!!!!!!!

Given the ignorant stupidity of most Americans I'm sure the government can sell it.


She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

by ATinNM on Fri Jul 23rd, 2021 at 12:05:14 AM EST
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Shifting from campaign promises, Biden announces Cuba sanctions after protest crackdown
"This is just the beginning - the United States will continue to sanction individuals responsible for oppression of the Cuban people," Biden said in a statement Thursday.
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"The sanctions architecture [US blockade] built around Cuba makes these designations entirely redundant," [Ryan C. Berg, a senior fellow in the Americas program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies] said.
< wipes tears >
by Cat on Fri Jul 23rd, 2021 at 01:00:11 AM EST
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