Canada Reducing Cuba Embassy Staff 

On January 30, the Canadian foreign ministry (Global Affairs Canada) announced that another of its diplomats in Havana had fallen mysteriously ill. [1] This is the 14th such case.  “To date, no cause has been identified.” As a result, Canada is removing up to half of its embassy staff. The Canadian statement added, “Canada has a … Continue reading Canada Reducing Cuba Embassy Staff 

Call for U.S., Canada and Cuba Joint Investigation of Medical Problems of U.S. and Canadian Diplomats in Cuba  

Luis Velázquez, a Cuban neurologist who was recently appointed president of the Cuban Academy of Sciences, has asked the US and Canadian national science academies for a joint scientific inquiry to examine the evidence behind the alleged attacks on U.S. and Canadian diplomats in Cuba.[1] The need for such an investigation was buttressed by a … Continue reading Call for U.S., Canada and Cuba Joint Investigation of Medical Problems of U.S. and Canadian Diplomats in Cuba  

U.S. Establishes Task force To Coordinate Response to Health Problems of U.S. Diplomats in Cuba and China 

On May 23, the U.S. State Department established the Health Incidents Response Task Force to coordinate a response to unexplained health problems affecting some diplomats stationed in Havana, Cuba and in China.[1] As the Department’s press release stated, this group will “direct a multi-agency response to the unexplained health incidents that have affected a number … Continue reading U.S. Establishes Task force To Coordinate Response to Health Problems of U.S. Diplomats in Cuba and China 

More Details on Medical Problems of Canadian Diplomats in Cuba         

Newly disclosed Canadian government documents reveal more details about medical problems experienced by their diplomats and members of their families in Cuba.[1] In May 2017 one of those diplomats in a message to the government in Ottawa reported that some diplomats and members of their families, including children, had symptoms including headaches, dizziness, nausea, hearing … Continue reading More Details on Medical Problems of Canadian Diplomats in Cuba         

Canadian Analysis of Medical Problems of Its Diplomats in Cuba

A new study commissioned by the Canadian government concluded that fumigation against mosquitoes in Cuba and not “sonic attacks” may have caused about 40 U.S. and Canadian diplomats and family members in Havana to fall ill.[1] The researchers for this study said that they had detected different levels of brain damage in an area responsible … Continue reading Canadian Analysis of Medical Problems of Its Diplomats in Cuba

Update on Trump Administration’s Threat To  Allow U.S. Litigation Over Cuba’s Expropriated Property

A prior post reported that the Trump Administration was considering not continuing the waiver of the right of certain owners of Cuban property that was expropriated in 1959-60 to bring litigation in U.S. federal courts.  Here are two updates. First, Engage Cuba, an U.S. bipartisan coalition supporting normalization of U.S.-Cuba relations, published a strong objection … Continue reading Update on Trump Administration’s Threat To  Allow U.S. Litigation Over Cuba’s Expropriated Property

Another Two Week Suspension of Title III of the Helms Burton Act

On April 3, the U.S. Department of State stated, “Today, Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo announced his decision to continue for two weeks, from April 18 through May 1, 2019, the current suspension with an exception of the right to bring an action under Title III of the 1996 Cuban Liberty and Democratic Solidarity … Continue reading Another Two Week Suspension of Title III of the Helms Burton Act

Is Cuba-North Korea Cooperation Good or Bad for U.S.? 

On November 22-24 North Korea’s Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho was in Havana to meet with Cuba’s Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez and President Raúl Castro. Was this a positive or negative development for  the U.S., which has simultaneous strained relationships with both countries?[1] Background Since 1960, soon after the Cuban Revolution assumed control of the … Continue reading Is Cuba-North Korea Cooperation Good or Bad for U.S.? 

Continued Disagreements Over What Happened to U.S. Diplomats in Cuba

Many previous posts have discussed the disagreements between the U.S. and Cuba over what, if anything, happened to U.S. diplomats stationed in Cuba starting in late 2016. [1] That disagreement continues. U.S. Medical Report [2] The latest report on these issues by the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Brain Injury and Repair was published in … Continue reading Continued Disagreements Over What Happened to U.S. Diplomats in Cuba

Injured U.S. and Canadian Diplomats in Cuba: New Developments

There have been several recent developments regarding the U.S. and Canadian diplomats who have suffered injuries while serving in Cuba. First, the two counties’ diplomats have sued their respective governments. The Canadian lawsuit in Toronto on February 6 alleges that the Canadian government was slow to respond to complaints about these injuries and has failed … Continue reading Injured U.S. and Canadian Diplomats in Cuba: New Developments