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Listening device that causes deafness is unheard of, expert says

Listening device that causes deafness is unheard of, expert says

An American expert on intelligence (i.e. espionage) confesses that he is baffled by the allegations from Washington that a Cuban security agency used some secret device to damage the hearing of U.S. diplomats in Havana last year.

Cuba reacts to expulsions and accusations: Statement by Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Cuba reacts to expulsions and accusations: Statement by Ministry of Foreign Affairs

In a statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Cuban government asserts that they took the alleged incidents involving U.S. diplomats very seriously and would never allow Cuban territory to be used for any action against accredited diplomatic agents or their families.

U.S. ousts two Cuban diplomats citing mysterious 2016 ‘incident’

U.S. ousts two Cuban diplomats citing mysterious 2016 ‘incident’

The U.S. State Department has asked two officials of the Cuban Embassy in Washington to leave the country, according to Heather Nauert, a spokeswoman for the U.S. diplomatic corps. The reason given for their expulsions are “incidents” involving the health of Americans stationed in Havana.

This drought of ours

This drought of ours

The acute drought afflicting the island and its population is not news. But perhaps the real dimension of the problem has not been explained publicly to make people aware of the gravity. The humblest, the most dispossessed Cubans already know that.

Citing ‘deviations,’ Cuba stops issuing licenses to some self-employed workers

Citing ‘deviations,’ Cuba stops issuing licenses to some self-employed workers

To maintain better control over the work of “cuentapropistas” (self-employed entrepreneurs), the Cuban government has established new guidelines. According to official statistics, as of June 30, a total of 567,982 Cuban civilians worked for themselves, representing 12 percent of the nation’s employed workers.

Vidal, who led Cuban delegation to diplomatic ‘thaw,’ is named envoy to Canada

Vidal, who led Cuban delegation to diplomatic ‘thaw,’ is named envoy to Canada

Josefina Vidal Ferreiro, a diplomat who for 11 years headed “the U.S. desk” at the Cuban Foreign Ministry and was instrumental in the negotiations that led to improved relations between the two countries, has been assigned ambassador to Canada.

Raúl rebukes Trump but restates willingness to cooperate on equal basis

Raúl rebukes Trump but restates willingness to cooperate on equal basis

President Raúl Castro addressed the National Assembly this week stressing that the announcements made by President Donald Trump last June 16 in Miami signify a step back in bilateral relations. He added that Trump ignores the support for lifting the blockade by broad sectors in the United States, including the majority of the Cuban émigrés.

U.S. chargé leaves Cuba in ‘normal rotation,’ is replaced by his deputy

U.S. chargé leaves Cuba in ‘normal rotation,’ is replaced by his deputy

U.S. Chargé d’Affairs Jeffrey de Laurentis has left Cuba and been replaced by another career diplomat, Scott Hamilton, a spokesman for the U.S. Embassy in Havana confirmed this past Tuesday. De Laurentis’ departure “is part of the normal rotation cycle of career diplomats,” the spokesman said.

Debate is a good practice

Debate is a good practice

To debate aspects of the Cuban reality is extremely important these days, but it would be healthier if this encounter of different postures were broader and if these opinions were available to the majority of the Cuban people through the public media.

STEPPING BACKWARD / Thaw will help Cuban Jews

STEPPING BACKWARD / Thaw will help Cuban Jews

Progreso Weekly offers a diverse group of published articles and opinions critical of, or discussing, President Trump’s rejection of the Obama measures that offered an improvement in U.S. relations with Cuba. We believe that a reversal of these efforts will be detrimental to the U.S.’ economy and to U.S.-Cuba diplomatic relations.

Progreso Weekly, founded by Francisco G. Aruca, is an independent publication with a progressive view.

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