Any headline with the letters C.I.A. in it gives us a funny feeling but alas, the agency claims that Russia doesn't have anything to do with the so called Havana Syndrome.

Weekly Cuba News Roundup: January 21st, 2022

A head scratching headline coming from the New York Times this week, with the C.I.A. claiming that the ailments known as Havana Syndrome are unlikely to have been caused by Russia or another adversary. While believing a statement the C.I.A. puts out could be parallel to believing in Santa Claus, it does seem that nobody knows will say what the real story is.

Look to the southeast and you’ll find a kidnapped Cuban doctor in the D.R. This is after a ransom payment was made (and that my friends is why you don’t negotiate with terrorists). Six mass trials have concluded, leaving Cuban protestors to await potential lengthy prison sentences. Tensions remain high between Russia and U.S. leaving many to ponder Putin’s plans for Cuba. Spain’s EFE is likely to have to leave Cuba. A Miami Herald opinion piece calls out Miami politicians for calling for democracy while acting like fascists. And, Puerto Rico has received judge approval for its debt restructuring – the largest public sector bankruptcy deal in U.S. history. Read on… it gets juicy this week.

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AP: Cuban protesters await sentencing, facing long prison terms

Relatives show pictures of relatives in prison. Photo: Ap/Ramon Espinosa

Cuban courts have wrapped up the hearing phase of six mass trials for people accused of involvement in the largest and most unruly protests on the island in decades, leaving more than 100 defendants awaiting potentially heavy sentences. Read more at apnews.com.

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Miami Herald: A kidnapped Cuban doctor is being held by a gang in Haiti even though ransom was paid

Cuban doctor Daymara Helen Pérez Alabedra was kidnapped in Haiti, a fellow doctor confirmed. Photo: Facebook

More than a week after she was kidnapped, a Cuban doctor is still being held for ransom in Haiti, where violent gangs keep disrupting essential services. Read more at miamiherald.com.

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Al Jazeera: How real is Russia’s threat to deploy missiles to Latin America?

People demonstrate against war on October 27, 1962 in front the White House in Washington, DC, during the Cuban missile crisis. Photo: AFP

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NY Times: Judge Approves Deal to Resolve Puerto Rico Bankruptcy

A November protest outside the federal court in San Juan, where a bankruptcy judge was considering a debt adjustment plan for Puerto Rico. Photo: Carlos Giusti/Associated Press

Puerto Rico received approval from a federal judge on Tuesday to leave bankruptcy under the largest public-sector debt restructuring deal in the history of the United States, nearly five years after the financially strapped territory declared it could not repay its creditors. Read more at nytimes.com.

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VOA News: Spain’s EFE Could Leave Cuba ‘Within Weeks’

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For almost half a century, Spain’s EFE news agency has reported from Cuba, covering everything from the historic visit by President Barack Obama to the death of Fidel Castro. But its independent coverage in one of the world’s most censored societies could be about to end. Read more at voanews.com.

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NY Times: Most ‘Havana Syndrome’ Cases Unlikely Caused by Foreign Power, C.I.A. Says

Guantanamo Bay Camp 5. Photo: Thomas Watkins/AFP/Getty Images

The C.I.A. has found that most cases of the mysterious ailments known as Havana syndrome are unlikely to have been caused by Russia or another foreign adversary, agency officials said, a conclusion that angered victims. Read more at nytimes.com.

Miami Herald: Miami pols, how can you call for democracy in Cuba, but stand with fascism in Florida? | Opinion

Gov. Ron DeSantis gives opening remarks flanked by local state delegation members before signing legislation to make it harder for social-media companies to punish users who violate terms of service agreements. Photo: Carl Juste Miami Herald.

I hardly recognize you, Cuban-American Republican lawmakers from Miami. You are a shameful bunch. How can you call for democracy in Cuba with a straight face — and any measure of credibility — when you subscribe and indulge the fascist, racist impulses of Gov. Ron DeSantis in Florida. Read more at miamiherald.com.

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