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Thursday, November 15, 2018

Deep And Divisive: The Growing Mystery Of Ill Diplomats In Cuba

Reprinted with permission from ProPublica.
by Tim Golden and Sebastian Rotella

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On the night of May 27, a young woman newly assigned to the United States Embassy in Havana heard a disturbing noise at her home in the city’s Playa neighborhood. As she had been instructed, she telephoned an embassy security officer, who hurried over to investigate. He heard something, too.

Both embassy employees were soon medevaced out of Cuba. At the University of Pennsylvania medical school’s Center for Brain Injury and Repair, they were diagnosed with concussion-like symptoms similar to those found in 2017 among 24 Americans and a smaller group of Canadians, all of whom had also served in Cuba.



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Trump Official Did Undisclosed Favors For Scandal-Plagued GOP Fundraiser

Reprinted with permission from ProPublica.

A current State Department official helped a top fundraiser for Donald Trump arrange meetings with U.S. senators and Angolan officials in early 2017, according to emails obtained by ProPublica. Neither the official nor the fundraiser registered as a foreign agent.

Aryeh Lightstone helped plan the January 2017 meetings with U.S. senators, high-ranking Angolan government officials and the Trump fundraiser Elliott Broidy, the emails show. Several months later, Lightstone was appointed by the Trump administration to a top position in the U.S. Embassy in Israel. The involvement of a now-sitting Trump administration official in Broidy’s work has not previously been reported.



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America Vs. The World Is A Losing Game

Reprinted with permission from Creators.

 

The Trump administration is full of people who think that if you’re making the rest of the world mad, you’re doing something right. “It was a blessing to go into the U.N. with body armor every day,” said Nikki Haley after announcing she will leave her post as America’s representative to the international body. Foreign disagreement is taken as vindication.

This is not a new phenomenon. President Bill Clinton defended American unilateralism at the U.N. in 1993 and refused to sign the international treaty banning land mines. His secretary of state Madeleine Albright once bragged, “We are the indispensable nation.”

George W.…

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