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CIA officer from bin Laden hunt to lead Havana Syndrome probe as cases rise

Enlarge / Picture of the US embassy in Havana, taken on October 3, 2017. Getty | YAMIL LAGE An undercover Central Intelligence Agency officer who helped hunt down Osama bin Laden will now lead the agency task force charged with investigating the mysterious health incidents that continue to plague US personnel, according to a report …

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Mysterious health “attack” cases rise to 130, US officials confirm

Enlarge / Picture of the US embassy in Havana, taken on September 29, 2017, after the United States announced it was withdrawing more than half its personnel in response to mysterious “health attacks” targeting its diplomatic staff. Getty | AFP Reports of mysterious health incidents that have led to brain injuries and caused a range …

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Mysterious health attacks like those seen in Cuba have come to DC

Enlarge / The White House, the South Lawn, and part of the Ellipse are seen from the observation deck of the Washington Monument on October 1, 2014, in Washington, DC. Getty | Chip Somodevilla At least two US government officials in the Washington, DC, area have experienced mysterious health incidents that are strikingly similar to …

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How Cubans make island Internet work for them

Enlarge / Jaime Santos-Menéndez, a Havana-based documentary filmmaker, has a much different workflow than creatives in the United States. Cassandra Brooklyn As countless Cubans have proudly told me over the years, “Cubans invent.” They use creative workarounds to get by in an environment with limited access to outside resources. Glass beer bottles are sawed off …

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Cuba’s exploding crypto interest comes amid an absence of regulation

Cuba is seeing an influx of cryptocurrency activity amid an apparent absence of related regulation in the country, according to senior executives at local crypto firms. In early November, Cuba recorded a major spike in Bitcoin (BTC)-related Google queries, indicating an increase in crypto activity in the country. Founders of major local crypto exchanges Qbita …

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Bitcoin in Cuba: A Local YouTube Influencer Explains How It Works

It’s hard to participate in the influencer economy from Cuba, but YouTuber Erich García Cruz is making it work.  “We do not have access to Visa cards or Mastercard products because of the embargo,” Cruz explained. “We are monetized through YouTube.”  Bitcoin is one of many tools he uses to turn those dollar earnings, in …

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Food and Cash Shortages Push Cubans Toward Permissionless Cryptocurrencies

Hundreds of Sites Now Earn Crypto Trading Fees: Exchange WordPress Plugin Sees 300 Active Installs A couple of months ago, a new WordPress (WP) plugin launched that allows anyone to host a digital currency trading platform. With the application, WP website owners can earn fees from various crypto asset trades. The developer of the plugin …

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