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Havana Syndrome or Washington Syndrome?

Publisher MEMO Publishers
Published September 14, 2021
Digital 14 Pages
Language English

On 17 February, 2017, the then-US chargé d’affaires in Havana sent a complaint to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MINREX) about alleged “attacks” against his staff, which had theoretically occurred since November of the previous year. There was no talk at that time of diseases or symptoms. Immediately, Cuban experts began to investigate, without ever questioning why the information was not shared with them from day one.

When the press reports of that time are reviewed, it can be seen that the information about the alleged attacks was disseminated to the American public through specific journalists and media outlets; the rest only echoed without asking uncomfortable questions or questioning the official story. Cuban officials located and spoke with the directors of these media outlets, who could never deny that their journalists were being used by unidentified sources from the US Government, who created more confusion without seeking an explanation. Nor could they justify the periodic reiteration of the issue, despite there being nothing new to report.

In this report, Dr José Rodríguez takes a look at the controversial phenomenon dubbed the “Havana Syndrome”.

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Dr José Ramón Cabañas Rodríguez

Jose Ramon Cabañas Rodriguez is the director of the Research Centre for International Policy (CIPI), Havana, Cuba. Rodriguez served in the Cuban diplomatic service for 37 years. In the domestic service, he has been deputy director of the US and Canada at MINREX, director of consular affairs and of Cubans residing abroad, director of document...

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