Medical doctors, FBI investigators and U.S. intelligence agencies have spent months trying to piece together the puzzle in Havana, where the U.S. says 24 U.S. government officials and spouses fell ill starting last year in homes and later in some hotels. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Wednesday he's "convinced these were targeted attacks," but the U.S. doesn't know who's behind them.
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Though the astute reader will note that the following article, by a concerned and clear-eyed Muslim, is of the opinion that Saudi Arabia (the self-declared representative of Islam worldwide) is ironically more anti-Muslim (not anti-Islam, there is a difference) than even Israel, citing the anti-humanitarian Saudi intervention of Yemen, motivated by Sunni-Islamic Saudi Arabia's uncontrollable hatred for Shia-Islamic Iran (if you really understand what's going on, religion is really only a front, or at most only a single facet amongst many, for geopolitical power struggles).
In this particular case however, a psychical dimension to these attacks is neither necessary nor probable in explaining the mysterious brain attacks. The most likely explanation, as pointed out by the visitor comments below the article, involve covert spy / military technologies (eg. chemical-based attacks, biological-based attacks, physics-based attacks such as radiation, sonar, etc) by a foreign government intent on disrupting USA-Cuba relations.
U.S. officials told the AP that the FBI and CIA investigators have now determined:
â€” The most frequently reported sound patients heard was a high-pitched chirp* or grating metal. Fewer recalled a low-pitched noise, like a hum.
â€” Some were asleep and awakened by the sound, even as others sleeping in the same bed or room heard nothing.
â€” Vibrations sometimes accompanied the sound. Victims told investigators these felt similar to the rapid flutter of air when windows of a car are partially rolled down.
â€” Those worst off knew right away something was affecting their bodies. Some developed visual symptoms within 24 hours, including trouble focusing on a computer screen.
* Visitor comment : "I also regularly experience high-pitched chirps that irritate my brain... it's my wife."
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The alleged corruption related to a Malaysian state investment fund is â€œkleptocracy at its worst,â€� U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Monday.
If there is a common denominator explaining so many recent events in the Middle East â€” actions by Saudi Arabia, the U.S., Syria, Israel and Yemen â€” it can be expressed in one word: Iran. Everyone has Iranâ€™s growing power and influence in the region on the mind â€” including Iran â€” and that obsession is making a lot of people crazy.
For instance, the Trump administration, like Barack Obamaâ€™s, actually wants to get away from the Middle East â€” as much as possible â€” but while leaving as little Iranian influence behind as possible.
Saudi Arabia, under Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, known as M.B.S., wants to get ahead in the Middle East and reform his economy for the 21st century â€” while curtailing as much Iranian influence in the region as possible.
And the Iranians want to get wide â€” to expand their influence from Tehran to the Mediterranean â€” not by creating a successful and attractive development model at home that Arabs and other Muslims would want to emulate, but rather by forcing their way into Lebanon, Yemen, Syria and Iraq through local Shiite militias that have created states within these states.
This is generating a lot of anxiety in the Arab world, the U.S. and Israel without enough people stepping back and thinking: So pro-Iranian militias control a bunch of bad neighborhoods in Beirut, Sana, Damascus and Baghdad. Tell me, what is second prize? What are they really â€œwinningâ€�?
Iran has a richly talented population, and rich Persian culture. But instead of unleashing both and enabling Iranâ€™s youth to realize their full potential â€” and making the country influential that way â€” the ayatollahs are suppressing those talents at home and unleashing the power of Shiite mercenaries on Lebanon, Syria, Iraq and Yemen, and compelling influence that way instead.
Itâ€™s actually rather pathetic. The greatest thing that the U.S. and Saudi Arabia could do is to stop working each other into a lather over this Iranian â€œthreatâ€� and to focus on their domestic reform agendas. That would be the best revenge on Tehran.
For starters, American, European and Arab leaders should all be encouraging M.B.S. to keep going where no Saudi leader before him has dared to go â€” pursuing his stated goal of reversing the religious right turn that the kingdom took in 1979, after the takeover of the Grand Mosque in Mecca by Muslim extremists. That prompted the Saudi rulers at the time to ban fun, tighten the control of the religious police over society and to much more aggressively export the most misogynist, anti-pluralistic interpretation of Islam to mosques and madrasas across the Muslim world, tilting the whole faith community to the right.
If M.B.S. fulfills his vow to bring Saudi Islam back to â€œmoderation,â€� it will surely improve the status of Muslim women, the quality of education in Muslim communities and the relationship between Muslims and other faiths across the globe. We in the West have spent tremendous sums â€œcountering Muslim extremism.â€� We may finally have a Saudi leader ready to do that work â€” from the wellspring of Islam â€” and it would over time hugely benefit Muslims and non-Muslims alike.
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What I love about Singapore is that Chinese food from all over China can be found here. As a person who lives in China, I sometimes find it frustrating that the cuisine is so localized. In Sichuan, itâ€™s hard to find Hainanese food for example. Singapore and itâ€™s food hawker centres are a best-of album of Asian food from all across Asia.
On 24 November, Ninja Van contacted me that they will deliver the goods to me. I waited for them the whole day at home and decided to call them at 6pm to check it out. The operator confirmed that the parcel will be delivered to me by 10pm. I waited for another 4 hours but I see no NINJA! After that I called up the centre again and they advised that the delivery was not successful! I was furious that no one even called me and they advised me to reschedule it to Monday (27/11), 6-10pm instead and PROMISED that I will get it.
On 27 November (Monday)I waited for Ninja Van the whole night but no one called me at all, so i decided to call up Ninja Van again and this time round they told me that no driver was assigned!! The standard statement by the operator was " Sir, we understand your frustration! Nothing you can do at this moment but to wait till tomorrow! I am so sorry sir, we will definitely escalate the issue up!" They told me that they will reschedule again to Tues (28/11)! I was so so angry but have to accept it!
On Tuesday (28/11), no one called me AT ALL!!! I called up again and they said Wed (29/11)!! They must be insane to expect everyone waiting at home for the parcels everyday. On Wed, I was trying to be at home again but no one called me but subsequently sent me the same message to inform me that the delivery was not successful again. I called up the centre and they told me to wait again on Thursday (the call center aint friendly at all and they asked me to literally suck it up).
So to fast forward, i received the same message on Thursday but no one turned up. Today, they told me the delivery was successfully, yehh FINALLY, but successfully returned to the SENDER, not me!
Intelligence agencies made contact with monetary offers and he rebuffed them. "I am not a spy or a journalist," he would say. "I tell them this: If you want the information, it's published and it's public for free. Take it."
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