If you decide to join the jerks who visit cool countries and travel to the island-prison, there are a couple of things you may want to keep in mind.
First, there are the weird symptoms: On Sept. 29, the State Department recalled 21 employees of the American Embassy in Havana, Cuba.
The group (along with three Canadians) were all suffering from an odd combination of symptoms: “hearing loss, dizziness, headache, fatigue, cognitive issues, and difficulty sleeping,” Secretary of State Rex Tillerson ticked off in an official statement.
On Wednesday, an upcoming report to be published in the Journal of the American Medical Association by doctors at the University of Miami, the University of Pennsylvania, and government medical experts was reported by the AP to include evidence that the 24 victims showed clear patterns of brain abnormalities.
Whether they were due to sonic attacks or poisoning remains to be determined.
Two: Reuters reports (emphasis added),
American tourists strolling the ample squares and narrow streets of colonial Havana may not know it, but from novelist Ernest Hemingway’s famed Floridita bar to Sloppy Joe’s eatery, they are probably patronizing businesses owned by Cuba’s military.
Three: Big brother will be watching you.
Including that quaint house at El Vedado you saw at Airbnb,
Airbnb over the last week has suspended or banned hosts—both in Europe and the United States—for violating a strict Airbnb prohibition on undisclosed cameras on the properties.
However, the company has not responded to several Washington Free Beacon inquiries about whether it warns U.S. or other tourists traveling to Cuba about the potential for Cuban government’s electronic surveillance of guest quarters and long history of the Castro regime’s security police gaining access to rented rooms.
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The government can easily track foreign guests because it requires Airbnb hosts to report their passport numbers to Cuban immigration authorities, according to a report last year in the Miami Herald.
The latter article has more information on the dismal financial arrangements the oppressive communist regime imposes on its people.
If you insist on spending a winter holiday in the island prison, remember the old phrase, forewarned is foretold.
Fausta Rodríguez Wertz writes on U. S. and Latin America at Fausta’s blog