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Report links Havana diplomats’ mysterious symptoms to likely radiation ‘attack’



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A U.S. government report released Saturday points to radiofrequency energy as the likely source of the mysterious illness that made many U.S. diplomats, as well as other countries’ diplomats, serving in Havana, Cuba sick back in 2017. Additionally, the report cites strong evidence implying that the illness was likely caused by attacks. Radiofrequency energy, it should be noted, is a type of radiation that includes microwaves.

While the reports of these symptoms arose in August 2017, the reports themselves date back to late 2016.

More than 40 U.S. government employees were affected by this illness between 2016 and 2018, according to Reuters.

Researchers from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine concluded that the symptoms experienced by those diplomats in Havana—such as dizziness, nausea, visual impairments, hearing a loud sound, and headaches—were “consistent with a directed radio frequency (RF) energy attack”. This illness has come to be known as Havana syndrome.

Furthermore, the 19-person committee stated that “directed, pulsed radiofrequency energy” was “the most plausible mechanism” in explaining Havana syndrome but that secondary factors and other possible causes also bringing about these symptoms could not be taken off the table.

Other U.S. government employees stationed in Cuba and other places have also reported similar symptoms, such as in China and Russia. In June 2018, the U.S. State Department announced that it had withdrawn diplomats from China over worries that they were experiencing such symptoms.

The 2017 illnesses in Havana sparked rumors and speculation that it was a deliberate attack carried out by a foreign country hostile to the United States, with many U.S. officials suspecting Russia.

While the report doesn’t name any country or entity as the origin of these likely attacks, the researchers cited Western, Russian, and Soviet studies on pulsed radiofrequency technology and the exposure of military personnel stationed in “Eurasian communist countries” to this radiation who reported similar symptoms, saying these “provide circumstantial support for this possible mechanism.”

Both Russia and Cuba have denied any involvement in the likely attacks, according to NBC News.

Back in October, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said “We’ve done a lot of work to try and identify how this all took place,” when asked about the investigation at a press conference. “And we continue to try and determine precisely the causation of this while doing our best to make sure we’re taking care of the health and safety of these people.”

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Electric Vehicle company with Chinese ties awarded $500 million of taxpayer money for 2nd U.S. plant



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With a little help from their Democrat friends, a Chinese electric vehicle (EV) battery company with ties to the Chinese Communist Party just announced the opening of its second plant in the United States.

Fox News reports Gotion Inc., whose parent company Gotion High-Tech is based in Hefei, China, unveiled plans to build a $2 billion lithium battery plant in Manteno, Illinois, alongside Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker, who cheered the project.

The announcement comes amid growing opposition to the company’s plans to build a billion-dollar factory in Mecosta County, Michigan.

In order to make the expansion happen, lobbyists for the Chinese Communist Party-tied electric vehicle company funneled cash to Democrats. “Individuals at a law firm registered as foreign agents to lobby on behalf of Gotion, a Chinese electric vehicle battery company developing a controversial project in Michigan, and wired campaign contributions to several top Democrats” reports Fox News.

“According to state and federal filings, Monique Field-Foster, an attorney at the Lansing office of the Warner Norcross + Judd law firm who is acting as a foreign agent on behalf of Gotion, donated to the campaigns of Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, Whitmer’s sister Liz Gereghty and Michigan Democratic Senate hopeful Rep. Elissa Slotkin” the Fox News report continued.

“In partnership with the business community and the General Assembly, two years ago we set out to make Illinois a destination for electric vehicle and clean energy companies from across the globe,” Pritzker said in a statement.

“With the right incentives, nation-leading infrastructure, world-class workforce and booming clean energy production, we have transformed ourselves into an attractive location for global manufacturers. Today, we take another leap forward. It’s my pleasure to welcome Gotion to Illinois and to show the world yet again that Illinois is ready to be a player on the world stage.”

Pritzker delivered remarks late last week thanking Gotion for choosing Illinois to call “home” in a ceremony with leaders from Gotion High-Tech, including Li Zhen, the company’s chairman and president, who said he expected the factory to open in less than 12 months.

“All that we see here [in Illinois] are of enormous value to us: an enabling business environment, a supportive state government for the new energy industry and their highly efficient work, as well as the prospects of the State of Illinois in the coming years,” the Gotion president added. “We believe that Gotion’s battery technology will help to boost e-mobility in North America and the economic and trade exchanges between China and the U.S.”

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