High pitched noises that were once suspected to be “sonic attacks” used against officials at the U.S. embassy in Cuba turned out to be especially sharp sounding grasshoppers, a new report suggests.. University of California’s Montealegre-Zapata and Alexander Stubbs released the study last week after the mystery has baffled U.S. officials and media for two years. “There’s plenty of debate in the medical community over what, if any, physical damage there is to these individuals,” Stubbs to the New York Times. “All I can say fairly definitively is that the A.P.-released recording is of a cricket, and we think we know what species it is.” In 2017, the U.S. was forced to remove a number of staffers from the embassy in Cuba — a country the U.S. has had a continuously rocky relationship with — after they began experiencing migraines and nausea due to the high pitch noises. Despite this new evidence pointing to crickets as … [Read more...] about Sonic Attacks at U.S. Embassy in Cuba? Scientists Say That Was Just Courting Crickets
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Retired U.S. Marine Paul Whelan faces up to 20 years in prison after his Dec. 28 arrest in Moscow on spying charges. It happened just over a week after Russian President Vladimir Putin indicated he would not resort to retaliation, given the U.S. arrest of accused Russian agent Maria Butina. Whelan, accused of being caught while “carrying out an act of espionage,” is currently in custody of Russian authorities. Whelan’s brother David Whelan released a statement on behalf of the family, saying that Paul, who served multiple tours in Iraq, was in Moscow to attend a wedding. “We noticed that he was not in communication on the 28th, which was very much out of character for him even when he was traveling,” the family said. “We learned of his arrest on Monday morning after his detention was picked up on newswires and have contacted Congressional representatives, the U.S. Embassy, and the State Department.” “We are deeply concerned for … [Read more...] about Brother Reveals Why Retired U.S. Marine Arrested on Spying Charges Was in Moscow
By Lauren Hernández Updated 10:28 pm PST, Friday, December 28, 2018 A 2-year-old boy whose Yemeni mother needed special permission from the Trump Administration to enter the United States to see him at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital, Oakland, has died. Abdullah Hassan's mother, Shaima Swileh, had been barred from seeing her son due to Trump's travel ban. less A 2-year-old boy whose Yemeni mother needed special permission from the Trump Administration to enter the United States to see him at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital, Oakland, has died. Abdullah Hassan's ... more Photo: Council On American Islamic Rela Photo: Council On American Islamic Rela Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 A 2-year-old boy whose Yemeni mother needed special permission from the Trump … [Read more...] about 2-year-old boy dies in Oakland hospital after Yemeni mom won fight to enter U.S. to see him
Maria Mendoza-Sanchez, a cancer care nurse at Oaklandâ€™s Highland Hospital, washes dishes before leaving for her graveyard shift in Oakland, Calif., on Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2017. Sanchez and her husband are facing imminent deportation to Mexico on Tuesday, August 15, despite 23 years of building a highly productive life and family in the U.S. (Anda Chu/Bay Area News Group) Maria Mendoza-Sanchez, right, and husband Eusebio Sanchez, left, pose for a photograph at home in Oakland, Calif., on Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2017. Maria, a cancer/cardiac care nurse at Oakland’s Highland Hospital, and her husband are facing imminent deportation to Mexico despite 23 years of building a highly productive life and family in the U.S. (Anda Chu/Bay Area News Group) Melin Sanchez, 21, holds a ladder steady for her father Eusebio Sanchez as he paints their home in Oakland, Calif., on Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2017. Eusebio is taking care of everything around their home that needs to be done … [Read more...] about Deported Oakland nurse wins H-1B visa lottery, will return to U.S.
The U.S. Department of State is currently recruiting U.S.-based contractors to help train Saudi Arabian prison guards and officials, according to publicly-accessible federal procurement documents. A September 28 posting on the Federal Business Opportunities (FBO) website advertises a request for proposals concerning a “SAUDI ARABIA WOMEN’S CORRECTIONS ACADEMY TRAINING PROJECT.” The opportunity is classified as “Buy # 954140” and an information package included on the Fedbid.com marketplace posting accompanying the original post highlights the kind of work American contractors should expect to perform for their Saudi Arabian clients in both general and specific terms. The “SCOPE OF WORK” section notes that the U.S. government is currently seeking “a qualified contractor to provide training and mentoring to the [Kingdom of Saudi Arabia] to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to develop a women corrections academy training that … [Read more...] about Trump Admin Wants U.S. to Train Guards at Saudi Arabian Women’s Prisons