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A member of the national guard fires his shotgun at opposition demonstrators during clashes in Caracas on July 28, 2017. (Carlos Becerra/AFP/Getty Images)

The Perils of a Putsch in Venezuela

Encouraging a coup in Caracas will give Russia and China a foothold in the United States’ backyard.

Raul Castro talks with First Vice President Miguel Diaz Canel, during the homage for the 50th anniversary of Ernesto "Che" Guevara's death, in Santa Clara, Cuba, on Oct. 8, 2017. (YAMIL LAGE/AFP/Getty Images)

Cuban Communism Is at Its Reform-or-Die Moment

The country’s first non-Castro president in over 50 years has only one path to legitimacy.

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, left, and Cuban President Raul Castro in Havana, Cuba, on Dec. 14, 2017. (Yamil Lage/AFP/Getty Images)

Cuba Is Making the Crisis in Venezuela Worse

Putting pressure on Caracas means holding Havana accountable.

On this week's episode of The E.R. Podcast, the panel discusses the "sonic attacks" on the U.S. embassy in Cuba.

From Moscow to Havana: Secret Weapons and Diplomats

The “sonic attacks” in Cuba aren’t the first suspected instance of invisible attacks on U.S. diplomats.

The Cuban flag flies by the country's Washington, D.C. embassy in July 2015. / Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images

U.S. Boots 15 Cuban Diplomats out of Washington

But the State Department says it’s not blaming Havana for “attacks” on U.S. diplomats’ health.

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U.S. Pulls Some Staff Out of Cuba After Bizarre Health Episodes

U.S. officials are at a loss as to what’s causing diplomats to go deaf in Cuba.

TOPSHOT - An old American car passes by the US Embassy in Havana on December 17, 2015. The United States announced Thursday the resumption of regular flights to and from Cuba, the latest step in a historic thaw in relations. "On December 16, the United States and Cuba reached a bilateral arrangement to establish scheduled air services between the two countries," the State Department said in a statement. / AFP / YAMIL LAGE        (Photo credit should read YAMIL LAGE/AFP/Getty Images)

If Cuba Can’t Keep U.S. Diplomats Safe, What’s the Point of Normalizing Relations?

The Trump administration should immediately reduce the U.S. embassy in Havana to skeleton staff and order the same for the Cuban embassy in Washington.

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The Secret History of Diplomats and Invisible Weapons

The alleged use of a “sound weapon” against U.S. Embassy officials in Cuba harks back to a Cold War medical mystery.

TOPSHOT - View of a Cuban flag at half-mast in front of the US Embassy in Havana, on November 26, 2016, the morning after Cuba's historic revolutionary leader Fidel Castro died aged 90.
One of the world's longest-serving rulers and modern history's most singular characters, Castro defied 11 US administrations and hundreds of assassination attempts. / AFP / YAMIL LAGE        (Photo credit should read YAMIL LAGE/AFP/Getty Images)

Targeting American Diplomats, Cuba Is Up to its Dirty Old Tricks

It's hard to believe the level of harassment U.S. officials face in Havana.

TOPSHOT - Cuban Americans in Miami's Little Havana celebrate the death of longtime Cuban leader Fidel Castro on November 26, 2016. 
Cuba's socialist icon and father of his country's revolution Fidel Castro died on November 25 aged 90, after defying the US during a half-century of ironclad rule and surviving the eclipse of global communism. / AFP / RHONA WISE        (Photo credit should read RHONA WISE/AFP/Getty Images)

It’s More Than Cigars and Rum: Why Cuba Matters

The Trump administration’s rollback of Obama’s opening to Cuba is a step in the wrong direction.

HAVANA, CUBA - AUGUST 14:  Cubans look out their window across the street from the newly reopened U.S. Embassy in hopes of watching the flag-raising ceremony August 14, 2015 in Havana, Cuba. The first American secretary of state to visit Cuba since 1945, Secretary of State John Kerry visited the reopened embassy, a symbolic act after the the two former Cold War enemies reestablished diplomatic relations in July.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Trump Has Set U.S.-Cuba Relations Back Decades

This isn’t a strong statement on human rights. It’s a political sop to voters in Miami.

MIAMI, FL - SEPTEMBER 07:  A pilot waves as he prepares to push back from the gate in American Airlines Flight 903, becoming the first commercial flight from Miami to Cuba in 55-years on September 7, 2016 in Miami, Florida.  The flights that left today went to Cienfuegos and Holgun and American Airlines said they will be adding scheduled service from Miami to Camaguey, Cuba and Santa Clara, Cuba on Sept. 9 and from Miami to Varadero, Cuba on Sept. 11 with the airline hoping to begin service to Havana later this year.  (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Trump Snubs State, Will Partially Reverse Obama’s Cuba Policy

The president’s Miami announcement is a window into a chaotic foreign-policy process that sidelines the secretary of state.

Cuban President Raul Castro (C), speaks next to first vice president Miguel Diaz-Canel during a special session of the Cuban Parliament, on June 1, 2017, to discuss about economic policies. / AFP PHOTO / STR        (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)

Fine Tuning the Cuba Embargo

Providing sanctions relief to empower the Cuban people does not mean we should give up our ability to pressure the Castro regime.

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