“Full Review” of U.S.-Cuba Policy Underway

For US-Cuba policy watchers, a nugget yesterday. The media, lobbyists, and other groups are reading too many of the policy tea leaves on what White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said, or did not say, about Cuba yesterday at the daily press briefing. Here is Spicer’s exact response to the US-Cuba policy question yesterday: “We are …

Nominal Fees on Remittances to Latin America?

Mexico’s central bank claims that Mexico, in 2016, received more income from remittances that it did from oil production. Think about that for a minute. It generates more from Mexican nationals living abroad than it does from one of the world’s most valuable commodities! The figure is close to $30 billion. It is a safe …

Proposed Wyoming Law Would Ban Investments, Certain Business with Iran, Cuba Connections

Residents of the state of Wyoming know a thing or two, more like several billion dollars a years worth of knowledge, when it comes to international trade. On January 17, 2017, several influential members of the Wyoming legislature filed a bill that reinforces American values by “prohibiting the investment of Wyoming state funds Iran or Cuba.” Over …

Using Innocent People As Weapons

“If there is no struggle, there is no progress. Those who profess to favor freedom, and yet depreciate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground. They want rain without thunder and lightning. They want the ocean without the awful roar of its many waters. This struggle may be a moral one; …

The Russians Are Coming, The Russians Are Coming

“When you understand what you see, you will no longer be children,” Whittaker Chambers, Witness. For those of us who are old enough to have come of political age during the Cold War, Russian meddling in U.S. political, economic, and global business is not news. They’ve been at it for more than 50 plus years, …

Iran Ally Sworn in As Venezuelan Vice President

Had enough news or spin on alleged Russia hacking? Well in other news this week, in Venezuela a Hezbollah ally, a supporter of terrorists in the Americas as well as the Middle East, a friend of Communist Cuba, and alleged drug dealer Tareck El Aissami was sworn in as Vice President of Venezuela. Hand-picked by …

The Cuba Travel Sector is Modern Day Serfdom

Under US law, Americans, including American corporations or foreign corporations with a US connection, are prohibited from financing transactions in Cuba involving any confiscated property the claim to which is owned by a United States national. Financing is broadly defined. Again, under the law, the President is allowed to lift that ban if, and only …