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 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 …

Cuba Needs to Pay In Order to Play

Opponents of U.S. economic sanctions, especially many in Congress as well as K Street special interests, argue that U.S. sanctions have not worked and, as such, it is time to try something different. Academics, politicos, and lobbyists have built careers trying to undermine sanctions as a viable foreign policy tool and Cuba remains their poster child. Of course, …

Someone Needs to Remind Cuba That Access to the U.S. Market Is a Privilege, Not a Right

A federal judge in Miami has locked up a merry band of Cubans who were abusing U.S. and Florida laws to create sham marriages to secure entry to the U.S. This case is just one of many concrete examples why the Cuban Adjustment Act needs to be reformed, or replaced, with a better law that …

Judicial Watch Takes a Close Look at Starwood/Cuba Deal

Generally speaking, companies exist to make a profit. The more, the better. If you are delivering a good product or service, the market rewards you with, well, money. Profits are used to support or grow the business, pay employees and vendors, fund pensions, and otherwise stimulate other forms of economic activities that help improve the economy. …

Communist Cuba’s Raping of the Land and People Continues

Communist Cuba is in a bind, a really expensive one. And because the overseers have failed to implement political reforms, or reforms of any kind, foreign investors need to carefully weigh the risks. Cuba needs oil, a lot of it. That is why it helped take over Venezuela in the late 1990s- cheap and free oil. …

Uncle Sam’s Cuba Democracy (Internet) Promotion Program, Classify It or End It

Next month in Miami, the U.S. government will host a Cuba Internet Freedom Conference. It is being billed as a two-day event aiming to bring “together digital innovators and independent journalists from Cuba with other individuals focused on improving digital rights and fostering uncensored access for the island.” Sounds innocent enough, promising even. But is it worth …