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 …

Justice Does Not Have a Sell-By Date

When the Communists overran Cuba in 1959, one of the first things they did was murder people who, they believed, stood in their way. They also crushed Catholic Church and all religions as well as, of course, the traditional family unit. Following the Communist playbook, and that of other tyrannical regimes throughout millennia, in addition to imprisonment, …

Reparations for Cuba: That Dog Does Not Hunt

U.S. and Cuba officials meet this week in Havana to, allegedly, create a framework or roadmap for future talks. In other words, it is a meeting about nothing. As it has done for decades, Cuba wants to discuss billions of dollars in reparations that is says U.S. taxpayers owe Cuba because of the alleged damages caused by U.S. …

US Companies: Beware of Cuba’s “Gusanos” Discriminatory Policies

Officials with the cash-strapped, Stalinist police state Cuba, were forced to change a long-standing of prohibiting Cuban-born foreign nationals from arriving at Cuba by sea. Why now? Because the Cuban regime needs the money. If someone tells you differently, that person either does not know what they are talking about or support closer relations with the …

Obama’s Cuba Trip, Nothing More Than Political Voyeurism

It should have played out much differently. War criminals should be tried for crimes against humanity, not feted by the most powerful, and exceptional, nation on earth. President Barack Obama is engaging in political voyeurism. Yet unlike other American tourists that visit the Cuban Communist gulag, his visit has consequences that will ripple throughout Cuban …

Radio Martí Interview on Cuba Foreign Trade Minister’s Visit to Washington DC

Cuba’s Foreign Trade and Investment Minister Rodrigo Malmierca was in Washington, DC this week for meetings with Obama administration officials as well as supporters in Congress. He also spent time with lobbyists and other special interests on K Street such as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. As I wrote a few days ago, Malmierca is part of …

No End in Sight to the Lawless US-Cuba Regulatory Bender

Another layer of the U.S.-Cuba policy onion has been peeled away exposing more questions about the legality of the Obama administration’s new approach toward the police state. In a recently declassified September 9, 2011 e-mail (embedded at the end of this post) to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to Sidney Blumenthal, we learn the following: extremely sensitive …

Cuban Regime Officials Engage in Criminal Conspiracy That Endangers Americans, Uses US Immigration Laws to Make it So

When someone breaks the law, they should be punished. And when a foreign government encourages people to do it, that government should be held to account as well.  For decades Cuban regime officials have encouraged Cubans to leave the island for the United States, adjust their status under very generous U.S. immigration laws, and grow …

Congress Knew About Hellfire Missile in Cuba, A Year Ago

For background on this matter, read yesterday’s post. Yesterday I was contacted by several Congressional sources who told me that the Obama administration read in several Members and staff, House and Senate, on the incident. No surprise there. With something as serious as losing a missile to a state sponsor of terrorism, the administration is obligated …

Inert US Hellfire Missile Ends Up in Cuba

How did an inert U.S. Hellfire missile, loaded with high-end technology, travel from Europe to, get this, Cuba? According to an unnamed U.S. government official quoted in the Wall Street Journal, mistakes happen. That is unacceptable. That type of thinking is what led to the terrorist attacks of 09/11. The Wall Street Journal reports: an inert U.S. Hellfire …

Even the Clinton Administration Made an “Effort” to enforce U.S. Law, Cuba Sanctions 

In a recently declassified State Department document secured via the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), a State Department Congressional briefer offers a small glimpse at early Clinton administration efforts to implement and enforce the Cuban Liberty and Democratic Solidarity Act (LIBERTAD or Helms-Burton). Keep in mind that President Bill Clinton signed Helms-Burton in March 1996. This private …

Rogue Regimes Need Containment Not Engagement

During the past few months I’ve given a few talks about the Obama Administration’s policy of engagement with Cuba, the Iran deal of the Western Hemisphere. It lacks vision. It is based on a lie. It is the complete opposite of President Reagan’s peace through strength and, at times, it’s in complete disharmony with the law.  For …

Cuba Regime and Obama Administration Play Politics With People to People Travel

One of the many dirty little secrets about traveling to Cuba is that a large chunk of the fees paid to travel charter companies are set aside for the regime. For example, the Cuban regime imposes a very high tax, assessed on the plane ticket at a rate of about $150 per ticket, for just landing …

Huawei: A New Cog in the Cuban Surveillance State?

The company that former CIA Director Michael Hayden says helps Communist China spy on its people, is headed to Havana. The Latin American Herald Tribune China’s Huawei will partner with the Cuban government to sell smartphones in Cuba. If that is the case, Huawei, if it has not done so prior to this report, will become a part of the …

Cuba Regime Must Be Giddy

The Obama Administration continues to flaunt U.S. law on several fronts. Meanwhile Members of Congress in both the House and the Senate, refuse to do anything to stop him and his advisors. Healthcare, the Iran nuclear deal, the environment, and much more. A recently leaked DHS memorandum, if authenticated, shows that administration lawyers were seeking …

Senator Grassley to Obama: Castro Thumbing Nose at US

The Cuban troops in Syria story is picking up even more political steam. As the week came to a close, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman, Senator Chuck Grassely (R-Iowa) published a letter that he sent President Obama on the matter: “Russia’s actions in Syria appear to be in direct contradiction to your statement of more than four years ago …