Cuba/Venezuela Wage De Facto War of Attrition on Colombian Democracy

A few weeks ago I wrote about the imminent release of hostages being held by FARC terrorists in the jungles of Colombia.  We now know for certain Venezuela’s leader Hugo Chavez sole purpose had nothing to with playing “peacemaker,” but rather seek to legitimize a terrorist group. During his State of the Union speech before the Venezuelan …

Proposed ACLU Repeal of Florida Anti-Terrorism Law Misguided

In a post-09.11.01 world Floridians, as expressed through their elected officials, felt restricting the use of taxpayer monies for academic travel to a terrorist country was warranted.  ACLU lawyers and a state entity that oversees public universities in Florida say that Florida voters, and the people they elected to represent them, are wrong and have asked an unelected federal …

Sudan Divestiture Act Becomes Law

Yesterday from his ranch in Crawford, Texas, President Bush signed into law the Sudan Accountability and Divestment Act of 2007.  Among other things the law authorizes state and local governments to divest assets in companies that conduct business operations in Sudan and prohibits U.S. government contracts with such companies.  In a prepared statement the President said: …

Chavez, the FARC and Cuba: Fodder for Oliver Stone’s Next Movie, Recklessness

What was supposed to have been a public relations coup for Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez may turn out to be another political disaster just like the recent Venezuelan constitutional referendum.   Just two days ago all was said and done.  Chavez was flanked by Argentina’s former President Nestor Kirchner and later Hollywood producer Oliver Stone proclaiming that …

ExportLawBlog Post Triggers Santa Claus Hiring DC Lawyers, Bah Humbug

A colleague sent me a link to a somewhat humorous post at the ExportLawBlog about Santa Claus possibly being denied entry into the U.S. because he will have visited Cuba and delivered toys.  Before reading my comments, be sure to read “How OFAC Stole Christmas” first. My sources in North Pole advise that Saint Nick hired some top-notch attorneys …

U.S. GAO Cuba Sanctions Study Based on Outdated Thinking, Selective Review of Law, Policies

Late last month the General Accounting Office (GAO) published a report requested by Ways and Means Chairman Charlie Rangel (D-New York), “Economic Sanctions: Agencies Face Competing Priorities in Enforcing the U.S. Embargo on Cuba.” Statements such as the “48-year U.S. embargo” or “For nearly five decades the U.S. has maintained” U.S. sanctions on Cuba figure prominently in …