New U.S. Economic Sanctions on Iran in the Legislative Pipeline

While the mainstream focused on healthcare reform this week, the Trump administration and both chambers of the U.S. Congress were busy moving new regulatory and legislative product on Iran. If you guessed sanctions, you’d be right. By way of follow up to new economic sanctions announced March 21, the Trump administration blacklisted yesterday several foreign entities …

US Sanctions Venezuelan Vice President, Tareck Al Aissami

In a surprise move that barely registered with the Washington, DC press corps, the Trump administration yesterday afternoon announced that it has imposed economic sanctions on various Venezuelan companies and persons, including Venezuela’s Vice President, Tareck Al Aissami. Although Al Aissami was officially designated under the drug kingpin sanctions program, I think there is a lot …

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 …

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. …