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 …

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. …

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 …

Rum Wars

U.S. law says that it should be the policy of the United States to seek a “peaceful transition to democracy and a resumption of economic growth in Cuba through the careful application of sanctions directed at the Castro government and support for the Cuban people.” 22 U.S.C. § 6002(1). Last year, the President reversed this paradigm. U.S. policy toward Cuba is accomplished in …

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 …

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 …