The Humanitarian Drop “Exception” to the U.S. Embargo on Cuba

According to the Tampa Bay Times, a Florida man faces up to $100,000 in fines for alleged violations of the U.S. embargo on Cuba. It is a reminder to business travelers to the island to be mindful that despite the political rhetoric, a comprehensive embargo remains in place and that there remains, as I shared with …

ABA Ad Hoc Coalition Submits Comments to USG on Proposed Revisions of US Export Control Regulations

The Ad Hoc Coalition for Effective Export Control Reform (“CEECR”) submitted, on August 3, the embedded document to the U.S. Department of Commerce,Bureau of Industry and Security (“BIS”) and the U.S. Department of State, Directorate of Defense Controls (“DDTC”) in response to proposed revisions to certain definitions in the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) and the International Traffic in Arms …

Cuba’s Next Pipe Dream: Oil Drilling Off Florida’s Coast

At a briefing at the White House yesterday with close to 80 Cuban-American Democrat Party donors and activists, senior administration officials supposedly briefed the group about the week in US-Cuba policy as well as what may lay ahead. Among the briefers were Valerie Jarrett, National Security Council staff, as well as State Department officials. From what I can …

Voluntary Corporate Code of Conduct for Cuba Needed

One European company promises American and non-American travelers to Cuba the “ability to indulge in high end hotel and spa accommodations.” Last week, a fifth or sixth company was granted a U.S. Treasury Department license to provide ferry service to Cuba. Meanwhile, Caterpillar’s Washington, DC Director, Mr. Bill Lane, told the Cuba Standard newsletter that U.S. companies should go to …

Cuba is a Terror State, Notwithstanding Presidential Decrees, and Congressional Acquiescence, to the Contrary

The Miami Herald reports this morning that Cuba’s removal from the state sponsors of terror list may prove more symbolic than business friendly. Some of the experts cited in the story have a somewhat myopic way of viewing the impact of delisting and, at a certain level, are completing distorting or misunderstanding current U.S. law and …

Whitewashing and Policy Laundering Cuban Terrorism, Part II

UPDATE: Late yesterday evening, 9 Apr, The Hill newspaper reported, State Department Wants Cuba Removed From Terrorist List. Despite evidence to the contrary, the Obama Administration appears to be moving forward with removing Cuba’s designation as a state sponsor of terrorism. According to various senior government sources in town, the announcement is expected today or early …

Venezuelan Regime Keeps Going for Broke, And Will Lose

Venezuela’s socialist dictator Nicolas Maduro took out a full page ad in the New York Times to denounce targeted U.S. economic sanctions against seven of his henchmen that have engaged in human rights abuses against political opposition leaders. You can read a little more about the sanctions in a prior post on this site: Targeted …