Russians Nabbed by DOJ in an Export Controls Violations Ring

A Brooklyn resident, a naturalized U.S. citizen, and two Russian nationals were arrested in last week for alleged violations of U.S. export control laws. If they are found guilty, they face as much as 25 years in prison and millions of dollars in fines. The Justice Department announced last week that Alexey Barysheff of Brooklyn and two Russian …

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 …

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 …