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, …

Your Man in Havana

The attached law note, Your Man in Havana, was published in 54th edition of the London-based World Export Controls Review Journal. If you’re in the export controls or economic sanctions compliance or law orbit, you should consider a WorldECR subscription. Be sure to visit their website. I completed this law note a week before President …

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 …

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. …

Lawlessness on U.S.-Cuba Policy, the New Normal

Cuba is far from being an emerging economy; because of political and economic immaturity, they are more akin to an underdeveloped nation. No matter how hard the Obama administration tries to subvert U.S. law through the regulatory process, and make no mistake about it, they have been doing so, Cuba remains a frontier market that also …

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 …

European Banks Remain Under US Scrutiny for Sanctions Violations

According to various reliable news sources, Crédit Agricole – also known as France’s “Green Bank” because of its strong business links to agriculture – may be paying as much as $800 million for alleged violations of U.S. economic sanctions on Iran and Sudan. That other news embedded in the story, however, serves as a reminder …