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 …

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, …

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 …