Yesterday at the Organization of American States (OAS), I met up with colleagues and friends from Nicaragua and the Nicaragua Diaspora from throughout the United States in Washington, D.C. They were in town to raise awareness about the ongoing crisis in Nicaragua with U.S. policymakers. I was not expecting to make remarks but addressed the [...]
This is old news, but worth a few keystrokes of my day to bring it to you. This week Canadian officials announced targeted sanctions on Belarus over human rights abuses. It's easy for Canada to impose economic sanctions on Belarus. Canada runs a trade deficit with Belarus, and not a huge market for Canadian goods. [...]
The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) published a study earlier this month purportedly documenting another case of Havana Syndrome, a Canadian tourist. A 69-year-old woman was returning from a vacation in the island gulag had to be treated at a hospital upon arrival in Canada. Her symptoms included neurological impairments similar to those suffered [...]
When the Obama administration re-established diplomatic relations with communist Cuba in 2016, a few of his closest advisors worked hard to create clever workarounds U.S. laws that are supposed to restrict, not make it easier, to do business with human rights abusers and Cuba's nascent but expanding oligarch class. Cuba's premature removal from the state [...]
Besides exposing this malign activity, the United States should pressure all nations who sign contracts for Cuban medical workers to cancel the contracts and not sign new contracts.
As part of its reorientation of policy in the Western Hemisphere, the Trump Administration needs to close every loophole in U.S. law used by Cuba to undermine, supported by Russia and China, U.S. national and security interests. While the number one priority must be to find out what happened to Americans working at the U.S. [...]