Totalitarian Regime Leaders, Not U.S. Sanctions, Keep Humanitarian Trade from The People in Iran and Cuba

One of many shibboleths tossed about by opponents of U.S. sanctions policy is that it hurts the people, not the intended targets. That is one of the reasons why there have been changes in U.S. law to address this alleged argument. The real reason for changes to sanctions laws in this space: money for certain [...]

Cuba Owes Billions to American Citizens. Litigation Avoidable.

After the 1959 Cuban communist revolution, the government of Cuba confiscated properties from American citizens and others including its own people. To date, this remains the largest[1] confiscation of American property by any foreign government in history.  The unlawful land grabs were done under the color of law. At times, done by bearded thugs using [...]

Brazil to Abolish Cuban Medical Slavery

Brazil's President-elect Jair Bolsonaro appears to have accomplished what no other leader in Latin America or the Caribbean has ever done in recent memory: forced Cuba to retreat. Bolsonaro said he would abolish Cuban medical slavery and offered political asylum to Cuban doctors in Brazil. Cuban health workers who opt to stay must pass a national [...]

To Solve The Venezuela Crisis, Target Havana-Managua-Caracas

Venezuela has been in a political and economic slow boil for nearly 15 or so years and, lately, it has become a regional and, arguably, a hemispheric crisis. Many Latin America policy experts want to directly intervene in Venezuela; some policymakers have suggested U.S. military engagement. In the long run but with one exception, the United [...]

Miami Herald: Miami billboards accuse cruise ships that sail to Cuba of dealing in confiscated property

From the Miami Herald: “Title IV needs to be used more robustly,” said attorney Jason Poblete. “Everything with Helms-Burton is a question of political will. There has to be the political will to follow through on this.”He said there are at least nine sections of Helms-Burton that have been poorly implemented through the years and [...]