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.
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 [...]
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 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'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 [...]
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 [...]