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OFAC releases updated SDN list removing some Cuba entities

Posted in Cuba Politics > US Embargo

Rob Sequin | Havana Journal Way down on page 13 of 14 on the OFFICE OF FOREIGN ASSETS CONTROL changes to the Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons List dated March 24, 2015, you will see the list (below) of companies, vessels and individuals removed from the “SDN” list of entities… Read More

Another bill to end US Embargo - Freedom to Export to Cuba Act

Posted in Cuba Politics > US Embargo

Agriculture Ranking Member Senator Debbie Stabenow Announces Bipartisan Legislation Lifting Cuban Trade Embargo WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today announced her sponsorship of bipartisan legislation… Read More

Newly eased Cuba trade and travel restrctions released by OFAC

Posted in Cuba Politics > US Embargo

Courtesy of Marc Frank - Reuters TREASURY AND COMMERCE ANNOUNCEMENT OF REGULATORY AMENDMENTS TO THE CUBA SANCTIONS Amendments Implement Changes Announced by the President on December 17 Related to the Easing of Cuba Sanctions WASHINGTON - On December 17, 2014 the President announced a set of diplomatic… Read More

New US Cuba trade and travel regulations to be published soon

Posted in Cuba Politics > US Embargo

Excerpted from the New York Times Before any changes of US Cuba trade and travel policies can be changed, the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) needs to publish newly updated regulations. The new regulations are expected to be published some time in January. Currently, General licenses, which require… Read More

Red Bull pays $90,000 for OFAC Cuba travel sanction violations

Posted in Cuba Politics > US Embargo

Red Bull North America, Inc. Settles Potential Civil Liability for Alleged Violations of the Cuban Assets Control Regulations, 31 C.F.R. Part 515: Red Bull North America, Inc. (“RBNA”) has agreed to pay $89,775 to settle potential civil liability for seven alleged violations of the Cuban Assets Control… Read More

Open Letter to president Obama: ease Cuba trade and travel embargo

Posted in Cuba Politics > US Embargo

(official title: Support Civil Society in Cuba) Dear Mr. President, Your administration has taken several important steps to support the Cuban people by opening travel for Cuban-American families, expanding remittances, and enabling purposeful travel for more Americans. Those policies have fostered direct… Read More

Progresso Weekly publishes article denouncing Yoani Sanchez by translator

Posted in Cuba Politics > Yoani Sanchez

By Progreso Weekly Yoani Sánchez’s Italian-language translator for the past six years, Gordiano Lupi, on Friday (May 9) published an article blasting the Cuban blogger for being arrogant, mercenary, and greedy. Its title: “Yoani Sánchez: Her new journal is my freedom.” Lupi, 54, is a respected… Read More

Cuba travel website Decolar.com pays $2.8million for OFAC violations

Posted in Cuba Politics > US Embargo

OFAC Civil Penalties Release Decolar.com,  Inc. Settles Potential Civil Liability for Apparent Violations of the Cuban Assets Control Regulations:  Decolar.com, Inc. (previously known as Despegar.com, Inc.), together with its subsidiaries and affiliates (collectively “Decolar”), a Delaware… Read More

Cuba: U.S. Policy and Issues for the 113th Congress

Posted in Cuba Politics > US Embargo

Mark P. Sullivan - Specialist in Latin American Affairs January 29, 2014 Congressional Research Service Cuba remains a one-party communist state with a poor record on human rights. The country’s political succession in 2006 from the long-ruling Fidel Castro to his brother Raúl was characterized by… Read More

Me and Fidel By Robert Ellis Smith

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

Me and Fidel By Robert Ellis Smith In the beginning of my long career in journalism, I often found myself meeting major newsmakers simply by default. Most seasoned reporters were not interested in the off-hours assignments, and as the junior member of the staff I was eager to take them.  As a reporter,… Read More

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