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Posted in Cuba Politics > US Embargo

Rob Sequin | Havana Journal I read many Cuba related news articles and blog posts every day and have done so since I was bit by the Cuba bug in 1998. I also have friends and sources in Cuba, Canada, Washington DC and Miami that give me information, comments and, of course, predictions about US Cuba policy,… Read More

Day counts since Fidel Castro’s last article, public appearance and private meeting

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

Updated on January 27, 2014. We will update this page whenever we know Fidel has been seen alive. We will also post to Twitter, Facebook and Linked In. Last meeting with world leader or celebrity was on March 27 with Nguyen Tan Dung, Prime Minister of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam.. Day count = 0… Read More

29 ships removed from OFAC’s Cuba Specially Designated Nationals List

Posted in Cuba Politics > US Embargo

The following deletions have been made to OFAC’s SDN List: 1. ACECHILLY (Acechilly Navigation Co., Malta) (vessel). 2. ACEFROSTY (Acefrosty Shipping Co., Malta) (vessel). 3. ALAMINOS (f.k.a. RUBY ISLANDS) (P32C3) General Cargo 15,088DWT 8,909GRT Cyprus flag (Alaminos Shipping Co. Ltd.) (vessel).… Read More

American Express to pay $5.2million for six years of OFAC Cuba sanctions violations

Posted in Cuba Politics > US Embargo

US Treasury Civil Penalties Release American Express Travel Related Services Company, Inc. (“TRS”), New York, NY, has agreed to pay $5,226,120 to settle potential civil liability for apparent violations of the Cuban Assets Control Regulations, 31 C.F.R. part 515 (the “CACR”). From on or about… Read More

US fugitive Joanne Chesimard aka Assata Shakur now has $2,000,000 price tag on her head

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

Joanne Chesimard, Fugitive Living in Cuba, Named to FBI ‘Most Wanted Terrorists’ List By Steven Nelson US News and World Report Informers stand to gain $2M in the unlikely event Chesimard, convicted of murdering a cop 40 years ago, is caught Forty years ago today, Joanne Chesimard allegedly… Read More

US Cuba PAC pro-Embargo donors list and House and Senate recipient list

Posted in Cuba Politics > US Embargo

Rob Sequin | Havana Journal I am an anti-Embargo Republican from Massachusetts. The Embargo is anti-American since it limits OUR freedom of trade and travel. It is a 50+ year old failed “Plan A” to get rid of the Castro brothers and will not work next year or the year after that. Mauricio… Read More

Eagle Global Logistics, now part of CEVA Logistics pays $140k OFAC Cuba fine

Posted in Cuba Politics > US Embargo

EGL, Inc. Settles Potential Civil Liability for Alleged Violations of the Cuban Assets Control Regulations and the Iranian Transactions and Sanctions Regulations EGL, Inc. now part of the CEVA Logistics group of companies, EGL Houston, TX, has agreed to pay $139,650 to settle potential civil liability… Read More

Conference on Removing Cuba from the Terrorist list at National Press Club

Posted in Cuba Politics > US Embargo

This is a timely topic. A distinguished congressional delegation led by Senator Patrick Leahy has just returned from Cuba, and a number of its members have recommended that Cuba be removed from the U.S. State Department’s list of State Sponsors of Terrorism. Concurrently, the Boston Globe reported… Read More

Comments on Jaime Suchlicki’s outdated pro-Embargo rhetoric

Posted in Cuba Politics > US Embargo

Rob Sequin | Havana Journal Recently, the well known pro-Embargo Cuban-American Jaime Suchlicki posted his reasons against lifting the US Embargo on Cuba. I felt the need to comment on his statements. My comments are in bold below. TRADE WITH CUBA All trade with Cuba is done with state owned businesses.… Read More

The New Number Two Man in Cuba - Vice President Miguel Diaz Canel

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

Rob Sequin | Havana Journal Today, most citizens in Cuba, Cuban Americans and Cuba watchers around the world are shocked and/or thrilled to learn that not only has President Raul Castro announced his future retirement but that he has selected a 52 year old, non-Castro to be his First Vice President.… Read More

Cuba Study Group calls for end of US Embargo and freer trade and travel to Cuba

Posted in Cuba Politics > US Embargo

Today the Cuba Study Group released a whitepaper titled: “Restoring Executive Authority Over U.S. Policy Toward Cuba,” calling on the U.S. Government to de-codify the Cuban embargo via the repeal of Helms-Burton and related statutory provisions that deny the United States the flexibility to respond… Read More

Yoani Sanchez to travel to more than ten countries outside Cuba

Posted in Cuba Politics > Yoani Sanchez

Marc Frank | Reuters Cuba’s best-known dissident, blogger Yoani Sanchez, says she plans to make good use of “my victory” when she leaves on an 80-day-tour of more than a dozen countries on Sunday. Sanchez, under Cuba’s sweeping migration reform that went into effect this year,… Read More

USAID still wasting US taxpayers money to “promote” democracy in Cuba

Posted in Cuba Politics > US Embargo

CUBA DEMOCRACY ASSISTANCE USAID’s Program Is Improved, but State Could Better Monitor Its Implementing Partners Report to the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations by US Government Accountability Office, GAO-13-285. Why GAO Did This Study Since 1996, Congress has appropriated $205 million to USAID… Read More

Petition to remove Cuba from US State Sponsors of Terrorism list

Posted in Cuba Politics > US Embargo

The Havana Journal supports the efforts of the Latin America Working Group to get Cuba removed from the US State Sponsors of Terrorism list. Whether you are pro-Embargo or anti-Embargo, you can probably agree that having Cuba on this list, makes the list less meaningful. On March 1st, 1982, Cuba was… Read More

Yoani Sanchez and Guillermo Farinas get permission to leave and return to Cuba

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

Associated Press For years, Cuban dissidents say, authorities’ message to them has been the same: Sure, you can leave the country. Just don’t expect us to let you come back. Now, two prominent and outspoken government opponents - Yoani Sanchez and Guillermo Farinas - say they’ve been… Read More

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