Cuban Ladies in White Win Cato Institute’s Milton Friedman Prize

At a May 17 New York City gala dinner, the Cato Institute awarded its $250,000 Milton Friedman Prize for Advancing Liberty to Cuba’s Ladies in White.[1] This award, the political reaction to the award, Cato’s other positions on Cuba and Cato’s background raise interesting issues as discussed below. The Award The Institute’s announcement of this … Continue reading Cuban Ladies in White Win Cato Institute’s Milton Friedman Prize

Another U.S.-Cuba Dispute Over Human Rights

On December 7 U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo sent an  open letter to Cuba’s Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez, and Cuba immediately and angrily denounced the letter without responding to the specific questions advanced by Pompeo. Secretary Pompeo’s Letter[1] The letter asked for a “substantive explanation of the detention of the [following eight] political prisoners” … Continue reading Another U.S.-Cuba Dispute Over Human Rights

U.S. 2021 Report on International Religious Freedom

On June 2, 2022, the U.S. State Department released its 2021 Report on International Religious Freedom. It “describes the status of religious freedom in every country. The report covers government policies violating religious  denominations and individuals, and U.S. policies to promote religious freedom around the world. The U.S. Department of State submits the reports in … Continue reading U.S. 2021 Report on International Religious Freedom

National Security Advisor Bolton Discusses New U.S. Sanctions Against Cuba

On April 17, as discussed in a prior post, the U.S. State Department announced new sanctions against Cuba. The major change was eliminating the waiver of Title III of the Helms-Burton (LIBERTAD) Act allowing U.S. litigation by U.S. owners of Cuban property that was expropriated by the Cuban government in the early years of the … Continue reading National Security Advisor Bolton Discusses New U.S. Sanctions Against Cuba

U.S. Insulting Proclamation of May 20th as Cuba’s Independence Day

On May 20, President Trump and Secretary of State Pompeo stated that May 20 was Cuba’s Independence Day. Cuban officials immediately rejected that assertion. Presidential Message on Cuban Independence Day, 2020[1] “On Cuban Independence Day, we recognize the patriots who fought to liberate Cuba from its colonial oppression and build a society founded on freedom. … Continue reading U.S. Insulting Proclamation of May 20th as Cuba’s Independence Day

More Cuban Arrests of Dissidents

On Human Rights Day (December 10) the U.S. State Department launched an international campaign calling on 10 governments around the world to free 10 political prisoners. Such Political prisoners, the U.S. said, “should be free to believe. They should be free to be loved. They should be free to be home.” One of them is … Continue reading More Cuban Arrests of Dissidents

Cuba Religious Freedom in the Eyes of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom   

On April 25, 2018, the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom released its annual report on the subject for 28 countries in the world. Of these the Commission concluded that Cuba and 11 other countries had engaged in or tolerated religious freedom violations during 2017 that were serious and “systematic,  or ongoing, or egregious.”[1] Commission’s … Continue reading Cuba Religious Freedom in the Eyes of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom   

List of Posts to dwkcommentaries—Topical: CUBA [as of 5/4/20]

                       No.                 Date                           Title         Table of Contents        Cuba & Other Countries Cuba & Minnesota Cuban Bloggers Cuba: State Sponsor of Terrorism? U.S. Embargo of Cuba U.S. & Guantanamo Bay, Cuba U.S. & Cuba Damage Claims Cuban Human Rights U.S. Democracy Promotion in Cuba Cuban … Continue reading List of Posts to dwkcommentaries—Topical: CUBA [as of 5/4/20]

State Department’s Announcement of New Sanctions Against Cuba

On April 17, the U.S. announced new sanctions against Cuba. The major change was eliminating the waiver of Title III of the Helms-Burton (LIBERTAD) Act allowing U.S. litigation by U.S. owners of Cuban property that was expropriated by the Cuban government in the early years of the Cuban Revolution. This Act also allows the U.S. … Continue reading State Department’s Announcement of New Sanctions Against Cuba