U.N. General Assembly Again Condemns U.S. Embargo of Cuba

On November 6 and 7, 2019, the U.N. General Assembly debated and adopted Cuba’s annual resolution condemning the U.S. embargo (blockade) of Cuba, 187 to 3 (U.S., Brazil, Israel) with two abstentions (Columbia and Ukraine).[1] Secretary-General’s Report [2] Prior to the debate, the U.N. Secretary-General submitted a 167-page Report containing replies from 158 Governments, 33  … Continue reading U.N. General Assembly Again Condemns U.S. Embargo of Cuba

Cuba and U.S. Councils of Churches Call for End of U.S. Embargo 

On March 28, the Cuba Council of Churches and the U.S. Council of Churches issued a joint statement calling for the “immediate lifting” of the U.S. embargo of the island.[1] The Joint Statement “In the middle of the city street, and on either side of the river, was the tree of life, which produces twelve … Continue reading Cuba and U.S. Councils of Churches Call for End of U.S. Embargo 

New Bill To End U.S. Embargo of Cuba

On February 7, U.S.Senator Amy Klobuchar (Dem.,MN) introduced a bill in the Senate to end the U.S. embargo (blockade) of Cuba: S.428: A bill to lift the trade embargo on Cuba. The bill has two initial cosponsors: Patrick Leahy (Dem., VT) and Michael Enzi (Rep., WY) and was referred to the Senate Committee on Banking, … Continue reading New Bill To End U.S. Embargo of Cuba

Senator Leahy’s Senate Floor Speech To End Embargo of Cuba

As mentioned in a prior post, on February 7, Senator Amy Klobuchar (Dem., MN) introduced the Freedom To Export to Cuba Act (S.428) with cosponsors Patrick Leahy (Dem., VT) and Michael Enzi (Rep., WY)./ On February 15, Senator Leahy delivered a lengthy and persuasive speech on the Senate floor supporting this bill and ending the embargo. … Continue reading Senator Leahy’s Senate Floor Speech To End Embargo of Cuba

Yet Another U.N. General Assembly Resolution Condemns U.S. Embargo (Blockade) of Cuba 

On November 1, 2018, the United Nations General Assembly again overwhelmingly adopted a resolution condemning the U.S. embargo (blockade) of Cuba. The vote this year was 189 to 2 (the two negative votes were registered by the U.S. and Israel while Moldova and Ukraine did not vote).[1] Also on November 1, the General Assembly overwhelmingly … Continue reading Yet Another U.N. General Assembly Resolution Condemns U.S. Embargo (Blockade) of Cuba 

Congressional Bipartisan Bills for Reversal of U.S. Policies Regarding Cuba 

This year two bipartisan congressional bills have been filed to reverse two U.S. policies regarding Cuba. The most recent one would improve U.S. travel to the island while the other would abolish the U.S. embargo of Cuba. Improve U.S. Travel to Cuba[1]  On July 23, 2019, H.R. 3960 (Freedom for Americans To Travel to Cuba) … Continue reading Congressional Bipartisan Bills for Reversal of U.S. Policies Regarding Cuba 

Cuba’s Suffering from Continued U.S. Hostility  

After the Obama Administration had taken steps to improve U.S. relations with Cuba, the Trump Administration has gone in the opposite direction, as discussed in many earlier posts.[1] U.S. Actions and Policies Against Cuba These negative actions and policies include the following: continuation of U.S. embargo of Cuba; elimination of one of the “general licenses” … Continue reading Cuba’s Suffering from Continued U.S. Hostility  

Request Temporary Loosening of U.S. Embargo of Cuba

As has been widely reported, Hurricane Irma caused major destruction of Cuba’s buildings, homes and roads. Now it needs to reconstruct and recover. However, the U.S. embargo of Cuba hinders that reconstruction. Therefore, the U.S. should remove restrictions on the ability of U.S. companies to export needed relief and reconstruction supplies to the Cuban government … Continue reading Request Temporary Loosening of U.S. Embargo of Cuba

U.S. Continues To Suspend Part of Its Embargo of Cuba 

On July 14 U.S. Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Thomas Shannon notified appropriate Congressional committees that the Trump Administration would suspend Title III of the Helms-Burton Act (a/k/a the Cuban Liberty and Democratic Solidarity (LIBERTAD) Act) for a six-month period beyond August 1. The law requires Congressional notification at least 15 days before … Continue reading U.S. Continues To Suspend Part of Its Embargo of Cuba 

Another U.N. General Assembly Resolution Condemns U.S. Embargo (Blockade) of Cuba                                                                                                       

On November 1, 2017, the United Nations General Assembly again overwhelmingly adopted a resolution condemning the U.S. embargo (blockade) of Cuba. The vote this year was 191 to 2 (the negative votes by the U.S. and Israel), as shown in the following photograph of the Assembly’s scoreboard.[1] Preparation for Debating the Resolution[2] The debate on … Continue reading Another U.N. General Assembly Resolution Condemns U.S. Embargo (Blockade) of Cuba