U.S. Senators Urge Prioritization of Obtaining Compensation for Cuba’s Expropriation of Property Owned by U.S. Nationals

On June 1 U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (Rep., FL) and Bill Nelson (Dem., FL) urged Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin to prioritize seeking compensation for Americans whose property was expropriated by the Cuban government at the start of the Cuban Revolution in 1959.[1] The Senators correctly point out … Continue reading U.S. Senators Urge Prioritization of Obtaining Compensation for Cuba’s Expropriation of Property Owned by U.S. Nationals

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]

Decline of U.S. Visitors to Cuba   

In June 2019, the U.S. instituted a ban on cruise ships from a U.S. port going to Cuba. It had an immediate impact. That same month the number of U.S. visitors was down 20% from the prior June. And the similar figures for July 2019 were down 23.6%, and the Cuban government reduced its forecast … Continue reading Decline of U.S. Visitors to Cuba   

President Eisenhower and U.S. Covert Plan Against Cuba

The U.S. State Department’s Office of the Historian has published two important and largely declassified documents relating to the initial U.S. (Eisenhower Administration) response in 1959-60  to the Cuban Revolution. Here are summaries of those documents. “A Program of Covert Action Against the Castro Regime”[1]      . The author of this document, dated March 16, 1960, … Continue reading President Eisenhower and U.S. Covert Plan Against Cuba

Additional State Department Briefing on Helms-Burton Changes

A prior post discussed the changes in U.S. implementation of Title III of the Helms-Burton Act that were announced on April 17 by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and discussed by an Assistant Secretary of State. That same day an unidentified senior official of the Department held a briefing for journalists, apparently at the U.S. … Continue reading Additional State Department Briefing on Helms-Burton Changes

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

Proposed Resolution of U.S.-Cuba Issues

The 60 years of U.S. hostility towards Cuba (with the two-year respite (2014-2016) under President Obama) have left many important unresolved issues.[1] Here is at least a partial list of those issues: U.S. ending embargo (blockade) of Cuba? U.S. response to Cuba’s claims for alleged damages from embargo & other acts? U.S. closing its detention … Continue reading Proposed Resolution of U.S.-Cuba Issues

Recent U.S.-Cuba Developments 

Here are updates on several U.S.-Cuba issues. U.S.-Cuba Bilateral Commission Meeting[1] On June 14 in Washington, D.C., the U.S. and Cuba held their seventh meeting of the  Bilateral Commission that was started by the Obama Administration and Cuba. Afterwards the State Department said the two parties “reviewed . . . areas for engagement that advance … Continue reading Recent U.S.-Cuba Developments 

U.S. Reactions to the New President of Cuba

A prior post reported the April 19 election of Miguel Díaz-Canel as the new President of Cuba. U.S. reactions to that election  have been unanimous: at least initially there probably will be no major changes in Cuba’s international and domestic policies, and many also say there was not a democratic transition of power. Here is … Continue reading U.S. Reactions to the New President of Cuba

State Department Creates Cuba Internet Task  Force and Suspends Enforcement of Statutory Liability for Trafficking in Certain Cuban Expropriated Property 

This week the U.S. State Department has taken two actions regarding Cuba: (1) creation of the Cuba Internet Task Force and (2) granting another six-month extension of the right of U.S. persons to sue traffickers in U.S. property that was expropriated by the Cuban government. U.S.’ Cuba Internet Task Force. On January 23, the U.S. … Continue reading State Department Creates Cuba Internet Task  Force and Suspends Enforcement of Statutory Liability for Trafficking in Certain Cuban Expropriated Property