Today, the Obama Administration has chosen to abstain from a resolution presented by the Cuban dictatorship at the United Nations General Assembly condemning the Cuban Liberty and Democratic Solidarity Act of 1996 ("Libertad Act"), which codified the embargo into U.S. law.
Cuba, Iran's island in the sun
The Obama administration thinks Iran's influence in Latin America is waning. That means it does not view the 80 or so cultural centers Iran has established across Central and South America as a threat.
This week, the Federal Register published the Obama Administration's latest regulatory changes.
Buried in the rule -- ignored by the press releases and overlooked by the media -- was (perhaps) Obama's greatest betrayal of the Cuban people.
For months, U.S. lawmakers have expressed serious concerns over the Obama Administration's haste in restoring commercial flights to Cuba, despite the serious security risks they pose.
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On the eve of the debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, “The Rebel Yell”, the University of Nevada, Las Vegas student newspaper published a full page ad urging them to “prod the Obama Administration to condition any future negotiations and affirmative responses to General Raul Castro’s requests to … the immediate end to beatings and abuses of peaceful dissidents by the regime’s police.”
House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) issued the following statement on the Obama administration’s unilateral move to lift trade restrictions on Cuba, which took effect yesterday:
“The Castros continue to jail pro-democracy activists at a rate of hundreds per month, yet it is full steam ahead for the Obama administration’s efforts to appease this oppressive regime..."
The Obama Legacy in Cuba
Moving fast in his waning months, President Obama concluded he had not done enough to overturn U.S. policy toward Cuba and ensure that his new policies will survive. So he has issued a new “Presidential Policy Directive” that goes even further.
Caving to pressure from the Cuban government, the Obama Administration has issued a fifth round of regulatory changes thatsolely benefit enterprises owned and operated by the Castro regime.
Six months after U.S. President Barack Obama visited Cuba, nothing has changed on the island. That's the word from Yoani Sanchez, the dissident blogger who has been denouncing human rights violations in that country since 2007. Day to day life in Cuba continues to be “complicated,” she says, and has grown worse since Washington and Havana announced they would restore diplomatic relations.
Brazil's state development bank ("BNDES") has frozen loan disbursements for Cuba's Mariel port and "special economic development zone" ("SEDZ"), as part of a major corruption investigation.
As we all know, the Mariel port and SEDZ project was built pursuant to a shady deal between Cuban dictator Raul Castro and former Brazilian president Lula da Silva.