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1/14/2011

January 14, 2011 12:00 am Published by Comments Off on 1/14/2011

“[President] Barack Obama has eased America’s long-standing embargo on Cuba, allowing many Americans to travel there for the first time and increasing the amounts that they can invest in the island. Other changes announced by the president will allow all US international airports to accept flights to and from Cuba; at present, chartered flights are restricted to Miami and a handful of other airports. The moves represent an important step to rapprochement between the US and Cuba…Obama’s move is made by presidential order and cannot be blocked by Congress. But only Congress can lift the embargo…Most Americans are in effect banned from Cuba because it is an offence to spend money on the island. Under the changes, students and academic staff, religious groups and others will be free to visit, and educational exchanges are to be promoted. Americans will be allowed to send up to $500 to support private economic and other activities, though not any involving the Cuban Communist party or its members.” [Con Embargo] Ewen MacAskill, “Barack Obama acts to ease US embargo on Cuba,” TheGuardian.com, January 14,.


12/15/2010

December 15, 2010 12:00 am Published by Comments Off on 12/15/2010

“Vice Foreign Minister [of the Republic of Cuba] Abelardo Moreno said that at current prices a conservative estimate of economic damages to the island up until December 2010 would be more than $104 billion. However, he added, if you take into consideration the extreme devaluation of the dollar against the price of gold on the international financial market during 2010, they would add up to nearly a trillion dollars.” [The 15th of the month used for date sorting purposes only.] Portia Siegelbaum, “Cuba: U.S. embargo causes $1 trillion in losses,” CBSNews.com, September 14,.


10/26/2010

October 26, 2010 12:00 am Published by Comments Off on 10/26/2010

“The General Assembly, determined to encourage strict compliance with the purposes and principles enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations…recalling the statements of the Heads of state or Government at the Ibero-American Summits concerning the need to eliminate the unilateral application of economic and trade measures by one State against another that affect the free flow of international trade…taking note of declarations resolutions of different intergovernmental forums, bodies and Governments that express the rejection by the international community and public opinion of the promulgation and application of measures of the kind referred to above…once again urges States that have and continue to apply such laws and measures to take the necessary steps to repeal or invalidate them as soon as possible in accordance with their legal regime…requests the Secretary-General…to prepare a report on the implementation of the present resolution in the light of the purposes and principles of the Charter and international law and to submit it to the General Assembly at its sixty-sixth session…” [Con Embargo] “Necessity of ending the economic, commercial and financial embargo imposed by the United States of America against Cuba,” United Nations General Assembly, UN.org, October 26,.


12/15/2009

December 15, 2009 12:00 am Published by Comments Off on 12/15/2009

Two years ago [December 2009], Cuban counterintelligence officers arrested Alan P. Gross, a U.S. Agency for International Development subcontractor, as he boarded a plane in Havana for the United States. Later convicted in a closed trial of crimes against the state for smuggling sophisticated telecommunications equipment into Cuba, Gross is serving a 15-year prison sentence. Obama administration officials have declared that relations with Cuba will remain frozen until Gross is released, but the administration has not been willing to take the aggressive steps necessary to win his freedom. Gross' fate, like Cuba policy generally, is now being sacrificed to electoral politics in Florida.” [The 15th of the month used for date sorting purposes only.] William M. LeoGrange & Peter Kornbluh, “A Cuban conundrum.” December 06, 2011. The Los Angeles.


12/15/2009

December 15, 2009 12:00 am Published by Comments Off on 12/15/2009

“At present the U.S. State Department says the biggest obstacle to improving relations between the two countries is the imprisonment of an American aid worker Alan Gross. Gross was arrested in December 2009 and sentenced last March [2010] to 15 years in prison for bringing illegal communications equipment into Cuba as part of a program subcontracted to his employer by USAID [United States Agency for International Development]. The Cubans say this program and others like it are intended to overthrow their government.”  [The 15th of the month used for date sorting purposes only.] Portia Siegelbaum, “Cuba: U.S. embargo causes $1 trillion in losses,” CBSNews.com, September 14,.


10/29/2009

October 29, 2009 12:00 am Published by Comments Off on 10/29/2009

“29 October 2009-The General Assembly has voted for the 18th consecutive year to condemn the economic, commercial and financial embargo imposed by the United States against Cuba for the past half century and called for it to be lifted. Member States voted overwhelmingly yesterday to adopt a non-binding resolution that voices concern that the embargo is having ‘adverse effects’ on the Cuban people and on Cuban nationals living in other countries…There were 187 votes in favour of the resolution, three votes against (the United States, Israel Palau) and two abstentions (Federated States of Micronesia, the Marshall Islands).” [Con Embargo] “General Assembly again calls for lifting of United States embargo against Cuba,” UN News Centre, UN.org, October 29,.


10/28/2009

October 28, 2009 12:00 am Published by Comments Off on 10/28/2009

“The General Assembly…concerned about the continued promulgations and application by Member States of laws and regulations…taking note of declarations and resolutions of different intergovernmental forums, bodies and Governments that express the rejection by the international community and public opinion of the promulgation and application of measures of the kind referred to above…reiterates its call upon all States to refrain from promulgating and applying laws and measures of the kind referred to in the preamble to the present resolution…once again urges States that have and continue to apply such laws and measures to take the necessary steps to repeal or invalidate them as soon as possible in accordance with their legal regime…” [Con Embargo] “Necessity of ending the economic, commercial and financial embargo imposed by the United States of America against Cuba,” United Nations General Assembly, UN.org, October 28,.


9/3/2009

September 3, 2009 12:00 am Published by Comments Off on 9/3/2009

“The U.S. Government issued the Cuban Assets Control Regulations…under the Trading With the Enemy Act…On September 3, 2009, OFAC [Office for Foreign Assets Control]  amended the Regulations to implement measures announced by the President [Barack Obama] in April 2009 to promote democracy and human rights in Cuba by easing travel restrictions to facilitate greater contact between separated family members in the United States and Cuba and by increasing the flow of remittances and information to the Cuban people. OFAC is now amending the Regulations to implement certain policy changes announced by the President…to continue efforts to reach out to the Cuban people in support of their desire to freely determine their country’s future. These amendments allow for greater licensing of travel to Cuba for educational, cultural, religious, and journalistic activities and expand licensing of remittances to Cuba. These amendments also modify regulations regarding authorization of transactions with Cuban national individuals who have taken up permanent residence outside of Cuba, as well as implement certain technical and conforming changes.” [Con Embargo] “New OFAC 2011 Cuba travel regulations,” HavanaJournal.com, January 27,.


1/20/2009

January 20, 2009 12:00 am Published by Comments Off on 1/20/2009

“Barack Obama (January 20, 2009—Incumbent). Democratic. Current President Obama is the first African American U.S. president. He was previously a U.S. Senator from Illinois. He was born in Honolulu, Hawaii. He graduated from Columbia University and Harvard Law School.” “U.S. Presidents,”.


10/29/2008

October 29, 2008 12:00 am Published by Comments Off on 10/29/2008

“The General Assembly…reaffirming, among other principles, the sovereign equality of States, non-intervention and non-interference in their internal affairs and freedom of international trade and navigation…concerned at the continued promulgation and application by Member States of laws and regulations…concerned that, since the adoption of its resolutions…further measures of that nature aimed at strengthening and extending the economic, commercial and financial embargo against Cuba continue to be promulgated and applied, and concerned also at the adverse effects of such measures on the Cuban people and on Cuban nationals living in other countries…once again urges States that have and continue to apply such laws and measures to take the necessary steps to repeal or invalidate them as soon as possible in accordance with their legal regime…” [Con Embargo] “Necessity of ending the economic, commercial and financial embargo imposed by the United States of America against Cuba,” United Nations General Assembly, UN.org, October 29,.