When the oilman comes calling

Exxon Mobil Corp. is suing Corporación CIMEX and the Unión Cuba-Petróleo, or CUPET, for “unlawful trafficking” of properties that Cuban authorities confiscated in 1960. Total damages could exceed $6 billion, which is more than the Cuban companies are worth. Exxon’s lawsuit, filed May 2 in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., states: CIMEX uses and … Read more

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Class-action lawsuit targets Cuban tourism

Heirs of the family that once owned the Hotel San Carlos in Cienfuegos are suing Cuban tourism companies for their “unlawful trafficking” of the property. Antonio Mata y Alvarez built the hotel in June 1925. The lawsuit states: He and his son ran it and built up its good will and fame until Fidel Castro … Read more

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Freedom House seeks program officer with Cuba experience

Freedom House is looking for someone who knows all about Cuba and has experience living on or traveling to the island. The successful candidate should be “flexible and adaptable with a good sense of humor and positive attitude,” Freedom House says. Excerpts from the job description are below: Program Officer, Latin America Work Location: Washington, … Read more

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Carnival Cruise Lines punches holes in Title III case

On May 2, Havana Docks Corp. sued Carnival Cruise Lines for “trafficking” in confiscated property. But Carnival says it was doing nothing illegal in Cuba and the lawsuit should be dismissed. Havana Docks, located at 215 Southland Drive in Lexington, Kentucky, contends it is the rightful owner of waterfront property at the Havana Cruise Port … Read more

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U.S. gov’t: $1 million-plus for emerging Cuban leaders

The State Department plans to spend more than $1 million to train “a new generation of independent leaders to bolster Cubans’ abilities to develop independent civil society communities and express ideas regarding human rights and democracy to peers and those outside Cuba.” A State Department proposal says “this cadre of professionals will model effective leadership … Read more

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