D.C. lawyers back Juan Guaidó

A Washington, D.C., law firm is representing Juan Guaidó, the self-proclaimed president of Venezuela. Arnold & Porter says its duties may include “making contact with U.S. government officials concerning the preservation of Venezuela’s assets in the United States.” Trump officials in late January said they had given Guaidó control over Venezuela’s bank accounts and property … Read more

Another mess: Reclaiming seized art

A New York lawyer is calling on museum curators in Cuba and elsewhere to begin looking for ways to compensate the owners of artwork seized during the early days of the Cuban revolution. Wendy Dickieson, of the firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP, wrote: Cuba cannot truly begin the process of normalization with these stolen treasures still … Read more

NED details $4.6 million in Cuba grants

The National Endowment for Democracy reported spending $4,643,525 in Cuba grants in 2018. That was a 22 percent increase over $3,814,328 reported for 2017. The top recipients in 2018 were the Cuban Democratic Directorate with $650,000; Grupo Internacional para la Responsabilidad Social Corporativa en Cuba, $230,000; and Cubanet News Inc., $220,000. Click below for interactive … Read more

OFAC takes more aggressive approach

U.S. authorities are taking an “increasingly aggressive posture” against companies that violate economic sanctions, lawyer Jeremy Paner says. Paner, a former official at the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control, says federal authorities used to avoid issuing penalties to encourage voluntary compliance. But now OFAC is hitting companies with big fines even when they … Read more

Elliott Abrams: Nicolás Maduro is already an ex-president

When a reporter asked Elliott Abrams about complaints that the United States is interfering in Venezuela’s affairs, Abrams sidestepped the question and said Cuba is the meddler and had been sticking its nose in Venezuela’s business for “a long time.” Abrams did not mention that the U.S. government has been trying to undermine the Cuban … Read more