Closing U.S. embassy in Havana “would make Trump happy”

In December, I traveled to Havana for a seminar called “Cuba-USA Relations: The Challenge of Coexistence Based on Mutual Interests.” The keynote speaker was Benjamin Chavis. He gave me permission to publish his remarks and I quoted him here. Chavis later spoke to reporters, joining Carlos Fernández de Cossío, director of U.S. affairs at Cuba’s … Read more

NGOs sink millions of dollars into Cuba fight

The grudge match over Cuba has got to be one of the most hotly contested fights ever. Dozens of U.S.-based non-profit organizations have sunk millions of dollars into the Cuba cause. Groups that oppose the socialist government outnumber and outspend NGOs that seek improved relations between the two countries. Some NGOs receive support from such … Read more

Lawyer: Exile’s rights to Cuban airport “extinguished” after seizure

A lawsuit accused two airlines of “trafficking” in the property where Cuba’s largest airport now stands is set for trial starting on Nov. 23 in Miami. Marcia G. Cooke, the first female African-American federal judge in Florida, is presiding over the case. The family of José López Vilaboy claims to be the rightful owner of … Read more

Judge tosses claim for half billion dollars

On Aug. 27, a Kentucky company sued a cruise operator, saying it was “trafficking” in confiscated property and demanding damages of $503,234,453. On Monday, U.S. District Court Judge Beth Bloom dismissed the case “with prejudice,” meaning it can’t be brought back to court. Havana Docks Corporation, at 215 Southland Drive in Lexington, Kentucky, had claimed … Read more

Civil rights activist: “We should do more to export Cuban consciousness”

U.S. policy toward Cuba “only serves the interests of imperialism,” civil rights activist Benjamin Chavis said at a conference in Havana. “Why in 2019 does the United States continue to impose sanctions?” he asked. “Whose interests are served? Not the United States’ interests and not Cuba’s. U.S. policy only serves the interests of imperialism.” Chavis … Read more