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

Cubans are No. 4 in persecution claims

More than 1,000 Cubans filed visa applications claiming fear of persecution from October 2018 through January 2019, the latest figures show. That was more than any other country except Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador, according to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. The number of immigrants claiming a “credible fear of persecution” has jumped from 4,995 … 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

U.S. seeks new democracy projects in Cuba

The State Department on Thursday announced that it is seeking ideas for new democracy promotion projects in Cuba. U.S. officials are looking for creative new ways to promote “civil, political, religious, and labor rights.” Selected organizations will receive from $500,000 to $2 million to carry out their projects, which are illegal under Cuban law. The … Read more

Chasing money, chasing ghosts

A woman who won a $100 million judgment against the Cuban government over the firing squad death of her brother in Cuba has died. Lawyer James W. Perkins announced the death of Jeanette Fuller Hausler in a Jan. 28 letter to U.S. District Court Judge Alvin Hellerstein. “Dear Judge Hellerstein,” the lawyer wrote. “For the … Read more