Cuban-American opinion shifts with the times

One way to find out what Cuban-Americans are thinking is to hang out at Miami’s Versailles restaurant. It’s not the most scientific approach, but it usually leads to Cuban coffee, a pastry and maybe even some tasty roasted pork. For more precise information, I rely on a Florida International University poll of Cuban-Americans. See 40-page … Read more

Inspector General: Cuba sanctions tough enough?

The Office of Inspector General at the Treasury Department this year plans to investigate how well the Office of Foreign Asset Control, or OFAC, is enforcing Trump administration sanctions against Cuba. The OIG reported: Since 1960, the United States has maintained an embargo restricting trade, travel, and financial transactions with Cuba. This embargo comprises the … Read more

Lobbyist lands in the White House

One of the most successful advocates for a hardline U.S. position against Cuba is now in the White House. Lobbyist Mauricio Claver-Carone is director of Western Hemisphere Affairs for the National Security Council. He works for NSC chief John Bolton, who famously – and some would say erroneously – said in 2002 that Cuba was … Read more