No Embargo Movement gains strength

A Facebook group aimed at ending U.S. economic sanctions against Cuba has quickly gained more than 100,000 followers without spending a penny of advertising. The No Embargo Movement, or NEMO, describes itself as a humanitarian project, not a political group, and it has supporters on both sides of the Florida Straits. Below is a Q&A … Read more

Senator rejects loosening sanctions against Cuba

U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez said today that Democrats, not Republicans, have led the way in pushing for freedom and democracy in Cuba. He accused the Trump administration of abandoning efforts to push for human rights around the world and said the Biden administration would do a better job. He said he continues to support U.S. … Read more

Activist: Cuban ideals “the absolute opposite of Donald Trump”

Weeks before the U.S. assassination of Iranian general Qasem Soleimani, one of America’s top anti-war activists traveled to Cuba to promote improved relations between the United States and Cuba. I spoke with Medea Benjanin, co-founder of the group CODEPINK, right around the fifth anniversary of the announcement that the U.S. and Cuba were restoring diplomatic … Read more

U.S. blacklist haunts the dead

Even after U.S. government ousted Manuel Noriega and threw him in prison, the former Panamanian strongman’s name remained on an American blacklist of foreigners. Noriega, once a prized CIA intelligence source, died in May 2017 and he is still on the U.S. Treasury Department’s latest blacklist, along with more than 7,000 other people, companies, organizations … 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