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… signed Wednesday on behalf of Cuba an agreement that fosters cooperation … Continue reading
Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad Malki Ramallah, March 27 (RHC) -- Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad Malki urged Monday the European Union to take an active role in finding an international multilateral mechanism to sponsor the peace process between … Continue reading
14ymedio, Havana, 26 February 2018 — Several Cubans who remain trapped in the Amsterdam-Schiphol Airport after requesting political asylum have asked the Dutch Government and Pope Francis to mediate before the Immigration Service of that country to grant them refugee status. Last January the Dutch authorities imposed a transit visa requirement for Cubans that has left travelers from … Continue reading "Cubans Trapped In The Netherlands Ask Pope For Help In Obtaining Asylum" Continue reading
14ymedio, Zunilda Mata, Havana, 17 February 2018 — “I do not accept CUC,” the driver of the shared taxi warns passengers at Havana’s Fraternity Park. It is the third time that day that Lídice, 40, has heard the same phrase. The first time was from a peanut seller and then from a barber. Both refused … Continue reading "“We Don’t Accept Payment In CUC Here”" Continue reading
Ivan Garcia, 1 February 2018 — “What concerns me most right now is to finish building the room for my eldest daughter who plans to give birth to a girl at the end of February,” confesses Eduardo, the warehouse manager of a bakery west of Havana, as drives along in his uncomfortable and tiny Fiat made … Continue reading "Elections and the Future Cuban Government / Iván García" Continue reading
EFE, via 14ymedio, Havana, 1 February 2018 — The European Union (EU) has offered to share its experience in transitioning to the euro to aid Cuba in its transition to a single currency, one of the main challenges facing in the Cuban economy and something some experts believe could happen this year. The European Commission’s … Continue reading "The EU Offers Cuba Help in Unifying Its Currency" Continue reading
14ymedio, Miriam Celaya, Havana, 30 January 2018 — Last December 21st, when general-president Raúl Castro announced the extension of his term for 55 days longer than expected, few believed in the silly pretext for such a decision: the damages caused by the passage of Hurricane Irma and the calendar for nominating municipal delegates. One of … Continue reading "Raúl Castro is Leaving Without Solving Anything" Continue reading
HAVANA, Cuba, Jan 31 (ACN) The General … Manservisi ratified on Wednesday in Havana the European Union's … with renewable energy sources in Cuba. The high-ranking official told the … energies. Manservisi who is in Cuba accompanied by a broad delegation … Continue reading
HAVANA (Reuters) - The European Union has offered to advise Communist-run Cuba … Wednesday during a visit to Havana. Cuba has had two currencies for … offered technical assistance to the Cuban government to share our experience … first between Cuba and the EU. Diplomats in Havana have said that … Continue reading
14ymedio, Havana, 30 January 2018 — A group of Cubans remains trapped at the Amsterdam-Schiphol Airport after requesting political asylum. The travelers left Havana for Moscow on Saturday and their stopover in the Netherlands coincided with the implementation of a new transit visa requirement for Cubans. Victor Manuel Dueñas, a contributor to the Havana Times digital site, is among … Continue reading "Several Cubans Stranded At Amsterdam Airport After Requesting Political Asylum" Continue reading
Brussels, January 23 (RHC)-- The European Union has assured President Mahmoud Abbas that the 28-nation bloc supports Palestinians’ bid to have East Jerusalem as capital of their future state.  During a meeting with Abbas at the EU headquarters in Brussels … Continue reading
Ramallah, January 22 (RHC)-- Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is calling on the EU to officially recognize the state of Palestine during a Monday meeting with the bloc.  According to Palestinian Foreign Minister Riad al-Malki, Abbas is telling the EU … Continue reading
Cubaeconomía.com, Elias Amor Bravo, 5 January 2018 – The Castro regime, in its urgent need to find external financing for the economy, has developed a strategy of approaching the European Union that has come to an end, at least for the moment, with the recent visit of Federica Mogherini to Havana. The agreement is a vague … Continue reading "Mogherini’s Real Interest in Havana" Continue reading
14ymedio, Luz Escobar, Havana, 15 January 2018 — The first Sunday of each month they meet in a park in Centro Habana and ride through the capital on a route that varies to avoid boredom. They are the members of Bicicletear La Habana (Havana Cycling), a group of cyclists that promotes the use of bikes as … Continue reading "Prejudices Put the Brakes on Bike Culture in Cuba" Continue reading
London, January 13 (RHC)-- A worst-case Brexit scenario could put thousands of jobs at risk at German car parts suppliers, a new study has warned, as Britain grapples with navigating its complex exit from the European Union.  A so-called "hard Brexit … Continue reading
If Federica Mogherini didn’t exist, the world’s autocrats would be trying to invent her. As the European Union’s high representative for foreign affairs, she’s a tireless advocate for engaging rogue states. Few diplomats, though, have pursued this kind of engagement with such moralizing puffery. In Mogherini’s world, diplomacy with dictators shouldn’t aim to transition these... Continue reading
HAVANA - The European Union' … member countries combined were now Cuba's most important economic … to journalists before meeting with Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez Thursday … European Investment Bank would visit Cuba later this month. She said … Continue reading
HAVANA, Cuba, Jan 4 (ACN) The high-ranking … Mogherini announced on Thursday in Havana that Cuba and the EU will … . Mogherini said that she and Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez will … in Cuba against the anti-Cuba policy. Their interest is working with HavanaContinue reading
14ymedio, Havana, 4 January 2017 — Daniel Llorente, the man with the flag, has asked Federica Mogherini not to forget his case because it demonstrates “the lack of political freedoms in Cuba.” The activist who hoisted the flag of the United States during last year’s May Day parade has since spent eight months in detention including seven … Continue reading "The Man With The Flag Asks For Mogherini’s Help" Continue reading
HAVANA (AP) -- The European Union … be a reliable partner for Cuba in the face of the … " partner that can help Cuba manage a political transition and … economic opening. The EU and Cuba last year signed an agreement … Continue reading
HAVANA (Reuters) - The European Union’s top diplomat met with Cuban … hands with Cuba's Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez in Havana, Cuba, January … the San Geronimo University in Havana, Cuba, January 3, 2018. REUTERS… reporting by Nelson Acosta in Havana; Editing by Frank Jack Daniel … Continue reading
… ).The European official came to Havana in March 2016 to promote … Havana. Later she will visit a center for teenagers in Old Havana … . The European official was in Havana in March 2016 to promote … of the Antilles, relations between Cuba and the European Union are … Continue reading
14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez, Havana, 3 January 2017 – Is a ship that has had all its parts replaced still the same ship? The question is known as Theseus’s Paradox and illustrates the European Union’s dilemma with Cuba: Does a dictatorship that moderated its diplomatic language, tried to make peace with its enemy and lost its … Continue reading "Mrs. Mogherini, We Are Still Without Freedom" Continue reading
… January 2018 By Marc Frank HAVANA, Jan 3 (Reuters) - The … diplomat Federica Mogherini arrived in Cuba on Wednesday to help strengthen … agreement, the first accord between Cuba and the 28-nation bloc. Signed … , and Cuban Foreign minister Bruno Rodriguez on Thursday. "Cuba's … Continue reading
14ymedio, Havana, 1 January 2018 — In a letter published on Sunday, the Cuban Observatory for Human Rights (OCDH) criticized the European Union for maintaining a “dialogue without demands” with the Cuban government. That complaint was published on the eve of the trip to Cuba of the High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security of the EU, … Continue reading "Cuban Observatory For Human Rights Criticizes EU for Dialogue With Cuba “Without Demands”" Continue reading
Brussels, December 14 (RHC)-- A disagreement over controversial quotas for the sharing out of refugees across EU countries broke out on Wednesday on the eve of a summit where leaders will discuss the way forward on migration.  EU President Donald Tusk … Continue reading
14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez, Havana, 13 December 2017 — While the accusations grow against Russia for using social networks to manipulate the Catalan crisis, the American elections and Britain’s Brexit, the Kremlin-financed press gains space in Cuba. The references to Sputnik and Russia Today, which is now called RT, are increasingly frequent in the official media, which presents them among … Continue reading "‘Sputnik’ and ‘Russia Today’ Invade the Cuban Media" Continue reading
Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu greets the EU´s foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherini, at press conference. Brussels, December 11 (RHC-Agencies) The European Union has rejected Benjamin Netanyahu's call to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel … Continue reading
HAVANA, Cuba, Nov 21 (acn) The Cuban government characterized on Tuesday in Havana the … a Peace Zone, signed in Havana by the region's … on January of 2014. The Cuban diplomat added that it… Venezuelan people, said Sierra Diaz. Cuba expresses its rejection to the … Continue reading
Iván García, 20 November 2017 — While Robert Gabriel Mugabe, the oldest dictator in the world at age 93, was giving a televised statement from Harare, surrounded by soldiers and elegantly-dressed officials, many miles away from Zimbabwe, Edna, a history professor at a pre-university, was washing clothes in Havana, in an anachronistic Aurika from the … Continue reading "The Crisis in Zimbabwe is Barely Mentioned in the Cuban Media / Iván García" Continue reading
Tripoli, November 20 (RHC)-- In Libya, human rights monitors who toured the country’s migrant detention camps say nearly 20,000 people are enduring “horrific conditions.”  United Nations spokesperson Jeremy Laurence told reporters: "Monitors were … Continue reading
14ymedio, Havana, 24 October 12017 – Cuba’s General Customs Office of the Republic (AGR) issued a press release Monday reminding about the rules in force regarding non-commercial imports of stoves that “use electrical resistance for their operation.” Air conditioners, washing machines and televisions are among the appliances most imported to Cuba by domestic travelers. Stoves are also among … Continue reading "Cuban Customs Limits Imports of Electric Stoves" Continue reading
14ymedio, Havana, 18 October 2017 — The European Commission has approved a project of 700,000 euros to repair damaged houses in the municipality of Yaguajay after the passage of powerful hurricane Irma, which ravaged Cuba between 7 and 10 September. The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) will be responsible for reconstruction work on the ground with … Continue reading "UN And EU Allocate $826,000 To Repair Homes In Cuba Destroyed By Hurricane Irma" Continue reading
EU Foreign Policy Chief Federica Mogherini Luxembourg, October 17 (RHC)-- European Union foreign ministers have reaffirmed their support for the historic nuclear agreement between Iran and the P5+1 group of countries, saying the accord is working and is a … Continue reading
Venezuela's Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza Caracas, October 14 (RHC)-- Venezuela's Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza has denounced the European Union and the U.S. President Donald Trump's government for ignoring the transparency of the South … Continue reading
… cooperation with the governments of Cuba and Burundi, the European Union … the outbreak of cholera. The Cuban Ambassador Carlos Trejo Sosa requested … cooperation and the possibility of Cuban assistance in humanitarian deliveries as … great relations with since the Cuban people are descendants of these … Continue reading
… Spain, Alfonso María Dastis Quecedo Havana, September 5 (RHC)-- The … María Dastis Quecedo arrived in Cuba Tuesday on a two-day official … , aimed at strengthening bilateral ties. Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez visited … dialogue and cooperation agreement between Cuba and the European Union. Edited … Continue reading
14ymedio, Eliecer Avila, Havana, 15 July 2017 — The visit to Cuba by United Nations expert on Human Rights, Virginia Dandan, ended this Friday. The press conference she offered before leaving fueled expectations, after spending several days in an intense program of meetings and activities “on the ground.” In her statements, however, the official from the … Continue reading "Virginia Dandan, The Expert Who Asks No Questions" Continue reading
Juan Juan Almeida, 12 June 2107 — With a decade’s worth of fledgling but stalled attempts at reforming Cuba’s economic system, a convulsive situation in Venezuela that could have repercussions in Havana and less than eight months to go before the end of his term as president of the Council of State and Council of … Continue reading "3D Film, Raul Castro’s New Hobby / Juan Juan Almeida" Continue reading
Últimas desvergüenzas, editorial 489 11 Julio, 2017 8:00 pm por Primavera Digital en Cuba La Habana, Cuba, Redacción Hab, (PD) La dictadura militar castrista reivindicó ese poder absoluto que disfraza de “soberanía e independencia” en el tema derechos humanos para violarlos a gusto. Esta fue su respuesta, luego de la aprobación por la Eurocámara del […] Continue reading
Will Trump Open A Pandora's Box Of Litigation Over Cuban Property?
If the president fails to continue the suspension of Title III, business
relations will be disrupted far more severely and irreparably than they
would be by any regulatory change.
07/10/2017 02:34 pm ET

Long before the Departments of State, Treasury, and Commerce finish
writing the new regulations that President Trump ordered to restrict
trade and travel to Cuba, the president will face another decision on
relations with Havana that could be far more consequential for U.S.
businesses. By July 16, he will have to decide whether to continue
suspending certain provisions of Title III of the Cuban Liberty and
Democratic Solidarity Act of 1996 (also known as Helms-Burton, after its
sponsors).

If he allows Title III to go fully into effect, he will open the door to
as many as 200,0000 lawsuits by U.S. nationals whose property was taken
by the Cuban government after 1959.

U.S. courts would be swamped, the ability of U.S. companies to do
business on the island would be crippled, and allies abroad might
retaliate for U.S. suits brought against their companies in Cuba. The
tangle of resulting litigation would take years to unwind.

Title III allows U.S. nationals to file suit in U.S. courts against
anyone "trafficking" in their confiscated property in Cuba—that is,
anyone assuming an equity stake in it or profiting from it. The U.S.
Foreign Claims Settlement Commission has certified 5,913 claims of U.S.
nationals whose property was seized. These are the claims that Cuba and
the United States had begun to discuss during the Obama administration.

But Title III takes the unusual position of allowing naturalized Cuban
Americans who lost property to also file suit against alleged
traffickers. Normally, international law recognizes the sovereign right
of governments to dispose of the property of their own citizens.
According to the Department of State, by including Cuban Americans who
were not U.S. citizens when their property was taken, Title III creates
the potential for an estimated 75,000-200,000 claims worth "tens of
billions of dollars."

Back in 1996, angry opposition from U.S. allies Canada, Mexico, and
Western Europe, whose companies doing business in Cuba would be the
targets of Title III law suits, led President Bill Clinton to insist on
a presidential waiver provision in Title III when Congress was debating
the law. As a result, the president has the authority to suspend for six
months the right to file Title III law suits, and he can renew that
suspension indefinitely. Every six months since the Cuban Liberty and
Democratic Solidarity Act was passed, successive presidents, Democrat
and Republican alike, have continued the suspension of Title III.

If President Trump does not renew the suspension by July 16, however,
claimants will be free to file Title III law suits by the tens of
thousands. Once the suits have been filed, there will be no way to undo
the resulting legal chaos.

When the Cuban Liberty and Democratic Solidarity Act was passed, U.S.
allies in the Americas and Europe denounced its extraterritorial reach.
Mexico, Canada, and the United Kingdom passed laws prohibiting
compliance with it. The European Union filed a complaint with the World
Trade Organization, which it dropped after President Clinton suspended
Title III. In fact, the principal justification both President Clinton
and President George W. Bush offered for continuing the suspension was
the need to maintain cooperation with European allies.

If President Trump does not renew the suspension, all these old wounds
with allies will be reopened as U.S. claimants try to haul foreign
companies into U.S. courts for doing business in Cuba. We already have
enough tough issues on our agenda with Mexico, Canada, and Europe
without adding another one.

U.S. businesses would not be exempt from potential liability. A Cuban
American family in Miami claims to have owned the land on which José
Martí International Airport was built, so any U.S. carrier using the air
field could be sued under Title III. Another family that owned the Port
of Santiago could file suit against U.S. cruise ships docking there.

Moreover, it would be almost impossible for a U.S. company to know in
advance whether a proposed business opportunity in Cuba might become the
subject of Title III litigation. "This will effectively end for decades
any attempt to restore trade between the U.S. and Cuba," attorney Robert
Muse told the Tampa Bay Times.

Explaining the new trade and travel regulations that President Trump
announced on June 16, senior administration officials said they were
designed "to not disrupt existing business" that U.S. companies were
doing in Cuba. If the president fails to continue the suspension of
Title III, business relations will be disrupted far more severely and
irreparably than they would be by any regulatory change.

Source: Will Trump Open A Pandora's Box Of Litigation Over Cuban
Property? | HuffPost -
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Havana, July 7 (RHC-Granma)-- The Cuban National Assembly's International … of relations between Brussels and Havana.  The Cuban parliamentarians noted that the … the Cuban statement, calling “unnecessary, inopportune” and  seeking to lecture Cuba on … Continue reading
… against Havana. But EU deputies also passed a separate resolution demanding Cuba … that move "interference in (Cuban) internal affairs." It called … " in the European Union. Cuba has been gradually opening up … ;s predecessor Barack Obama. But Cuba refuses to be lectured by … Continue reading
… between the European Union and Cuba as the continental bloc makes … 's hard-line stance against Havana. Lawmakers of the European Parliament … ;s new hard-line policy toward Havana, MEP Elena Valenciano, the rapporteur … step to normalize relations with Havana. Edited by Pavel Jacomino Continue reading
… (RHC/Prensa Latina)-- Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez continues … the meeting, Bruno Rodriguez said Cuban ties with Rome have a … cultural grounds, adding that in Cuba there is 'great affection … process of improving relations between Cuba and the European Union.  He … Continue reading