IFCO’s CubaBuzz: Issue 140
Who is Teo Babún and why is he going after Cuba?
Granma, february 21, 2019
Efforts by the United States government to disrupt unity between Cuban religions and the Revolution have a long history. Attempts have been made to manipulate ties between religious institutions and the state on several occasions, over the past 60 years.
But the current administration of Donald Trump – along with resuscitating the Monroe Doctrine and expanding subversive projects in Cuba – has been more explicit about its intention of promoting division.
The position of the Cuban government has been entirely ignored, and its express disposition, as stated by the Comandante en Jefe during a trip to Jamaica in 1977, to “work together, so that when the political idea triumphs, the religious is not set aside, or appears to be an enemy of change. No contradiction exists between the objectives of religion and the objectives of socialism.”
Trump Threatens
a Second Embargo of Cuba
Truthout, Feb 24, 2019
The Trump administration is threatening to unleash a flood of lawsuits involving Cuba, which no U.S. president has ever done. It has set a deadline of March 2 to announce whether it will create, in the words of the National Lawyers Guild, “a second embargo” of Cuba — “one that would be very difficult to dismantle in the future.”
Trump may give current U.S. citizens standing to sue in U.S. courts even if they were Cuban citizens when the Cuban government nationalized their property after the 1959 Revolution. They would be able to bring lawsuits against U.S. and foreign companies that allegedly profit from the nationalized properties.
In accordance with international law, the Cuban government had offered compensation to U.S. nationals for the taking of their property, as I explain below. If Trump permits myriad new lawsuits to proceed, it would unleash a tsunami of litigation that would harm U.S. companies and punish the Cuban people even more.
More on this topic:
Ag businesses warn Trump administration about Title III CUBA STANDARD — A coalition of 34 U.S. agribusiness companies and 74 agricultural associations urges the Trump administration not to allow claimants of confiscated properties in Cuba to file lawsuits in U.S. courts.