Blockade affects everyone

Members of the US Congress support Cuba facing Covid-19

Washington, May 6. At least 25 members of the United States Congress signed today a letter urging the government of their country to allow Cuba access to medical equipment and the necessary collaboration to fight Covid-19.

Senator Patrick Leahy and Representative Jim McGovern, both Democrats, are leading the initiative through a letter sent to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.

In the text they urge to certify that United States policy does not prevent the sending of medical equipments to Cuba to face the pandemic.

US judge dismisses case against cruise company under Helms-Burton Act

CUBA, 7 January 2020.- Judge Beth Bloom of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida dismissed the lawsuit against MSC Cruises SA under the extraterritoriality of Title III of the Helms-Burton Act.

The complaint against the cruise line was filed last August on behalf of Havana Docks Corporation, a company owned by Mickael Behn, claiming to be the rightful owner of certain commercial real estate in the Port of Havana, Jose Ramon Cabañas, Cuban ambassador to Washington, posted on Twitter.

Canadian business cannot receive payments for using Cuban coffee

La Habana, 2 October 2019.- Little Havana, a business located in the city of Toronto, Canada, faces a ban on receiving payments through online technology because it markets Cuban coffee.

The company collects its sales through Square Canada's platform, and has lost 14,000 Canadian dollars since the end of August, equivalent to more than 10,500 U.S. dollars in payments that never reached their bank account.

Cruise lines sued in the US under law of blockade on Cuba

Five new lawsuits were filed in the United States against three cruise lines, Royal Caribbean, Norwegian Cruise and MSC Cruises, under Title III of  Helms-Burton Act.The Seatrade Cruise News reported that two plaintiffs took that legal step in the southern state of Florida, after a federal judge rejected a motion requested by another cruise company, Carnival Corp., to dismiss a lawsuit against it.

People in United States criticize policy against Cuba

One of the serious measures taken by the Donald Trump Administration against the Cuban people is the closure of the US consulate in Havana and the Cuban consulate in Washington. This is what Andres Gomez, journalist and director of Areito Digital, said when addressing U.S. actions against Cuba. 

French Bank Faces Lawsuit in US due to Law against Cuba

The French bank Societe Generale S.A. (SocGen) is facing a lawsuit in the United States under Title III of the Helms-Burton Act. According to the legal news site Law360, heirs of a bank nationalized by the Cuban government in 1960 said Wednesday in a federal court in Miami, Florida, that the French entity ignored the US blockade against Cuba. 

EU Foreign Ministers address Title III of Helms-Burton Act

The Foreign Ministers of the European Union (EU) address in Luxembourg the diplomatic efforts to avert the consequences of the application of the Helms-Burton Act. The High Representative of the EU for Foreign Policy will address the effects of the activation of Title III which allows US citizens to sue in US courts foreign companies which operate in Cuba.

Tightening the noose on Cuba

By Chandra Muzaffar 

On the 2nd of May 2019, the Trump Administration decided to enforce Title 111 of the Helms-Burton Act. Title 111 authorises US nationals with claims to confiscated properties in Cuba to file suits in US courts against persons that may be “trafficking “in that property.

US Senators reintroduce draft bill to expand agricultural sales to Cuba

 US Senators John Boozman and Michael Bennet submitted a draft bill to remove restrictions to private financing for US agricultural exports to Cuba. The Agricultural Export Expansion Act  aims to support producers from Arkansas, Colorado and the entire country by lifting restrictions that prevent using that kind of financing for agricultural exports to Cuba.

Chinese Expert Denounces Extraterritoriality of Helms-Burton Act

The United States has gone too far in activating the chapter of the controversial Helms-Burton law that, apart from pressuring Cuba, hits the entire international community with its extraterritorial character, denounced Sunday a Chinese academic, Pan Deng, expert at the Chinese University of Political Science and Law.