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US Congress Seeks to Expose Corruption in Nicaragua

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Saturday, 24 September 2016 09:52

On September 21, the House of Representatives approved passage H.R. 5708, the Nicaraguan Investment Conditionality Act (NICA) of 2017 that, if it becomes law, will prohibit loans to the government of Nicaragua by international financial institutions unless Nicaragua takes steps to ensure free, fair, and transparent elections as well as the rule of law.

In an interview with Nicaragua's leading newspaper, La Prensa, PobleteTamargo attorney Jason Poblete said that the NICA law could also lead to economic sanctions being imposed on Nicaraguan officials who violate human rights or ignore the rule of law.

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US Congress Approves Measure Banning Ransom Payments for US Hostages Held in Iran

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Friday, 23 September 2016 20:13

On Thursday, September 22, Congressman Mike Pompeo (R-Kan.), a member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, offered an amendment during the Floor debate of on  H.R. 5931 - Prohibiting Future Ransom Payments to Iran Act. The measure, which passed in the House, included an amendment by Rep. Pompeo that prohibit ransom payments to any nation and sanctions Iranians responsible for holding U.S. nationals, including citizens as well as U.S. Legal Permanent Residents. 

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ILQ Fall 2016 - Special Cuba Edition

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Tuesday, 20 September 2016 20:13

IL-2016 Fall - FINALInternational Law Quarterly by the International Law Section of the Florida Bar released a “Special Cuba Edition” for Fall 2016. As the United States and Cuba work on relations, those working in international law are beginning to see Cuba play a more central role in the legal realm. The Special Cuba Edition includes various articles by professional to serve as a reference on the subject.

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U.S. Legal Permanent Resident/ICT Professional Sentenced by the Iranian Regime to 10 Years in Evin Prison, Fined Millions

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U.S. Must Do More to Secure Nizar Zakka’s Unconditional Release

(Washington, D.C.) This week marks a year since Mr. Nizar Zakka, a U.S. Legal Permanent Resident, was taken hostage in Iran by members of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps. Earlier today, PobleteTamargo LLP issued a statement urging the U.S. government to help secure Nizar’s immediate unconditional release. That statement is available here.

PobleteTamargo LLP has since learned that the “court” which tried Mr. Zakka has now issued a 60-page verdict and sentence. Mr. Zakka’s U.S. attorney, Mr. Jason Poblete, issued the following statement urging U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and United Nations Ambassador Samantha Powers to ask for Mr. Zakka's unconditional release when they speak with the Iranian delegation during the UN General Assembly this week.

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U.S. LPR/ICT Professional Held Hostage for a Year by Iran

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Monday, 19 September 2016 15:41

U.S. Needs to Do More to Secure Nizar Zakka's Unconditional Release

One year ago, as of yesterday, Internet/ICT professional Mr. Nizar Zakka was unlawfully detained by Iranian authorities on the streets of Tehran. Mr. Zakka, a U.S. Legal Permanent Resident and Lebanese national, was invited by the Iranian government to attend a conference in Tehran.

The following press release by Mr. Zakka's U.S. lawyer, Mr. Jason Poblete, comes after Amnesty International released a second "Urgent Action" alert on the deterioration of Mr. Zakka's health, which he has yet to receive necessary medical attention for. 

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Amnesty International: Jailed IT Expert Denied Medical Care

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Saturday, 17 September 2016 21:41
Amnesty International released an Urgent Action Notice on September 16, regarding the denial of medical care for IT expert Nizar Zakka who is currently detained in Tehran’s Evin Prison. The law firm of PobleteTamargo has been representing Mr. Zakka in Washington, DC for two months.
 
Zakka, a permanent US resident and a Lebanese national, was unlawfully in Tehran one year ago by men believed to belong to the Revolutionary Guards after being invited by the Iranian government to attend a conference there.
 
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“Cuba al Día” by Martí News - The Cuban Government’s Emphasis in Centralizing the Economy

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On August 18, Martí News discussed the centralization of the economy in Cuba on “Cuba al día" with Thorny Joel, Jason Poblete, Jorge Luis Artiles and Brown Juancé.

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Iraq Owes Chaldeans for Stolen Lands

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ChaldeanNews weblogoThe following editorial written by PobleteTamargo attorney, Mauricio Tamargo, was featured in the September 2016 edition of The Chaldean News. To read the published article, visit The Chaldean News Guest Columns page, found here

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Is Iran Raising The Stakes For Releasing American Hostages?

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Tuesday, 09 August 2016 19:53

From The Washington Examiner

WashExam 1August 4, 2016

A Lebanese citizen and permanent US resident, Nizar Zakka has lived in Washington, D.C. for many years. He was arrested in Iran last September while on travel to attend an International Conference and Exhibition on Women in Sustainable Development. Zakka was invited to serve as an event speaker by an Iranian official. During that visit he was arrested in Iran and has been detained in long-term solitary confinement since last September under nonspecific charges.

Jason Poblete, attorney for Zakka, says that his health is deteriorating, especially during the past months, and that he is on a hunger strike to protest his harsh treatment.

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Cuba Denies It's Negotiating With U.S. on Compensation Claims

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Tuesday, 09 August 2016 16:19

Kerry Rodriguez 1On July 28, the United States and Cuba met to discuss the certified claims against the Cuban government. Following the talks, State Department officials briefed reporters, calling the negotiations “very substantial discussions.” The Cuban Government however, walked away with quite a different idea of what had occurred. The Deputy Foreign Minister of Cuba, Abelardo Moreno, held his own news conference stating “we are not negotiation yet. …We are now engaged in informational talks.”

According to Moreno, US representatives “have stated the need to resolve the issue as quickly as possible, but … these are going to be extremely complex negotiations from all points of view … and we cannot rush things.”

Jason Poblete, attorney at PobleteTamargo, LLP who specializes in property claims, spoke to In Cuba Today on the matter. Moreno’s statements are typical of these types of discussions, but Poblete points out that the discussions “are negotiations because they’re sitting at a table and talking about the issue,” and that Moreno’s comments show Cuba’s decision to delay the process.

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