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Despite White House Opening, Exports to Cuba Continue to Drop

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Tuesday, 10 November 2015 02:51

In an article published in the Miami Herald, US agricultural food exports to Cuba are discussed as the United States works to open trade with the Island. Recent reports have shown a large decrease in exports from the Agricultural sector to Cuba in spite of the ongoing efforts to normalize relations with Cuba.

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US Not Updating Asset Claim Against Cuba Even as Trade Beckons

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Tuesday, 10 November 2015 02:24

In a recent article published by Bloomberg BNA, author Lenore Adkins discusses the current status of certified claim holders against Cuba. 

The majority of claims that were certified by the Foreign Claims Settlement Commission ("FCSC") were from the 1960s and 1970s following the takeover and nationalization of Cuba by the Castro regime. The FCSC, which concluded the first Cuba Claims program in 1972, no longer has the authority to update claimant information. Over the years, ownership to the vast majority of certified claims has changed hands as original claimants have passed and companies have come and gone.

Former FCSC chairman, and attorney with Poblete Tamargo, LLP, Mauricio Tamargo, discussed the out of date information as a possible complicaiton to payouts if the government receives the monetary funds to disburse.

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UK NGO: Cuba Pastor Continues to Fight Property Expropriation

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Friday, 16 October 2015 10:24

Chrisitan Solidarity Worldwide (CSW), a UK-based NGO with offices in the United States, published an update on an ongoing effort to help Cuban families stay in their homes and worship free from government intereference:

Two years after government orchestrated mobs to target his home, Reverend Yiorvis Bravo is renewing his call to the Cuban government to recognise his ownership of the property, which also serves as the headquarters of his denomination. 

Reverend Bravo Denis has been fighting for two years for his right to be recognised as the legal owner of his home, which also acts as the national headquarters of the Apostolic Movement, a Protestant denomination which the government refuses to register. He and his family face the threat of eviction at any time. This week Reverend Bravo Denis told Christian Solidarity Worldwide that state security officers continue to harass his friends and members of the church because of their connection to him, while his family has expressed concern at recent unexplained damage to the front of the home.

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Cuba Advocacy Efforts Increase on Capitol Hill

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Tuesday, 29 September 2015 17:55

The Cuba Standard newsletter recently posted a story about an increase in lobbying efforts on Capitol Hill related to US-Cuba matters. The article details how the changing relationship between the United States and Cuba has prompted companies to add US-Cuba policy to their advocacy portfolios.

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Obama Regulations Chip Away at Cuba Embargo

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Friday, 18 September 2015 19:55

As a part of the Obama Administration's policy of renewing relations with Cuba, regulations from the Commerce and Treasury Departments have been finalized, which will ease sanctions and weaken the US Trade Embargo on Cuba.

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Arkansas Rice Farmers Seek Access to Cuba Market

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Monday, 14 September 2015 15:46

Following the Subcommittee Hearing on Agricultural Trade With Cuba held on September 9, attention to recent support for pro-trade measures with Cuba have increased. In an article from the Sun Herald titled "Arkansas Rice Farmer Hopes For Sales to Cuba", the agricultural sector and those representing it discuss the trade embargo in terms of Agricultural incentives.

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Critics, Watchdogs Question Stealth Cuba Lobbying Campaign

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Tuesday, 25 August 2015 00:00

As the Obama administration continues with efforts to normalize relations with Cuba, many questions have been asked regarding the lack of transparency behind the advocacy campaign pushing for the cooperation between the two nations.

Reports investigating the lobbying efforts and behind-the-scenes negotiations have pointed to a Denver-based government relations firm as the leading source behind the million-dollar campaign. However, records disclosing any sort of lobbying movement have yet to turn up on the Congressional database.

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Bill to Boost Trade With Cuba Faces Long Odds

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Wednesday, 29 July 2015 19:46

A Senate Committee has passed legislation aimed at boosting agricultural trade with Cuba. In an article published on July 27, the most recent efforts of Congress to normalize relations with Cuba are discussed. 

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Office Supply Chain Holds Claim to Seized Power Company

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Friday, 24 July 2015 00:00

In a recent editorial titled "US-Cuba Thaw Could Bring Staples a Windfall," Taryn Luna, author at the Boston Globe, talks with Mauricio Tamargo, certified claims attorney, as she discusses the changing hands of ownership over corporate claims to Cuban assets. 

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Despite Restoring Relations With US, Cuba Owe Billions to American Taxpayers

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Monday, 20 July 2015 19:54

Screen Shot 2015-08-20 at 8.59.48 AM(Washington, DC) On Monday, July 20, the Cuban embassy was reopened in Washington, DC, marking the renewal of diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba.

As these two countries work to re-build relations, the compensation by Cuba for properties confiscated from American families and corporations will be an issue of discussion in the months ahead.

At the Cuba Embassy re-dedication this week, CNBC's Michelle Caruso-Cabrera was joined by Jason Poblete, a sanctions specialist and claims attorney, as they discussed property claims. You can view the interview by following this link.

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