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Have US Property Claims in Cuba Been Forgotten in Normalization Rush?

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Monday, 18 July 2016 19:55

Santiago-de-Cuba-seaportAs diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba are restored many families with US Certified Claims against the government of Cuba are becoming more and more concerned that their claims will remain unsettled. A recent article in The Miami Herald discusses these concerns as many American ventures in Cuba involve stolen property. 

The shipping port La Maritima Parreño in Santiago, Cuba, was once owned by the Garcia-Bengochea family until it was confiscated by the Cuban government in 1960. Since then, the Garcai-Bengochea family has watched as numerous international corporations have conducted business on their property, including Carnival Cruise Line, the China Harbour Engineering Co. and Fred Olsen Cruise Lines. 

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St. Petersburg Family Seeks Payback for Seized Land

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Tuesday, 28 June 2016 17:57

The heirs to one of Cuba’s largest textile companies, expropriated by the Castro regime during the Communist takeover, is seeking payback for what was stolen from their family. Textilera Ariguanabo was operated by Burke Osborne Hedges who was forced to flee Cuba in 1959, leaving behind the family textile business in addition to more than 20 other properties. According to The Tamba Bay Times, the properties are valued at $50 million. 

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State-Owned Works of Art Risk Seizure to Satisfy $7b of Claims by Americans

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Wednesday, 08 June 2016 15:39

The Bronx Museum has postponed an exhibition showcasing Cuban artwork on loan by the National Museum of Fine Arts in Havana (“MNBA) following delayed arrangements by Cuba. The joint initiative between the two galleries titled “Wild Noise” originally planned to host two exhibitions that would exchange works of art between nations. The first installment of American art displayed in Havana took place last summer. Cuba, however, is now reluctant in loaning the State-owned collection to The Bronx Museum fearing that it will never be returned once in the hands of Americans. 

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Regardless of the numerous cultural regulations that were lifted by the Obama administration, artwork subject to US certified claims against Cuba can still be confiscated the moment it lands on American soil.

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“Cuba al día” by Martí News - President Obama’s Cuba Policy

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Monday, 06 June 2016 15:17

In the June 1 radio episode, Tomas Cardoso and Cary Roque, reporters with Martí News, speak with attorney Jason Poblete on the US embargo towards Cuba and the policy of the Obama administration with analysis of a recent Tampa Bay Times article.

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Starwood’s Deal in Cuba Encourages Would-Be Investors

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Thursday, 02 June 2016 14:23

Following the recent deal between Starwood Hotels & Resorts and the Government of Cuba facilitating the operation of three hotels in Havana, speculation quickly arose as to the status of the hotel company’s claim against the island nation. Earlier this year, the resort signed two management contracts with three Cuban military enterprises which control Cuba’s tourism industry. According to an article in Bloomberg BNA, the Cuban military will serve as the owners and majority partners in the Havana locations as Starwood takes on renovations of the three hotels in Havana. 

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USCIRF On Religious Freedom in Cuba

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Tuesday, 03 May 2016 16:53

The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) has released it’s annual reports on the state of Religious Freedom throughout the globe. Countries are broken into three categories, Tier 1, Tier 2 and Other countries of interest based on the level of concern for religious liberties. Cuba is considered a Tier 2 country, along with other nations such as Afghanistan, Russia and Turkey. 

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Cuba Eases Decades-Long Restriction on Sea Travel

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Tuesday, 26 April 2016 14:40

On April 22, the Cuban government lifted restrictions preventing Cubans from entering or exiting the island via cruise or commercial vessel. Following the controversy surrounding Carnival Cruise Line’s discriminatory prohibition of ticket sales to Cuban-American’s, the Castro government changed a decades-old policy as they were faced with the potential loss of millions of tourist dollars to be made off of American cruise lines.

The New York Times discussed the change in policy which seems to have been motivated by the agreement between Carnival and the Cuban government, as well as several lawsuite filed in the United States against Carnival Cruise Lines. The new Cuban travel regulations also allows the entrance or departure of Cuban nationals aboard commercial vessels. As reported by the Times, Carnival and the Cuban government have been engaged in talks following the filing of a class-action lawsuit against Carnival by Cuban-Americans for discrimination. 

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eMerge Americas 2016

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Monday, 25 April 2016 14:00

CrowdThe eMerge Americas 2016 Conference was hosted in Miami, Florida last week during which two sessions were held regarding U.S. policy toward Cuba. Moderated by NBC-Telemundo 51’s Alejandra Molina, the panel included President and CEO of Stonegate Bank, Dave Seleski; Brookings' Ted Piccone and PobleteTamargo attorney, Jason Poblete. 

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PobleteTamargo Honored to be Part of Bipartisan WWII Guam Reparations Legal Team

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Monday, 11 April 2016 14:00

On March 28, the bipartisan group called Guam World War II Reparations Advocates, Inc. announced that they will be forming a non-profit that will file suit against the US government in attempts of receiving compensation and recognition for the suffering experienced during WWII.

This decision comes after many decades of failed attempts at seeking war reparations for the citizens of Guam. War reparations have been provided to other survivors of the very same war but the citizens of Guam received far less in comparison.

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“Cuba al día” by Martí News - On Travel & Trade Regulations With Cuba

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Tuesday, 05 April 2016 17:19

On March 15, Martí News spoke about the upcoming Presidential trip to Cuba on the show “Cuba al día”.

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