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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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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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