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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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Havana's Grand Theater Serves as Stage for Another American President

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Monday, 28 March 2016 16:43

In an article from the International New York Times, New York Times reporter Victoria Burnett discusses President Obama's recent trip to Cuba. Last week, the president spoke at the Gran Teatro de La Habana Alicia Alonso, a building that had been confiscated by the Cuban government after the 1959 Communist takeover.

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US-Cuba Thaw Ignores Embargo

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Monday, 14 March 2016 14:10

On February 29, The Washington Examiner published an article discussing the President’s recent announcement about his upcoming visit to Cuba. In “US-Cuba Thaw Ignores Embargo” the author examines the many aspects of US-Cuba relations that have yet to be addressed by the Obama administration. 

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Companies Seek Payback for Assets Stranded in Cuba

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Monday, 22 February 2016 15:53

In an article by Agenda Week, a publication of The Financial Times, details the corporate compliance side of U.S. certified property claims against Cuba. Several experts outline possible strategies for companies seeking compensation for confiscated assets as well as what companies that engage in the Cuba marketplce should consider when reviewing compliance risk issues that involve properties in Cuba subject to a claim.

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With Cuba Changes Come Questions About What US Gets in Return

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Monday, 22 February 2016 14:59

Following last week’s multiple announcements in US-Cuba Policy, the Daily Business Review released an article discussing the seemingly unilateral concessions. Not only were commercial flights reinstated between the United States and Cuba, an American company has been granted approval for opening a tractor assembly plant on the island, and the President has confirmed an upcoming visit to Castro’s Island. These sudden changes have left many questioning what the United States is getting in return for the loosening of the embargo.

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