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Cuba legislature approves law to attract foreign investment
March 30, 2014
Cuba's National Assembly approved a law on Saturday that provides tax breaks and other incentives to attract foreign investors to grow business in the communist economy of Cuba. The Assembly voted unanimously in a special session to approve the law, which becomes valid within the next 90 days. The n....... [more]

US, rights groups condemn Cuba dissident detentions
January 29, 2014
The US State Department, Amnesty International (AI) and Human Rights Watch (HRW) joined Tuesday to condemn the Cuban government's detentions of dissidents to keep them away from a Havana summit of hemispheric leaders. According to rights activists in Havana, an estimated 100 pro-democracy activists....... [more]

UN General Assembly elects states to serve on Human Rights Council
November 13, 2013
The UN General Assembly (UNGA) on Tuesday elected 14 countries to a three-year term on the Human Rights Council (UNHRC) beginning January 1. The assembly chose Algeria, China, Cuba, France Maldives, Mexico, Morocco, Namibia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Viet....... [more]

Rights group urges Cuba to release 'prisoners of conscience'
August 5, 2013
Amnesty International (AI) on Monday called for Cuba to release five prisoners whom the group has called "prisoners of conscience." AI reported that the five prisoners are indicative of the continuing repression of speech that exists in the country. Cuba denies holding political prisoners and has re....... [more]

AI: US interference with Snowden asylum violates human rights
July 3, 2013
Amnesty International (AI) on Tuesday said that US authorities' efforts to thwart Edward Snowden's attempts to seek asylum amount to serious human rights violations. According to Wikileaks, a whistleblower website, Snowden submitted asylum applications to a host of countries, including Ecuador, Chi....... [more]

Federal appeals court blocks Florida law barring contracts with Cuba, Syria businesses
May 7, 2013
The US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit on Monday upheld a lower court ruling blocking enforcement of a Florida law that denies government contracts to companies that do business in Cuba or Syria. The law was challenged last year by Odebrecht Construction, a Brazilian company that would be....... [more]

Anti-Castro militant was acquitted of perjury charges
April 8, 2013
On April 8, 2011, Luis Posada Carriles, an anti-Castro Cuban militant, was acquitted of two counts of perjury and nine counts of making false statements by a jury for the US District Court for the Western District of Texas. These charges were brought following his purported involvement in a 1976 bom....... [more]

President Kennedy banned all trade with Cuba
February 7, 2013
On February 7, 1962, an executive order by President John F. Kennedy banning all imports and exports to and from Cuba went into full effect. This order furthered action taken against Cuba by the US Congress in the form of the Cuban Democracy Act, resulting in a near full embargo against the nation....... [more]

US Senate approved Treaty of Paris, effectively ending the Spanish-American War
February 6, 2013
On February 6, 1899, the US Senate passed a resolution ratifying the Treaty of Paris, effectively ending the Spanish-American War. The treaty, which was drafted and originally signed in 1898 by President William McKinley, did not officially go into effect until April 11, 1899, ending the one year w....... [more]

Cuba rights abuses against political opposition increasing: report
January 6, 2013
Dissident groups, such as the Cuban Commission for Human Rights and National Reconciliation, said Sunday that the Cuban government imprisoned more than 6,000 political activists last year. This is more than 2,000 more than were arrested in 2011. Most prisoners are released within a few days, but the....... [more]

Venezuela will not hold a new election despite Chavez critical health
December 24, 2012
Venezuelan official stated on Saturday that the country will not be holding a new election, even if President Hugo Chavez is unable to take office on January 10 because of his cancer. Although there is a constitutional mandate that the President be sworn in on January 10, Chavez is currently recover....... [more]




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