Archive for February 27th, 2016

Cuba Denounces US Violation of WTO Resolutions

February 27, 2016

NYC Havana Blog

Cuba denounced today the US violations of the resolutions and recommendations of the Dispute Settlement Body (DSB) issued by the World Trade Organization (WTO).

Cuban ambassador to the United Nations office in Geneva, Anayansi Rodriguez addressed the issue by referring to the dispute “United States-Section 211 of the Omnibus Appropriations Act of 1998.”

Under this Section, the company Cubaexport was refused for many years a specific license to renew the registration of the Havana Club rum brand.

During the regular monthly meeting of the DSB, Rodriguez said the the Section 211 remains in force, unchanged, so the danger of cancellation of registration of the Havana Club trademark remains latent.

She remarked that even more important is the fact that this law prevents US courts recognition of Cuban trademarks and patents.

(Prensa Latina)

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Josefina Vidal: Blockade Against Cuba is Still Rigorously Applied

February 27, 2016

NYC Havana Blog

The Director General of the Department of the United States at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Josefina Vidal denounced today that the United States economic, commercial and financial blockade against Cuba continues to be applied rigorously.

In her profile of the social network Twitter (@JosefinaVidalF), Vidal reported a new fine by the US executive to a company for doing business with Cuban counterparts, an action that confirms the permanence of that policy, imposed for more than half a century.

The message shared in Spanish and English, leads to an official note of the Cuban Ministry, explaining the details of the latest sanction, the third one so far this year.

This time, the penalized company is Halliburton, a company dedicated to providing services in oilfields.

The penalty amounts to $304.706 USD and according to the report of the Office for Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) of the United States Treasury Department, it…

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