Obama lifts sanctions on Cuban ministry that imprisons, tortures dissidents

Obama lifts sanctions on Cuban ministry that imprisons, tortures dissidents
Castro raises Obama's limp wrist (Image: YouTube screen grab, via New York Daily News)

[Ed. – Cuba’s Ministry of the Interior has long overseen the agencies that spy on Cuban dissidents and subject them, to this day, to the same brutality seen under the mass murderers Stalin, Mao, and Pol Pot.  Now the officials of these agencies can do business in the U.S., including running cash through our banks, obtaining cell phone service, etc.]

With little fanfare, the U.S. government recently amended regulations to allow Cuban government officials and members of the Communist Party to benefit from the softening of sanctions, including receiving cash remittances and other perks.

The new beneficiaries include members of the Cuban Ministry of the Interior (MININT), the Central Committee of the Communist Party (PCC) and other branches of the Cuban government.

The change is part of the new round of regulations announced last week by the Obama administration. …

As the updated Cuban Assets Control Regulations now stand, the prohibitions remain only for the members of the Politburo of the PCC, members of the Council of Ministers and high-ranking officials in the Cuban armed forces (FAR).

The category of “prohibited members” of the Cuban government and the Communist Party previously included members of MININT; the PCC secretaries and members of its Central Committee; members of Parliament; the Supreme Court; state media editors; deputy ministers and mid-level officials within the ministries; directors of companies and other state institutions; secretaries of the Confederation of Cuban Workers; and local chiefs of the Defense Committees of the Revolution (CDR).

These officials can now receive remittances without limits and take advantage of other benefits such as having their mobile phone accounts recharged from the U.S.

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