Cuba Embargo Hits American Express with $5,200,000 Fine


By Circles Robinson

HAVANA TIMES — American Express was fined $5.2 million dollars for violating the US travel ban on Cuba for ordinary citizens, dpa reported on Monday.

The settlement reached involved the sales of 14,487 plane tickets that would be business as usual with any other country.

The US Treasury’s Foreign Assets Control Office accused the corporation for selling the tickets to and from Cuba that were not for US citizens with special permission to travel to the island.

The Cuba travel ban is part of the US embargo policy that for over a half century has tried to debilitate the Cuban government through commercial, economic and financial sanctions.

“The apparent violations caused significant harm to the U.S. sanctions program objectives regarding Cuba,” the Treasury Department said in announcing the settlement.

The US embargo, called a blockade by Cuba, has been condemned by wide margins for 21 straight years at the United Nations (188-3 in 2012). However the resolution has no enforcement teeth and several US administrations have simply ignored it.

10 thoughts on “Cuba Embargo Hits American Express with $5,200,000 Fine

  • October 2, 2017 at 9:56 pm

    I don’t know what book you’re reading, but “genocide” is defined differently in mine.

    Terrible? Yes. Genocide? No.

  • July 29, 2013 at 12:36 pm

    Griffin, the realty is that US citizens that are not Cuban-Americans cannot just buy a plane ticket and head to Cuba because the US government requires they hold a license from the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC). This fact makes tens of thousands of US citizens choose each year from breaking the law they consider unjust or travel on a very expensive group tour to Cuba where the organizer has the coveted licence. There is no problem on Cuba’s part, the more than “certain restrictions” are all Washingtons. Likewise the US government charges an outrageous $160 for an application form and then turns down most requests from Cubans to visit the US. On the other hand these days very few Cubans cannot leave the country, this includes even the famous dissidents. Another key problem for Cubans visiting abroad is the cost of air fare, greatly higher than it would be if the half century US embargo was lifted and the travel ban rescinded.

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