A 34-year-old Parkville man was sentenced Monday to two years in prison for violating the 1995 U.S. trade embargo on Iran by setting up a company to export industrial goods to businesses there, federal prosecutors said.
It is wishful thinking to believe that the renewal of diplomatic relations with Cuba will lead to removal of the embargo. Only Congress can suspend the Helms-Burton Act — a law that requires a transition to democracy in Cuba, restitution of confiscated property of U.S. citizens and the absence from power of both Castro brothers.
Unfortunately, a group of 59 Senators, including Maryland's Ben Cardin, has introduced and is seeking a vote on a bill (S. 1881) that would impose further sanctions on Iran, reopen the terms of the first phase agreement and impose new and unrealistic restrictions on the comprehensive deal. The bill's authors claim their proposal for additional sanctions supports a diplomatic solution. As President Obama and the 10 Senate Democratic committee chairs have warned, it would not.
For the 22nd consecutive year, on Oct. 29, 2013, the U.S. government was again put to shame at the U.N. General Assembly where 188 countries voted to condemn the U.S. embargo of Cuba. The only two countries that supported the U.S. embargo are the U.S. and Israel – with the interesting fact that Israel has full economic and diplomatic relations with Cuba!
The alleged Iranian plot to assassinate the Saudi ambassador to Washington represents a dangerous escalation of Tehran's exporting of terrorist violence that demands the strongest possible response from the international community