U.S. Lifting Sanctions on Cubans- But Only Dead Ones

By Stephen Levy

The Treasury Department lifted sanctions on 45 entities related to Cuba on March 24thaccording to Reuters, but few of them were still functioning. The Treasury Department said that the adjustments to the Specially Designated Nationals List were not driven by recent moves by the Obama Administration to improve relations with Havana. Instead, it was merely to update the SDN List. Two of the people removed from the list had been executed in 1989 by the Cuban government, raising questions about how often the Treasury actually analyses the SDN List.  Additionally, the lifting of any sanctions, regardless of the fact that most of them are either dead people and sunk ships, will likely raise eyebrows among the Cuban population in the United States.