Research Blog by Jorge L. García Vázquez.How East Germany exported its repressive Stasi security system to Cuba:
"Havana-Berlin Connection: State Secrets and Notes on the Collaboration between the Stasi and MININT"
(East Germany had a major role in building up Cuban counterintelligence as well as its foreign intelligence services, providing training for decades ... right up to the final days of East Germany,” Chris Simmon, U.S. counterintelligence officer and expert on Cuban intelligence)
DEPARTMENT— The United States has dropped Cuba from its State Sponsor
of Terrorism list but the removal does not clear Havana of all U.S.
embargoes and statutory restrictions. The State Department announced
Friday that Cuba had been removed from the blacklist – a designation
that it shared with Iran, Syria and Sudan.
an April statement, Secretary of State John Kerry said “circumstances
have changed since 1982,” when Cuba was put on the list because of its
“efforts to promote armed revolution by forces in Latin America.”
Cuba still faces U.S. restrictions on transactions such as exports and
foreign trade because of other punitive measures that remain in place.
addition to the State Sponsor of Terrorism designation, there is a web
of restrictions and sanctions that have been applied over the years and
some of them are unrelated to the State Sponsor of Terrorism
designation,” said State Department spokesman Jeff Rathke.
Among them, is the Helms-Burton Act, which includes an embargo and other financial restrictions.
Mixed Views on significance of Cuba’s removal
removal from the list is largely symbolic, said William LeoGrande, a
Latin American politics professor at American University. “It is more
symbolic than it is practical in the sense that most of the sanctions
that fall upon a country that is on the terrorism list already apply to
Cuba because of the broader embargo,” he said. But he said the removal
was very important to Cuba, as Washington and Havana work to normalize