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Tuesday, 5 June 2012

The best legislation money can buy...

Mariel Port: Safe, enclosed and hurricane proof...

A new law in Florida that outlaws companies who do business in Cuba has come under fire from the Brazilian firm Odebrecht. It is suing the state governor Rick Scott on the basis that the law is unconstitutional (takes foreign policy out of the hands of the White House). Odebrecht is the company that is investing hundreds of millions in the redevelopment of the port of Mariel on Cuba's North West coast (pictured) and has recently agreed to salvage the Cuban sugar industry. It also has big contracts in Florida. You don't need to be a rocket scientist to work out that the law was cynically passed in order to punish Odebrecht and to try and force it to leave Cuba. Like the issue surrounding the controversial 'Bacardi protection act' that has allowed the Bahamas-based rum company to purloin the brand name Havana Club in the US, this is a story that is set to run and run.

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