CNSC: Allow Cuba to Attend Summit of the Americas

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The following is a press release issued by the Caribbean Network for Solidarity with Cuba (CNSC) – Blogmaster


The US must not be allowed to exclude Cuba from the Summit of the Americas!

Speaking in Havana on April 25, Cuba’s foreign minister, Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla, denounced the efforts of the US government to exclude Cuba from participating in the upcoming 9th Summit of the Americas which is scheduled to take place in Los Angeles from 8-10 June 2022.

This summit, which is organised under the auspices of the US dominated Organisation of American States (OAS) and held every 3 years or so, claims to present an opportunity for leaders of the Americas and Caribbean to discuss and address key issues facing the countries of the region at both national and regional levels. Historically, as part of its policy to strangle and isolate Cuba, the US has excluded that country from participating in this event. However, at the 7th summit in Panama in 2015, the US was forced to accept Cuba’s participation when the countries which are members of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America (ALBA) threatened to boycott the event unless Cuba was invited. Therefore, Cuba participated in the 7th summit and also in the 8th summit in Peru in 2018, while Trump was president of the USA. Therefore, the current efforts by the Biden white house to exclude Cuba represent an even more extreme stand than that taken by Trump.

Foreign Minister Parilla pointed out that in preparation for the event in Los Angeles, action plans are secretly being drawn up on the key issues of health, migration and democracy and human rights which will be the focus of the summit. With regard to the issue of health in the region, he noted that, the US proposed ‘Plan of Action for Public Health and Resilience in the Americas up to 2030’ is a surreptitious, neo-liberal document which lacks the necessary cooperation and funding to enable it to address the structural causes of our region’s precarious public health systems and the tragic consequences of the extremely high number of deaths which result from this. He stated that despite US efforts to sabotage it, Cuba has played an exemplary international role and particularly so in our region, with regard to strengthening the provision of health services for the people. In this regard, he noted Cuba’s medical intervention during natural disasters and epidemics, the provision of tens of thousands of medical study grants for Latin American, Caribbean and American young people on low incomes, the existence of the Latin American School of Medicine (ELAM) in Havana and Operation Milagro which restored sight to millions of people on low incomes. In our region, it well understood that whereas the US sends troops, Cuba sends doctors. It is therefore inconceivable that Cuba’s voice should be excluded from any discussion on public health in the region.

The second important topic to be addressed at the summit is that of migration. Foreign Minister Parilla pointed out that in secret and behind the backs of the participants in the summit, the US has prepared a document entitled, ‘Letter of Understanding on Migration Management and Protection of Migrants’ which seeks to impose on the Latin American and Caribbean states an obligation to repress emigration and to absorb those migrants that the US decides to process beyond its shores. This approach reflects America’s racist, xenophobic and exploitative view of migrants from our region while making no attempt whatever to address the real causes of migration. He further explained that, at the same time, the US is creating maximum difficulties for Cuban travellers and migrants by requiring them to travel to “Guyana to obtain migrant visas” at an exorbitant cost and great inconvenience. The US has also cut off the routes to and from third countries, and followed a policy of imposing obstacles on transit countries and of reducing visas for Cuban citizens. Given this reality, it is unacceptable for the US to attempt to exclude Cuba’s voice from the discussion of emigration from the region.

The final important topic to be addressed at the summit is that of ‘democracy and human rights’. In this regard, the foreign minister noted that Washington’s idea is to have all elections in the region certified by the OAS. Given the US domination of that organisation, this proposal, which represents a flagrant violation of the sovereignty of the countries in the region, is intended to institutionalise the current practice in which the US arbitrarily gives itself the right to decide which elections are ‘free and fair’ and which are not. It therefore creates an institutional mechanism through which Washington will declare as ‘free and fair’ those elections which bring its agents and puppets to power, while condemning and delegitimising those in which the people vote for candidates not favoured by Washington. Cuba has an absolute right to have its voice heard on this issue.

The current efforts of the US government to exclude Cuba from the 9th Summit of the Americas are part and parcel of its tried and tested colonial policy of divide and rule. This destructive activity was on full display in 2020 when then Secretary of State, Michael Pompeo, bypassed CARICOM and invited his chosen group of Caribbean governments to meet him in Jamaica before inviting them to meet Trump in Florida. This ‘divide and rule’ strategy is aimed at weakening everyone in the region and must be resisted. CARICOM must make a clear and principled stand on this issue. It must demand that the US end its segregationist approach to the upcoming summit and facilitate the equal and full participation of all governments in the region who wish to attend, including Cuba. If the US government refuses to accept this demand, CARICOM member states should boycott the summit. Cuba is an important member of the Caribbean family whose contribution to the region is outstanding. CARICOM must stand in unity with Cuba.

Lift the blockade and let Cuba live!

Caribbean Network for Solidarity with Cuba (CNSC)

https://www.facebook.com/networkforsolidaritywithCuba/

@networkforsolidaritywithCuba

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  • CARICOM demand? What has CARICOM done in the past to help Cuba. They are weak and fear the ‘big brother’ to the North. The South Americans have more balls.

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  • @Dame Bajans

    To be fair some Caribbean islands have supported Cuba but as you opined, Caricom as the regional body has fallen short.

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  • MORE CUBA PROPAGANDA.

    DARK SKINNED PEOPLE IN CUBA ARE CATCHIG HELL.

    CUBA ALSO HAS NO FREE AND FAIR ELECTIONS

    LASTLY CUBA IS THE NORTH KOREA OF THE CARIBBEAN REGION

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  • CUBANS ARE BEATEN AND EVEN JAILED FOR LACK OF FREEDOM OF SPEECH OR EVEN SPEAKING OUT AGAINST GOVERNMENT

    CUBANS HAVE BEEN JAILED FOR TRYING TO LEAVE THEIR COUNTRY FOR A BETTER LIFE ABROAD.

    DOCTORS AND NURSES HAVE BEEN SENT TO WORK UNDER SLAVE WAGE CONDITIONS IN OTHER COUNTRIES WHILST THE CORRUPT DICTATORSHIP CUBAN GOVERNMENT COLLECTS CLOSE TO 90 PERCENT OF THEIR WAGES.

    YET IDIOTS WHO DON’T LIVE THERE UNDER INHUMANE RULSE ARE THE FIRST TO BRAY.

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  • YET IDIOTS WHO DON’T LIVE THERE UNDER INHUMANE RULE ARE THE FIRST TO BRAY.

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  • I have a fondness for the USA, but I have not allowed this to blind me to the wickedness that exist within our country. On many items, we (the US) started wrong and have changed our position with the passage of time. Therefore, on this matter with Cuba, one has to evaluate the situation and not get caught in an “US” or them position.

    For years, the US was wrong on South Africa. The divisions that Europe created when “colonizing’ Africa is now carried on some of the US foreign policies. The US preys on promising black leaders iregardless of where they live in the US or Africa. Indeed, when an African leader has been in office for an extended period of time, one can assume that middle finger of the USA is far up his rectum.

    The standard phrases do not apply here. What would be Cuba like if it complies with the US requests? Given the US history and policies I am not convinced that blacks will be better of.

    The Gazer

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  • Good comment @TheO

    Many commenting about Cuba do so from a narrow view. They forget what Cuba was isolated because it had the courage to reject the pillaging of their country by the USA. As a result of US retaliatory policies it became isolated and in a Cold War period developed an alliance with the Soviet Union. When the Soviet Union was dissolved Cuba was exposed to the geopolitics of the West. The irony is that China practices a similar system of government but retains preferred trade status with the US and western countries.

    Piss in the blogmaster’s pocket do!

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  • Many commenting about Cuba do so from a narrow view.

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    I HAVE LIVED IN SOUTH FLORIDA FOR SEVERAL YEARS WHILST TEACHING AND CAME INTO CONTACT WITH MANY CUBANS WHO FLED CASTRO DICTATORSHIP INCLUDING MANY FELLOW PROFESSORS..

    IN FACT THEY ARE TEN OF THOUSANDS WHO FLED CUBA LIVING IN THE MAIMI AREA.

    ARE THEIR VIEWS ALSO NARROW MINDED WHO RISK THEIR LIVES AT SEA FOR A BETTER FUTURE.

    OR IS THE NARROW MINDED INDIVIDUALS THE ONES WHO DIDN’T LIVE IN CUBA ALL THEIR LIVES BUT ARE MORE EXPERTS THAN THE HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS WHO FLED OR THE THOUSANDS OF MEN, WOMEN AND CHILDREN WHO LOSSED THEIR LIVES DROWNED AT SEA FLEEING THE DESPOTIC REGIME.

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  • The United Nations General Assembly has passed a resolution every year since 1992 demanding the end of the US economic embargo on Cuba, with the US and Israel being the only nations to consistently vote against the resolutions.2

    President Obama started a thaw in relations between the US and Cuba. Travel restrictions, cigar sales, financial transactions and more were started by BO. Are we witnessing a blatant message from the current President that he was not in favor of the overtures made by his boss at the time to mend fences with Cuba?

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  • President Obama started a thaw in relations between the US and Cuba. Travel restrictions, cigar sales, financial transactions and more were started by BO. Are we witnessing a blatant message from the current President that he was not in favor of the overtures made by his boss at the time to mend fences with Cuba?

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    100 PERCENT ON OBAMA ROLE.

    HOWEVER THERE WAS NO IMPROVEMENT ON THE PEOPLE LIVES IN CUBA OVERALL WITH THE CORRUPT LEADERS AND THEIR CRONIES THE BIGGEST BENEFACTORS.

    CRACKDOWNS ON THE PEOPLES LIMITED FREEDOM BECAME WORSE.

    SO INSTEAD OF CUBA PEOPLES LIVE IMPROVING AND LESS TRYING TO FLEE TO THE USA THE DRACION MEASURES GOT WORSE.

    WHICH IS WHY BIDEN WHO WAS VICE PRESIDENT UNDER OBAMA 2009 to 2017 AND WOULD HAVE HAD FIRST HAND INTELLIEGENCE OF WHAT WAS HAPPENING ON THE GROUND IN CUBA IS WARY OF DOING SAME AS OBAMA.

    PICK SENSE FROM NONSENSE.

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  • Biden dragging his feet has more to do with potential political fallout especially with the Democrat’s marginal hold on Congress and losing more in the senate.

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  • Biden dragging his feet has more to do with potential political fallout especially with the Democrat’s marginal hold on Congress and losing more in the senate.
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    Where do most Cuban live in the US?
    Florida
    Florida (1.53 million in 2017) has the highest concentration of Cuban Americans in the United States, standing out in part because of its proximity to Cuba, followed by California (110,702) POPULATION 40 MILLION, New Jersey (99,987) POPULATION 8.8 MILLION, Texas (86,183)POPULATION 29 MILLION and New York (78,478).POPULATION 8.4 MILLION
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    Most Cuban American voters identify as Republican in 2020
    BY JENS MANUEL KROGSTAD
    Unlike other Hispanic registered voters in the United States, most Cuban Americans identify as Republican – a pattern that could have electoral implications as President Donald Trump seeks to recapture the important swing state of Florida this year.

    A majority of Cuban American voters affiliate with the GOP in 2020
    Nationwide, 58% of Cuban registered voters say they affiliate with or lean toward the Republican Party, while 38% identify with the Democratic Party or lean Democratic, according to a Pew Research Center survey conducted July 27-Aug. 2. By comparison, around two-thirds of Hispanic voters who are not Cuban (65%) identify as or lean Democratic, while 32% affiliate with the Republican Party.
    https://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2020/10/02/most-cuban-american-voters-identify-as-republican-in-2020/

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    WITH THE EXCEPTION OF FLORIDA WHICH IS ALREADY A REPUBLICAN STATE CUBANS LIVING OUTSIDE OF FLORIDA ARE A VERY TINY PERCENTAGE OF VOTERS IN OTHER 49 STATES AND WOULD HAVE NO IMPACT LATER THIS YEAR ON US ELECTIONS IN OTHER STATES.

    PICK SENSE FROM NONSENSE.

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  • I have been to Cuba three times and from what I saw and my interaction with the natives, the blacks, whites and mixed are living under the same conditions. Barbadian left the island to better their lives too. Even I. Does that mean that we are saying ad things about the government and that we left because of the government? Most Cubans left because of the propaganda broadcast to the island from the US, telling them things they believe until they arrive and find differently.

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  • we left because of the government? Most Cubans left because of the propaganda broadcast to the island from the US, telling them things they believe until they arrive and find differently.

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    I CAN TELL THAT YOU DON’T LIVE IN THE USA AND SPEAK TO MANY CUBANS LIVING THERE.

    MOST WOULD LIKE TO BE IN CUBA HOWEVER THEY LIVE IN FREEDOM UNLIKE OTHERS LIVING IN CUBA.

    SECONDLY IN THE US THEY GET TO ENJOY THE THOUSANDS OF US DOLLARS THEY EARN MONTHLY COMPARED TO THE US$25 MONTHLY IN CUBA FOR THE MAJORITY.

    (Sorry investors, outside of the tourism business, Cuba’s economy isn’t that interesting and the purchasing power of the locals is a paltry $25 per person, per month)

    https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.forbes.com/sites/kenrapoza/2016/04/26/guess-how-much-cubans-earn-per-month/amp/

    YOU MAY HAVE VISITED CUBA 3 TIMES HOWEVER A CUBAN WOULD NEVER SHARE WITH YOU WHAT IS REALLY GOING ON BECAUSE THEY FEAR INFORMERS REPORTING THEM AND COULD BE IMPRISONED AS THOUSANDS CURRENTLY ARE.

    (1. Freedom of Expression. Cuba has restricted freedom of expression through the media for years. The Cuban government has heavy control over the content media outlets can broadcast.

    Freedom of Movement. In Cuba, citizens cannot move freely from one residence to another. They do not have permission to move to a new apartment or house, nor can they change their place of employment
    Due Process. Cubans lack the freedom to protest due to legal regulations. Consequences for minor offenses like public disorder, disrespect for authority and aggression stop people from protesting freely. When police forces can use these loose definitions of illegal activity to arrest protesters, freedom of expression and speech suffer.)

    https://borgenproject.org/tag/freedom-of-speech-in-cuba/

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  • Cubans may earn $24 per month. But….they do not pay rent, daycare, school fees, doctors or medicines. they do not pay bus fares and no taxes. This came from the mouths of Cubans living on the island, not the ones in the States getting paid by the CIA.

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  • Off topic
    How come the Minister of Home Affairs in Guyana is claiming that the Haitians requesting entry into that country used fake documents to enter Barbados and this was not flagged by the authorities in Barbados?

    There are two answers to that either the Minister is lying or the officials at the point of entry are incompetent.

    https://barbadostoday.bb/2022/04/30/home-affairs-minister-says-no-one-approached-guyana-authorities-on-behalf-of-haitians/

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  • . This came from the mouths of Cubans living on the island, not the ones in the States getting paid by the CIA.

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    LET’S DEAL WITH THE TRUTH AND NOT EMOTIONAL BULLSHIT.

    OVER 2 MILLION CUBANS LIVING IN THE USA ARE BEING PAID BY THE CIA AS DESCRIBED OR YOUR IRRATIONAL RESPONSE TO JUSTIFY YOUR FEEDBACK.

    SECONDLY WHEN I TAUGHT IN FLORIDA ALL FELLOW PROFESSORS WHETHER TENURED OR ADJUNCT MADE A MINIMUM OF US$50 PER HOUR.

    NONE WERE BEING PAID BY THE CIA.

    ARE YOU LIVING IN THE USA OR SOMEWHERE ELSE TO COME UP WITH THIS NONSENSICAL PROPOGANDA.

    NEVER LET TRUTH BECOME YOUR ENEMY.

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  • Cubans may earn $24 per month. But….they do not pay rent, daycare, school fees, doctors or medicines. they do not pay bus fares and no taxes.

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    SECONDLY IF CUBANS ARE LIVING SO SWEETLY WHY WOULD THEY STILL BE RISKING THEIR FREEDOM RIOTING, FLEEING FROM THE ISLAND ON MAKE SHIFT BOATS TO FLOW WITH MANY DROWNINGS IN 2022.

    A series of protests against the Cuban government and the ruling Communist Party of Cuba began on 11 July 2021, triggered by a shortage of food and medicine

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/2021_Cuban_protests

    YOU MUST ALSO WOULD HAVE LAST VISITED CUBA BEFORE 2012 SEE BELOW ARTICLE:

    HAVANA — Most Cubans have not paid taxes for half a century, but that will change under new regulations starting January 1 2013.

    The landmark move will change the relations of Cubans with their government and are a signal that market-oriented reforms are here to stay.

    https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/many-cubans-pay-taxes-first-time-half-century-flna1c7297603

    I ALWAYS DO MY RESEARCH INSTEAD OF LISTENING TO OTHERS WHO DON’T SPEAK FACTS AT ALL TIMES.

    PICK SENSE FROM NONSENSE

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    SECONDLY IF CUBANS ARE LIVING SO SWEETLY WHY WOULD THEY STILL BE RISKING THEIR FREEDOM RIOTING, WHILST FLEEING FROM THE ISLAND ON MAKE SHIFT BOATS TO FLORIDA WITH MANY DROWNINGS STILL IN 2022.

    ALSO THEY ARE ALSO TRYING TO CROSS FROM MEXICO IN RECORD NUMBERS IN 2022.

    Cubans arriving in record numbers along Mexico border

    MIAMI — Cuban migrants are coming to the United States in the highest numbers since the 1980 Mariel boatlift, arriving this time across the U.S. southern land border, not by sea.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/national-security/2022/04/07/cuba-migration-border-miami/

    UNFORTUNATELY YOUR RHETORIC DOESN’T MATCH WITH THE FACTS

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  • You can believe in your American propaganda. Sourced from American new media. Carry on smartly.

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  • You can believe in your American propaganda. Sourced from American new media. Carry on smartly.

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    I BELIEVE IN TRUTH AND FACTS.

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  • You and those Floridian Cubans have a lot in common. You left your countries and then turned around and have nothing good to say about them. YOU MAY HAVE THE LAST WORD. Point finale.

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  • You and those Floridian Cubans have a lot in common. You left your countries and then turned around and have nothing good to say about them. YOU MAY HAVE THE LAST WORD. Point finale.

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    HAPPY THAT YOU HAVE DECIDED TO NOT CONTINUE YOUR IGNORANCE.

    I POSTED AN ARTICLE A LITTLE WHILE AGO WHEN I SAW THE THE 2 X 3 ISLAND WAS DOING A JOINT VENTURE WITH GUYANA ON THE BLACK BELLY SHEEP.

    I COMMENTED WAS THE FIRST TIME I HAD SEEN ANY BLP OR DLP GOVERNMENT DONE ANY REAL DEVELOPMENT OF THE ISLAND INSTEAD OF BEGGING AND BEGGING.

    IF TELLING THE TRUTH AND SPEAKING FACTS MAKES ME LIKE A CUBAN LIVING IN THE US SO WHAT.

    I EMPLOY PEOPLE IN THE CARIBBEAN AND USA HELPING THEM AND THEIR FAMILIES LIVE A BETTER LIFE WHAT ARE YOU DOING?

    ENJOY YOUR DAY AND CUT OUT THE EMOTIONAL AND IRRATIONAL BULLSHIT.

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  • @Baje
    Writing in capital letters, claiming that your opinions are ‘truth and facts’ and that anybody that has a different opinion from yours is an idiot talking ’emotional and irrational bullshit’ is rather arrogant. You don’t have any monopoly on truth and facts in the world. Writing your opinion in capital letters and calling it truth and facts doesn’t change the fact that it is just your opinion. A little bit of humbleness in life is good. I’m sure you must know that there are more Cubans living in Cuba than in Florida and that’s a fact. Have you ever visited Cuba? Have you ever talked to Cubans who support the Cuban revolution and the political system in their country? Maybe this would help you to have a more balanced picture and make your contribution less emotional and irrational. Generally, this is how people who want to move from their own personal opinion on an issue and have a better uderstanding of the facts of the case approach things. You might want to try it. You may find that your personal opinion is a very long way from the truth and facts.

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  • TEE WHITE

    I MAY BE ARROGANT A TYPICAL LITTLE ISLAND PUT DOWN HOWEVER I AM NOT STUPID.

    YOU ARE ENTITLED TO YOUR EXPERT OPINION AND I AM ENTITILED TO MINE.

    BELOW IS AN ARTICLE FROM SOMEONE WHO HAS VISITED AND EXPERIENCED FIRST HAND IN CUBA THEY MAY ALSO BE TWISTED SINCE IT DOESN’T FIT YOUR NARRATIVE.

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    A Day in the Life of a Cuban

    In light of President Obama’s historic visit to Cuba this week, I wanted to weigh in with some of my own impressions of this island country. I visited Cuba earlier this month with a group from the University of Tampa, through its Global Access Partnership. This educational travel program is designed to provide a platform for UT’s community partners to experience the nuances of global markets and cultures firsthand so that we can confidently navigate the global business landscape.

    Meeting with Cuban Diplomats
    What an experience it was! We had the opportunity to meet with former Cuban diplomats and experts on US-Cuba relations, University of Havana professors and the capstone was a debriefing with Ambassador DeLaurentis, the Chief of the Mission for the United States Embassy. Our trip also included a day in the countryside visiting an organic farm as well as a local tobacco farm, experiencing a ballet by one of the Cuban premier ballet companies and a famous Cuban artist’s studio.

    While Cuban officials and some American politicians may be less ecstatic about the end of 55 years of political and economic estrangement, the Cubans are not. During our six-day trip, every Cuban I met was pro-American and welcomed the much anticipated influx of Americans and our money to their gorgeous wreck of an island.

    Cuban Government & Infrastructure Today
    Global Access Partnership from UT in Cuba
    The country remains a repressive Communist dictatorship, whose citizens heavily depend upon informal family networks and remittances (estimated at between $1.5 to $3 Billion per year) from the more than one million relatives who have fled to America, many of whom visited Cuba last year. The average Cuban earns $25 per month. Monthly food rations barely cover one third of the basic needs of a Cuban – could you survive each month with only 1 ½ pounds of chicken, beans and rice to eat? Yes, education and medical care are free, but housing and transportation are woefully inadequate. The water pipe system in Havana is so antiquated, it is estimated that one half of the water flowing through the pipes leaks out of the system. On average, every three days a building in Havana just crumbles.

    Despite Cuba’s breathtaking beauty, its hospitable people, stunning architectural heritage, miles of white sand beaches, vast, unspoiled countryside, picturesque mountain villages, and relative safety, the island’s tourism infrastructure – its hotels, roads, sewers, water and electricity – are woefully primitive. Cell phone service is spotty for the two carriers currently allowed in the country and despite advertisement of internet hot spots – actual internet usage is extremely limited. Infrastructure investment accounted for 1.6% of the country’s GDP. Although the literacy rate is among the highest in all of Latin and South America, internet use is estimated at 30%. The country is a dichotomy; much has been done to promote Cuban art and artists within the country and abroad. Havana has among the hemisphere’s largest stock of neoclassical and grand colonial structures with their open central courtyards surrounded by covered walkways. Yet there are no classes or studies in urban planning at the universities and most of these buildings are in terrible disrepair.

    https://www.links-financial.com/a-day-in-the-life-of-a-cuban/

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  • Baje,

    With all due respect, is it not the unreasonable American embargo that has caused all this decay? Cuba is no longer a threat to America, why this vindictiveness?

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  • The USA trades with Russia and China but not continues to crush Cuba!

    Why?

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  • What about the observation China is a favoured trading partner of the USA and also North Korea. Should it be mentioned that N Korea is on a US trade embargo list?

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  • Baje,

    With all due respect, is it not the unreasonable American embargo that has caused all this decay? Cuba is no longer a threat to America, why this vindictiveness?

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    CUBA COMMUNIST GOVERNMENT HAS HAD SEVERAL OPPORTUNITIES TO HAVE THE EMBARGO LIFTED INCLUDING RECENT UNDER OBAMA BUT INSTEAD WITH MORE MONEY FLOODING INTO THE COUNTRY AT THE TIME THE DICTATORSHIP MADE LIFE HARDER ON THE MASSES.

    IF CUBANS LIVING ON THE ISLAND HAD THE SAME FREEDOMS AS ANY CARIBBEAN ISLAND FOR ITS PEOPLE I WOULD BE ALL FOR IT.

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  • @ Baje
    I take it from your reply to my questions that:

    a) you have never visited Cuba

    b) you have made no effort to speak to Cubans who support the Cuban revolution so that you could form a more balanced opinion of what is going on in that country

    Instead, you have chosen to base your opinion on listening to one side of the argument, namely what you have been told by those Cubans in Florida who are hostile to the Cuban revolution. You can, of course, choose how you want to form your opinions but I think you would have to admit that if you base your opinion on only listening to what one side has told you, your opinion is likely to be a lot further away from the truth and the facts compared to someone who has actually made the effort to visit Cuba to see with their own eyes and have spoken to both those who support and oppose the revolution.

    For each article you send me written by a visitor to Cuba who attacks the Cuban revolution, I could send you 10 written by both visitors and people living in Cuba who support it. But I know this would make no difference. The issue isn’t really what you think about the political system in Cuba. There is not a political system anywhere in the world which doesn’t have people who support it and those who oppose it. For example, for some people, the USA is a bastion of democracy and a defender of human rights and freedom while for others it is an undemocratic corporate oligarchy, rooted in racist genocide, land theft and African enslavement, with the highest perentage in the world of its citizens in prison, which uses its considerable political, economic and military might to terrorise the rest of the world and steal their resources.

    The point is that given that we are some 7 billion people living on this planet in some 200 countries, the end of WW2 established the principle that the people in each country should be sovereign. That means that they and they alone should decide what kind of political and economic system they want to live under and should not be punished and harassed for their choice. But this is exactly what the USA has been doing to Cuba for the last 60 years. It has mounted an illegal blockade against that country with the stated aim of causing ordinary Cubans as much pain and suffering as would casue them to rise up against the government. This is what is criminal and needs to be condemned. Every year, the United Nations General Assembly votes in overwhelming numbers to call on the USA to end its policy of suffocating the Cuban people. This is a call that any human being with a conscience should support, iregardless of their personal opinions on the political system in that country.

    If as the rulers of the USA claim, the Cuban government is a dictatorship oppressing the Cuban people, then for sure they will overthrow it, just like they overthrew the dictatorship of Batista, like the Iranians overthrew the Shah’s dictator regime and like the people of South Africa brought down the apartheid regime. By the way, the USA supported all of those dictatorships.

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  • For once Talking Loud is Saying Something.

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  • Oops! It is actually Tee White.

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  • he point is that given that we are some 7 billion people living on this planet in some 200 countries, the end of WW2 established the principle that the people in each country should be sovereign. That means that they and they alone should decide what kind of political and economic system they want to live under and should not be punished and harassed for their choice. But this is exactly what the USA has been doing to Cuba for the last 60 years. It has mounted an illegal blockade against that country with the stated aim of causing ordinary Cubans as much pain and suffering as would casue them to rise up against the government

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    I AM NOT INTERESTED WHAT USA IS DOING TO CUBA.

    I AM INTERESTED WHAT CUBA IS DOING TO ITS PEOPLE

    The Cuban government continues to repress and punish dissent and public criticism. The number of short-term arbitrary arrests of human rights defenders, independent journalists, and others was lower in 2019 than in 2018, but remained high, with more than 1,800 arbitrary detentions reported through August. The government continues to use other repressive tactics against critics, including beatings, public shaming, travel restrictions, and termination of employment.

    https://www.hrw.org/world-report/2020/country-chapters/cuba

    Cuba: Peaceful Protesters Systematically Detained, Abused
    Arbitrary Detention, Ill-Treatment, Abusive Trials Affect Hundreds
    The Cuban government has systematically engaged in arbitrary detention, ill-treatment of detainees, and abuse-ridden criminal prosecutions in response to overwhelmingly peaceful anti-government protests in July 2021, Human Rights Watch said today. The consistent and repeated patterns of abuses by multiple security forces, in multiple locations across Cuba, strongly suggest a plan by Cuban authorities to repress and suppress the demonstrations.

    On July 11 thousands of Cubans took to the streets across the country in landmark demonstrations protesting longstanding restrictions on rights, scarcity of food and medicines, and the government’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic. Cuban authorities responded by arresting hundreds of protesters and bystanders, including well-known critics and ordinary citizens. Officers routinely subjected many of them to brutal abuses, including gender-based violence, in detention, and prosecuted dozens in trials that violated basic due process guarantees. At least one protester died. Hundreds remain in prison or under house arrest, including some children under age 18.

    https://www.hrw.org/news/2021/10/19/cuba-peaceful-protesters-systematically-detained-abused

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  • TEE WHITE YOU AND DAME BAJAN CAN LEAVE THE COMFORT OF YOUR HOMES INSTEAD OF BEING HYPOCRITS AND LIVE LIKE CUBANS ON THE ISLAND DO WITHOUT MONIES BEING SENT FROM ABROAD WHILST LIVING UNDER THE SAME CONDITIONS AND US$25 MONTHLY INSTEAD OF TALKING SHIT FROM THE COMFORT OF ANOTHER COUNTRY.

    HAVE A GREAT DAY WE CAN AGREE TO DISAGREE.

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  • For example, for some people, the USA is a bastion of democracy and a defender of human rights and freedom while for others it is an undemocratic corporate oligarchy, rooted in racist genocide, land theft and African enslavement, with the highest perentage in the world of its citizens in prison, which uses its considerable political, economic and military might to terrorise the rest of the world and steal their resources.

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    ALL OF THIS MAY BE TRUE HOWEVER IN THE USA NO MATTER WHETHER REPUBLICANS OR DEMOCRATS AS THE GOVERNMENT I CAN SPEAK UP FREELY AGAINST THAT GOVERNMENT LOUDLY WITH NO FEAR OF ARREST OR BEING IMPRISONED ONCE I AM NOT INVOLVED IN A VIOLENT OR TERRORIST ACT.

    I CAN ALSO MARCH IN PROTEST AGAINST ANY US GOVERNMENT.

    LEAVE THE COUNTRY ANYTIME I WANT.

    YOU WANT TO SPEAK FOR ME I DON’T LIVE IN A BUBBLE LIKE YOU OR ANYONE ELSE FOR THAT MATTER.

    I WAS IN THE US AIRFORCE DURING A WAR AND AS A YOUND LEADER OF AIRMEN AND AIRWOMEN UNDER ME I TOLD MY COMMANDER THAT IF I WAS DEPLOYED I WOULD REFUSE TO GO TO THAT WAR BECAUSE I DIDN’T AGREE WITH THE STATED REASONS BY THE PRESIDENT AT THAT TIME.

    I SAID TO MY COMMNDER THAT THAT I DIDN’T OWN GAS STATIONS AND IT SEEMED MORE TO ME IT WAS AN ECONOMIC WAR RATHER THAN WE LIBERATING PEOPLE AS HAD BEEN STATED.

    I COULD HAVE BEEN COURT MARTILED FOR INSUBORDINATION, HOWEVER BEHIND CLOSED DOORS IN HIS OFFICE MY COMMANDER A COLONEL AT THE TIME A WHITE MAN SHOOK HIS HEAD AND TOLD ME HE UNDERSTOOD WHERE I STOOD.

    I DON’T FOLLOW THE GROUP BLINDLY.

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  • Tell it to the BLACK people hunted and killed by the US system. Defining freedom can be messy.

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  • Tell it to the BLACK people hunted and killed by the US system. Defining freedom can be messy.

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    IN THE US THERE ARE INJUSTICES EVERYDAY BY THE POLICE TO BOTH BLACK AND WHITE.

    DON’T AGREE WITH IT ALONG WITH THE ONGOING RACISM.

    THAT DOESN’T EXCUSE WHAT IS GOING ON IN CUBA.

    TWO WRONGS DOESN’T MAKE IT RIGHT.

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  • @Baje
    From your comments, it seems to me you have a highly distorted and inaccurate picture of life in Cuba which you have developed based on what the Cubans in Florida who hate the revolution have fed to you. You have never visited the country, you have never made any effort to talk to Cubans who support the revolution but yet you are convinced you know how the political system in that country works. You are like someone who is convinced that the earth is flat and nothing that anybody tells you can change your mind. The idea you have that Cubans repress any citizen who is critical of the government is simply a propaganda talking point from the US government. Last year, when there were the demonstrations in Cuba, the president himself went to the streets to meet and talk with the demonstrators. He acknowledged the validity of many of their grievances and explained what the government was doing to try to address them. A friend of mine who recently returned from Cuba met people there who are critical of the government and nothing happens to them. Of course, those Cubans who, during the demonstrations, engaged in violent acts against people and property are charged, brought to court and punished. But this happens all over the world.

    What you are mixing up is when the US government is organising and mobilising people in Cuba not to speak out and give their opinions about the problems in the country but actually to overthrow the government. Whether you believe it or not, any government which feels threatened by activity it feels is designed to overthrow it will react harshly. In fact it is normal in all countries for it to be illegal to advocate the overthrow of the government. This is illegal in the USA too. How the US government reacts when it feels threatened can be seen in what it did to the Black Power movement. Many of the members of this movement were literally executed in cold blood by the US government while many others were sentenced to 40 and 50 years imprisonment. Some of these people are only just coming out of prision now as old men. If the powerful US reacts in such a way to this threat, how would you expect the Cubans to react when they are faced by the most powerful country in the world which has the stated intention to overthrow their government especially when they have seen with their own eyes the US overthrow governments in all corners of the world and slaughter millions of innocent people in achieving its goals?

    Cubans are free to leave Cuba if they want and I have met many Cubans living across the Caribbean. With regard to Cuban immigration to the USA, it is the US which puts obstacles in the path of Cubans leaving the island legally for the USA, since they want to use even this issue to destabilise Cuba. Cuba is a poor Caribbean country, like the rest of us in this region and Latin America, and we have been allocated the place of being the exploited poor within the global capitalist system. I guess that’s why you no longer live in Barbados. Human rights in Cuba is on a par or better than most countries. As Dame Bajan pointed out the fundamentals of food clothes and shelter are guaranteed to all Cubans and they have easily the best health care system in the region. They have achieved all this despite the 60 year long blockade and economic strangulation by the USA. When I was in Cuba a few years ago, Cubans I talked to complained to me about how low their wages were but I had to laugh when they started telling me about the costs of basic things like housing and nursery places for their children and, of course, health care is totally free.

    What the Cubans are saying to the USA is simply leave us alone. Stop trying to overthrow our government. Stop strangling us economically because we are confident that if you do this we can solve our problems and significantly improve the quality of life for ordinary Cubans. Why is this so difficult to understand and support?

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  • What the Cubans are saying to the USA is simply leave us alone. Stop trying to overthrow our government. Stop strangling us economically because we are confident that if you do this we can solve our problems and significantly improve the quality of life for ordinary Cubans. Why is this so difficult to understand and support?

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    NO NEED TO CONVINCE ME AT ALL.

    THEY ARE PEOPLE IN NORTH KOREA WHO BELIEVE EVERY PROPOGANDA THAT IS PUT OUT BY THEIR REPRESSIVE GOVERNMENT EVEN THOUGH MANY LIVE IN THE DARK AGES AND ARE CLOSE TO DEATH BY STARVATION.

    I HAVE A BLACK AMERICAN COLLEAUGE WHO NOW LIVES IN DOMINCA REPUBLIC (DR) WHO LIVED FOR 3 YEARS IN CUBA AND WHO ENJOYED LIVING IN CUBA BECAUSE HE WAS HAVING MONEY SENT FROM THE USA MONTHLY SO HE LIVED LIKE A KING INCLUDING ENJOYING THE BEAUTIFUL SENORITAS.

    HOWEVER WHAT HE SHARED FROM GETTING TO KNOW THE LOCALS WAS IN LINE WITH WHAT I HEARD FROM CUBANS LIVING IN THE USA.

    HE WOULD NOT HAVE LIVED IN CUBA IF HE DIDN’T HAVE ACCESS TO OVERSEAS FUNDS, HOWEVER BEING AN AMERICAN GAVE HIM FREEDOMS TO MOVE AROUND THAT LOCAL CUBANS DIDN’T HAVE.

    HE SPEAKS BOTH ENGLISH AND SPANISH FLUENTLY SO IF I WAS TO BE CONVINCED OF YOUR ARGUMENT IT WOULD BE THROUGH HIM HOWEVER HIS STORY IS VERY DIFFERENT FROM YOURS.

    WHY HE LEFT LIVING IN CUBA AFTER 3 YEARS TO RETURN TO THE USA AND SEVERAL YEARS LATER THE DR BECAUSE HE ENJOYED BEING WITH AND MEETING THE LOCALS IT WAS THE DRACONIAN RESTRICTIONS AND LACK OF PERSONAL FREEDOMS MANY PEOPLE HE BEFRIENDED HAD TO LIVE UNDER WHICH HE DIDN’T HAVE TO DO SO ON THE ISLAND.

    HE KNEW WHAT NORMAL FREEDOM WAS BECAUSE HE LIVED IN AMERICA AND BELIZE SO COULD MAKE A CLEAR DISTINCTIVE COMPARISON .

    AGAIN WE CAN AGREE TO DISAGREE.

    I DON’T HAVE TO GO TO CUBA TO HAVE AN UNDERSTANDING SAME AS MANY OTHERS WHO COMMENT ON CHINA, RUSSIA, USA ETC AND HAVE NEVER VISITED.

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  • North Korea: Inside the Mind of a Dictator

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  • Biden reverses Trump policies related to Cuba, making it easier for families to visit relatives in country

    https://www.cnn.com/2022/05/16/politics/cuba-joe-biden/index.html

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  • Cuba and Venezuela get much-needed eases from US

    Just a week ago, United States President Joe Biden announced plans to ease tough sanctions imposed on Cuba and Venezuela.
    For Cuba, this includes expanding flights, easing travel restrictions, and lifting limits on sending remittances to people on the Spanish-speaking Caribbean island. The US is also increasing consular services and re-establishing a family reunification programme suspended in 2017.
    As it relates to Venezuela, the Biden administration moved to ease some economic sanctions to encourage further discussions between Maduro and Venezuela’s opposition. The changes will also allow for US oil company Chevron to begin talks with the government in Caracas over potentially restarting oil production.
    Two Democratic contenders challenging Florida’s Republican Governor Ron DeSantis, Charlie Crist and Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried, supported Biden’s moves. Crist said it could be a “game-changer for freedom and democracy in Cuba,” while Fried said she supports the “relentless pursuit of greater connectivity to, from and among the Cuban people”.
    These words resonate with us.
    It is no secret that former US President Barack Obama was hopeful that Cuba relations would be better than they were decades ago.
    However, in his quest to ease Cuba, he seemed likely to hurt his party. The Democrats repeatedly said that they would not shape their foreign policy based on what plays best politically. That has left them navigating the political trouble that looms. The area is home to a huge concentration of Hispanic voters and Latin American exiles who fled Colombia, Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela.
    Some Democrats note that Clinton won the Hispanic-rich regions of the state by wide margins in 2016 despite the fact that President Barack Obama loosened restrictions and became the first sitting US president to visit the island since 1959.
    “Obama ran on opening up travel to Cuba and easing restrictions on remittances,” said Steve Schale, a Democratic consultant who ran Obama’s Florida campaign and now works closely with Biden.
    Cubans have weighed in on how they felt Biden’s latest decision would positively affect them and, by extension, their country. For the most part, they are happy.
    Cuba’s economy was devastated by the loss of tourism caused by the pandemic and by Donald Trump’s tougher sanctions. Fewer people now have a proper disposal income.
    The visa ease granted by the US will directly impact on the quality of living for many.
    While there are no official figures on how much money family and friends abroad send to Cubans, the Miamibased Havana Consulting Group estimated it reached $3.7 billion in 2019 — with a similar value arriving in the luggage of visitors bringing food, household supplies, small appliances, tires and the like. Much arrived in the wallets and handbags of travellers. But for years, Cuban- Americans also could send Western Union transfers to relatives on the island.
    News reports state that about 400 000 Cuban-Americans visited the island in 2018 and more than 500,000 in 2019.
    In addition, a half million other US visitors came in 2018.
    By 2021, remittances had fallen to about $1 billion, the Consulting Group calculated, and overall US visitors dropped to just 60,000, according to government figures.
    We are happy to see the US rectify at least one major ill against our two neighbouring countries and we hope even more restrictions will be lifted in the future. Whatever the political troubles, these harsh measures only serve to hurt the citizens.

    Source: BT

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