Category: Cuba

Biden Should Make Normalizing Relations With Cuba “A Priority” | The Smirking Chimp

Biden would do well to heed the warning and with the stroke of a pen, lift trade and travel restrictions and allow unrestricted remittances. These measures would quickly infuse more money into Cuba’s economy and alleviate the needless suffering Cubans are experiencing at the hands of an administration that does not consider the well-being of 11 million Cubans “a priority.”

Source: Biden Should Make Normalizing Relations With Cuba “A Priority” | The Smirking Chimp

Hunger as a Weapon: How Biden’s Inaction Is Aggravating Cuba’s Food Crisis | The Smirking Chimp

There is no excuse for delay. No long, drawn out policy review is needed to recognize that there is a food crisis in Cuba due in part to U.S. policies, and that helping alleviate it is a moral obligation—an extension of the responsibility to protect. Moreover, these are actions Biden promised he would take during the presidential campaign. Every day he delays is another day that Cubans go hungry.

Source: Hunger as a Weapon: How Biden’s Inaction Is Aggravating Cuba’s Food Crisis | The Smirking Chimp

Why Does Washington Keep Punishing Cuba? | The Smirking Chimp

For sixty years the US punishment policy has been inflicted on Cuba, a small Caribbean island some 90 miles from Florida which has been malevolently victimised by successive administrations — bar one — in Washington.

Source: Why Does Washington Keep Punishing Cuba? | The Smirking Chimp

Cuban doctors arrive in Panama to boost COVID fight | Coronavirus pandemic News | Al Jazeera

Cuban medical personnel arrive at Tocumen International Airport in Panama City, on December 24 [Aeropuerto Tocumen/AFP]
Trump sanctions Cubans and makes them suffer for Florida votes

Panama’s health ministry has said more than 200 Cuban doctors arrived on Thursday morning to reinforce the Central American nation’s healthcare system and help in the battle against the COVID-19 pandemic.

Cuban doctors arrive in Panama to boost COVID fight | Coronavirus pandemic News | Al Jazeera

Lessons From Cuban Police | The Smirking Chimp

Contrary to the image of brutal and repressive communists, police in Cuba offer an instructive example for activists in the United States. Police live in the cities they patrol. They generally treat citizens with respect. As I documented in my book Dateline Havana, police beatings of criminals are rare and police murders are nonexistent. Cuba has one of the lowest crime rates in Latin America.

via Lessons From Cuban Police | The Smirking Chimp

Leading by Example: Cuba in the Covid-19 Pandemic – CounterPunch.org

The response of socialist Cuba to the global SARS-CoV2 pandemic has been outstanding both domestically and for its international contribution. That a small island nation, subjected to hundreds of years of colonialism and imperialism and, since the Revolution of 1959, six decades of the criminal United States blockade, can play such an exemplary role is due to Cuba’s socialist system. The central plan directs national resources according to a development strategy which prioritises human welfare and community participation, not private profit.

Leading by Example: Cuba in the Covid-19 Pandemic – CounterPunch.org

We Should Applaud the Cuban Health System — and Learn From It

Despite 60+ years of blockade by America Cuba’s health system runs rings over Americas.

They called it internationalism and said it was their revolutionary duty to repay their debt to society. They quoted Che Guevara: “The life of a single human being is worth a million times more than all the property of the richest man on earth.”

via We Should Applaud the Cuban Health System — and Learn From It

Cuba’s Welcome to a Covid-19-Stricken Cruise Ship Reflects a Long Pattern of Global Humanitarian Commitment | The Nation

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While America Sanctions, Cuba Assists (ODT)

Cuba’s Welcome to a Covid-19-Stricken Cruise Ship Reflects a Long Pattern of Global Humanitarian Commitment | The Nation

US bans cruise ship travel to Cuba amid new restrictions – BBC News

A man holds a Cuban flag with a cruise ship in the background

In a statement, US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross added: “Cuba remains communist, and the United States, under the previous administration, made too many concessions to one of our historically most aggressive adversaries.”
Media caption Life after Castro – ‘We have to continue the revolution’

Cuban Minister of Foreign Affairs Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla, who travelled to Washington in 2015 to re-open the Cuban embassy, criticised the latest move as “an attack on international law”, adding that it was “aimed at suffocating” the country’s economy.
The White House announced in April that Cuban-Americans and US businesses could sue companies who use or own property that was seized from Americans during the 1959 Cuban Revolution.

The US is the most aggressive Country on the planet with a military presance in 164 different nations. It has a secret deployment of 59,000 troops being paid but unaccounted for in places unknown. Currently it’s cosing up to far greater and mor serious dictatorships both Right and left far more aggresive than CUBA. Nth Korea Saudi Arabia Egypt, Ukraine, Hungary Israel etc. American surveillance is the biggest on the planet despite the fact they are the worst. (ODT)

How many does Cuba have other than Doctors, Health professionals and teachers. This is an embargo that has been in effect for over 60 years why. To protect the US Health and Pharma Industries for one. American companies would flood to Cuba if the embargo was lifted along with consumers. (ODT

US bans cruise ship travel to Cuba amid new restrictions – BBC News

Cuba snubs Trump’s anti-socialist crusade with massive constitution vote — RT Op-ed

Cuba snubs Trump’s anti-socialist crusade with massive constitution vote

“Today, we went out en masse as Cubans to the polls, but we also cast a vote to be a better country and I think at this moment, the world needs it,” Lopez Labrada said.

As optimistic as Cubans are about the steps taken with a new constitution, many are aware that they may have to rely on their past in order to secure their future.

via Cuba snubs Trump’s anti-socialist crusade with massive constitution vote — RT Op-ed

US imperialism intensifies hostility towards Cuba

Leading figures in the Trump administration have described Cuba as a serious national security threat to the United States in a further return to Cold War rhetoric.

While Cuba has remained a preoccupation for the US intelligence services for sixty years, the Trump administration is clearly aiming at escalating diplomatic hostilities between Washington and Havana.

via US imperialism intensifies hostility towards Cuba

“Sonic Attacks” in Cuba: Who Benefits?

Consider this. The United States government doesn’t know who’s responsible for the so-called acoustic attacks on its embassy personnel in Havana. Then consider this. Cuban president Raúl Castro didn’t simply claim his government had nothing to do with the incidents, he did the unthinkable and invited the FBI to investigate. FBI agents haven’t been able to figure it out. Neither have American acoustics specialists or medical experts. Even Canada’s Mounties, whose own diplomats reported similar attacks, are stymied.    More

Source: “Sonic Attacks” in Cuba: Who Benefits?

US orders over half of Havana embassy staff to leave over ‘specific attacks’

The United States has ordered 60 per cent of its staff to leave the US Embassy in Havana because of “specific attacks” on diplomats.

I don’t believe it do you ? This is a story coming from a government that once thought of putting a cream in Fidel’s shoes that would vapourize  and have his beard fall out in order to destroy his charisma . A government that has had a 50 year trade embargo on Cuba that impoverished it. Yet Cuba remains the first nation to send Doctors and engineers and others to help when disaster hits nations other than itself. Cuba has some 3000 people in its jails and is accused of being harsh. How many millions languish in American jails a  a poverty and racist business you can invest in on Wall st? (old dog)

Source: US orders over half of Havana embassy staff to leave over ‘specific attacks’

Trump and his Cuban promises | Cuba | Al Jazeera

Obama came and went, the baseball game was a success, and within weeks the Jose Marti International Airport in Havana became as congested as any airport can be, largely thanks to the several new flights arriving from the United States on a daily basis. Havana and the rest of the island saw an almost immediate economic boom, chiefly fuelled by American tourists arriving in droves, to bathe in the sun of Cuba’s Caribbean beaches and to degust mojitos and daiquiris in their places of birth. All appeared to be rosy. Then, Trump happened.

Source: Trump and his Cuban promises | Cuba | Al Jazeera

Cubans see opportunities and risks in post-Fidel era – RN – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Cuba’s embrace of tourism and development offers enormous economic opportunities but threatens the island’s egalitarian ethos.

Source: Cubans see opportunities and risks in post-Fidel era – RN – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Ten of Fidel Castro’s Mistakes which Socialists Shouldn’t Repeat – Havana Times.org

In the wake of Fidel Castro’s death, many people are writing about his revolutionary legacy for the Left and socialism on the whole. The most important part of this legacy is the following 10 serious mistakes he made which should not be repeated by socialists if they hope to contribute to social progress.

Source: Ten of Fidel Castro’s Mistakes which Socialists Shouldn’t Repeat – Havana Times.org

Reflections on Fidel, Cuba, Internationalism and Tamils – Havana Times.org

My rebirth from being a US Dreamer to an internationalist occurred because of the Cuban revolution, because of what Fidel and Che taught me when I was an airman “defending” the United States against all the bad guys.

Source: Reflections on Fidel, Cuba, Internationalism and Tamils – Havana Times.org

Ordinary Cubans fear life after Fidel Castro with Donald Trump next door | The Independent

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From the Bay of Pigs invasion to a historic visit by President Barack Obama to Havana, Cubans have known for generations that whenever the United States turns its face to Cuba, Fidel Castro would be staring right back. But the death of “El Comandante” has added to worries among Cubans that US President-elect Donald Trump will slam the door shut on nascent trade and travel ties, undoing two years of detente with the United States under Mr Obama. Many Cubans believe they could do with their late leader’s charisma and way with words to counter Mr Trump’s bombast.

Source: Ordinary Cubans fear life after Fidel Castro with Donald Trump next door | The Independent

Donald Trump: Fidel Castro is dead! – CNNPolitics.com

President-elect Donald Trump took to Twitter initially on Saturday to react in only four words to Fidel Castro’s death before issuing a longer statement condemning the “brutal dictator” and yearning for a free Cuba.

Source: Donald Trump: Fidel Castro is dead! – CNNPolitics.com

Steve Wasserman: Reflections on the Death of Fidel – Truthdig

All previous socialist revolutionaries had seemed grimly puritanical; by contrast, Castro’s barbudos appeared almost to be bohemians with guns. Democracy and radical reform were poised to replace dictatorship and social misery.

Source: Steve Wasserman: Reflections on the Death of Fidel – Truthdig

On Their Own Terms: Remembering History in a Changing Cuba – New Matilda

Cuba is a nation facing rapid change. Researchers Shannon Brincat and Samid Suliman found a people proud of their past, and optimistic about their future. The 7th Congress of the Communist Party of Cuba was recently held amidst a profound period of change for the Cuban people. The most significant outcome was the promise ofMore

Source: On Their Own Terms: Remembering History in a Changing Cuba – New Matilda

Cuba for sale: ‘Havana is now the big cake – and everyone is trying to get a slice’ | Cities | The Guardian

Property developers are queuing up to pounce as Cuba opens its doors to the world. Proposals for Havana’s old harbour are described as ‘Las Vegas meets Miami in the Caribbean’. So can the city cope with the commercial storm ahead?

Source: Cuba for sale: ‘Havana is now the big cake – and everyone is trying to get a slice’ | Cities | The Guardian

Does the diplomatic thaw mean the end of old Havana? Cuban urban architect Miguel Coyula discusses the potential cultural impact of likely foreign investment in the capital.

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Cuba has been shielded by urban development for more than 50 years, largely as a result of a trade embargo imposed by the US.

Most of the capital Havana was built in the first half of the 20th century, and the city’s unspoiled, historic urban character – often described as being frozen in time – is not only beloved by the Cuban people but also closely interlinked with the nation’s identity.

When you talk to people, … and you ask them, Why are you visiting Havana? The common answer is, I want to see it now. … I want to see the real Havana. … So they share the fear that Havana could be gone and all this magic could be gone.

Miguel Coyula, urban architect

But now, Cuba finds itself in uncharted territory.

Al Jazeera’s Nick Clark travels to Havana as the country prepares to normalise relations with the US, encountering a mix of optimism, nervousness and concern about what the impact will be.

He speaks to Miguel Coyula, an urban architect, who is consumed by the question of whether his Havana will survive. Can it handle the potential onslaught of tourists and investments that are lining up? And should everyone who wants to come to Cuba be allowed to?

Coyula discusses the crossroads that Cuba finds itself at – will the country’s rich culture, which includes a tradition of ballet and opera, and its urban identity become something unrecognisable, or will it be preserved through improvement?

He talks about how the embargo acted as an unexpected filter for the kind of tourists who visited over the last five decades and takes us through the streets of Havana to point out how small investments have already started changing the face of the city.

Changing face of Cuba

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For over 50 years Cubans have endured enmity and a trade embargo, and are now set for closer US ties.

Saif Khalid | 20 Jul 2015

Havana, Cuba – The United States of America has finally revived diplomatic relations with the neighbouring island nation of Cuba after more than five decades.

The communist nation was kept on a tight leash by the world’s most powerful nation, since severing of diplomatic ties in 1961 nearly two years after the Cuban revolution brought Fidel Castro to power.

Cuba, a nation of about 11 million people, endured nearly half-a- century of enmity, crippling trade embargo, and American spy plots.

It was cut off from international trade but Cubans learned to live with limited resources.

Despite the odds, the country developed one of the finest healthcare systems in the world.

Art and culture, particularly music, also flourished under communist rule. In spite of sanctions, Cuba managed to attract international tourists on the back of its rich cultural heritage and pristine beaches.

Nearly two million tourists visited the island in the first six months of this year, bringing billions of dollars into the country.

Booming tourism has offered Cubans an extra income that they could not have dreamt of with low-paying government jobs. Waiters are one of the biggest earners compared to much-respected professions of medicine and teaching that pay as low as $40 a month.