Trumps anti-Cuba policy should be condemned

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The latest rollback of the Obama presidency’s easing of relations with Cuba as a deepening of the blockade, now in place for 54 years, should be condemned.

The latest rollback of the Obama presidency’s easing of relations with Cuba as a deepening of the blockade, now in place for 54 years, should be condemned.
Every president since Kennedy in 1963 has aimed to overthrow the Cuban revolution.
Obama’s shift in relations was a step forward but still had the open aim of fostering dissent within Cuba while keeping the blockade in place and Guantanamo occupied.
Trump’s June 16 speech signalled a ban on U.S citizens patronising Cuba’s state-owned hotels, restaurants and tour buses because the GAESA conglomerate that runs them has links to Cuba’s armed forces and Ministry of the Interior. 
Trump also vowed that the U.S. government will police other trips to ensure travellers are pursuing a “full-time schedule of educational exchange activities.” Only travel with an organised group will be allowed and the purpose of the trip will be more strictly policed. Trump also vowed to review all government programmes directed against Cuba, to supposedly ensure their effectiveness.
Once implemented, Trump’s policy is expected to create a maze of rules for American tourists to obey. At least 140,000 U.S citizens visit Cuba each year out of around 4 million tourists.
The roll-back is only partial. Diplomatic relations will remain in place and commercial air and sea links will be exempted from the new restrictions. Cuban-Americans will still be able visit and send remittances back to their families.
Cuba’s Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla, Minister of Foreign Relations of Cuba, condemned Trump’s measures, which were announced and signed off in a theatre named after Manuel Artime, civilian leader of the failed Bay of Pigs invasion.
“It was a grotesque Cold War-era spectacle, made before a small audience, composed of old henchmen and thieves of the Batista dictatorship, mercenaries from the Playa Girón brigade, terrorists, demagogues and ‘lackeys’”, he said.
President Trump greeted several of these individuals by name, and was surrounded or accompanied by others at the time of the signing. These included a terrorist arrested in 1995 in California, with an arsenal of weapons to be used to commit violent actions and who was implicated in an assassination attempt on President Fidel Castro in 1997. Another was part of a 1974 armed infiltration in Cuba; a third was the author of terrorist actions and pirate attacks at sea on Cuban fishing boats, between 1972 and 1975.
Also present was the spouse of a sergeant who committed acts of torture during the Batista dictatorship, and one of those responsible for financing the planting of bombs at tourist locations in Cuba which exploded in 1997, as revealed by infamous terrorist Posada Carriles in an interview with the New York Times. Posada Carriles was the author of the mid-flight bombing of a Cubana de Aviación civilian aircraft in 1976, the first terrorist act against an aircraft in flight.
Trump was open at the event about rewarding congressmen Rubio and Diaz-Balart, who helped him narrowly win in South Florida.
Bruno Rodriguez also pointed to Trump’s hypocrisy for calling on Cuba to improve human rights, saying the U.S. government “is threatening more limits on health care that would leave 23 million people without insurance … and marginalises immigrants and refugees, particularly those from Islamic countries.”
Trump cited human rights concerns as his primary driver in tightening restrictions on Cuba, but the president has prided himself on his warm relations with some of the world’s most autocratic regimes, like Saudi Arabia and Egypt and human rights violators like Phillippines president Rodrigo Duterte.
Polls show that over 70 percent of Americans—including a majority of Republicans—support lifting the embargo and that 97 percent of the Cuban people support normalisation with the United States.
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Mike Treen

National Director of Unite Union

11 Comments

  1. Francesca says:

    Yep, looks like a payoff to the anti – Castro Cuban exile bloc in Florida
    Cuba’s health system was recently held up by the UN’s WHO as a model for the world,and this despite harsh economic blockades, and limited resources
    It’s infant mortality rate is among the lowest in the world, lower than the US who is in no position to lecture about human rights
    The Cubans put a lot of money in to research and development and preventive care,and making human beings the centre of health strategy

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/salim-lamrani/cubas-health-care-system-_b_5649968.html

    Something we could be looking at?

  2. Jack Ramaka says:

    Cuba was originally a Spanish Colony until the USA invaded it at the turn of last Century and turned it into a Police State under the Baptista Regime, the majority of its citizens are Spanish or African/Spanish descendants.

    The USA are still pissed off they got booted out of Cuba by the Cuban people, and Castro then gazumped them by parking Russian Missiles there for a number of years when the USA was threatening to invade Cuba again.

    Cuba has suffered a worldwide embargo for nearly 70 years however the people are still immensely proud of Fidel Castro for ousting the USA. Cuba has one of the highest literacy rates in the world and a health system better than most 1st world countries, an immensely proud and friendly race of people, despite being one of the poorest.

  3. Historian Pete says:

    Also to be condemned is the illegal occupation of the 45 square mile Guantanamo Bay area of Cuba, occupied persuant to a perpetual lease agreement entered into in 1903 when Cuba was not a sovereign territory. After the revolution Cuba has demanded its return and the U.S. has refused. Basically its a case of the U.S.Empire using force as a legitimacy for its occupation.Cuba cannot afford to go to war with the U.S. to get its return.In that kind of situation we all know what the U.S. does.The U.S. talks about international law when it suits it, and breaks it with complete impunity.They are the exceptional nation after all – exceptional assholes is a reasonable interpretation!!!

    • jelliott says:

      Agree with all 3 above..

      But it bugs me, Mike Treen. You correctly spelt “presidency’s” in the first sentence. The missing apostrophe on ‘Trumps’ in the headline both trips the reader up on meaning as well as making your article look second-rate in terms of literacy. If you could fix it, then delete this message, I would be happier.

  4. Andrew says:

    Trump is not anti Cuba or anti Cubans

    He is anti and undemocratic regime that murders and tortures its opponents

    • Andrew, you mean like Saudi Arabia?

    • Francesca says:

      You mean like Honduras ,right?
      Where the US trains the security forces who then kill environmental protestors
      The death of the supposed dictator brought tens of thousands of Cubans in to the streets, not to celebrate , but to mourn
      And democracy???You call the shambles in the US where money can buy elections, AIIPAC can buy Congress, Saudi Arabia can heavily influence policy by funding US think tanks that then place stories in US media, a democracy?
      The US , or you for that matter is in no position to lecture others about democracy.

    • Sally's Husband says:

      So Andrew, murder and torture from, a US ally is good, murder and torture from a non-ally is bad?

      Just checking to see if we got your moral compass sussed ok.

    • Mike the Lefty says:

      But obviously not anti Philippine presidents that order their thugs to perpetrate ex-judicial killings.

  5. Sally's Husband says:

    Nothing further illustrates Trump’s Establishment credentials than re-invoking a Cold War mentality with it’s neighbor. What next, another Bay of Pigs invasion??

    • Priss says:

      Indeed, SA. This is the ugly side of Nationalism which Trump and his followers espouse.

      The tragedy is that yet again, the Cuban people will pay the price for america’s prejudices.