Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla, today October 26 during the General Assembly discussion on Cuba's resolution against the blockade, said that the U.S. abstention in this year’s vote was “a positive sign,” and hopes the change would be “reflected in reality”
For the first time not a single country voted against the resolution to end the genocidal policy imposed on Cuba by the U.S. government. The result of the vote – 191 in favor and two abstentions – is a triumph of the heroic resistance of the Cuban people
Re: Your October 14, 2016 Presidential Policy Directive – United States-Cuba Normalization
First of all I would like to acknowledge the decisive change in your Cuba policy by re-establishing a diplomatic relationship with the Island that was broken for way too long. I would also like to recognize the positive developments in areas such as telecommunication, transportation and travel, and some aspects of trade and commerce since December 17, 2014.
Today 17 October 2016 the new amendments to the U.S. sanctions on Cuba will come into effect. The announcement came three days ago from the U.S. treasury Department. On that same day the Obama administration released the accompanying document titled “Presidential Policy Directive – United States-Cuba Normalization.”
Later this month, the United Nations General Assembly will vote for the 25th consecutive year on a resolution calling upon the United States to end its blockade against Cuba. Last year, the resolution was adopted by a vote of 191 in favour and just two opposed – the U.S. and its faithful ally, Israel.
WHEN: October 17 – 27 WHAT: Express your rejection of the blockade of Cuba through social networks, sending an email message to President Obama, or calling the White House to DEMAND THAT ON OCTOBER 27 THE UNITED STATES VOTE IN FAVOR OF ADOPTING THE U.N. RESOLUTION TO PUT AND END TO THE BLOCKADE OF CUBA!
It is still frequent to come across people who having heard about the re-establishment of diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Cuba, believe that now it’s all back to normal and that the blockade of Cuba is over. Although the initial announcements of the reopening of relations by Presidents Raúl Castro and Barack Obama were made on December 17, 2014, the blockade is still in full force.
Elections in the United States are often portrayed as a model of democracy in action. But is this true? This is an important question because this “model” is forcefully being imposed on other countries.
Just as a new car model typically has wheels, engine, doors, etc., the U.S. 2016 election model features the standard appearance of two competing candidates for the Democratic and Republican parties. Other parties are allowed but never make it to the mainstream as potential contenders.
Fidel’s thinking on tactics and goals with regards to Cuba–U.S. relations will be a necessary guide for years to come.
During U.S. President Barack Obama’s historic visit to Cuba on March 20–23, 2016, I was commentating on the event with Cuban colleagues for the Caracas-based teleSUR television network. On the Cuban side, the event was overshadowed by Cuban diplomacy skillfully led, in a complex situation, by President Raul Castro and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. From the Obama administration’s perspective, the trip also consisted of diplomacy. However, it was tainted by a heavy dose of speeches and talks that promoted U.S. Cuba policy, which is very self-serving. The resistance in Cuba by Cubans and some foreigners, including myself, to this U.S. cultural, political and ideological assault seemed to have taken a backseat. However, on March 27, only a few days after Obama’s departure from Cuba, Fidel Castro shared his reflections, ironically titled “Brother Obama.” It hit Cuba and the world like a bomb. We will soon analyze it.
El ICAP y la Editorial Ocean Sur agradecemos su presencia a los integrantes del 23 contingente de la Brigada Latinoamericana y caribeña de Solidaridad, así como a los representantes de la OSPAAAL, el MOVPAZ, el Comité Internacional Paz Justicia y Dignidad a los Pueblos, y las organizaciones sociales de masas cubanas aquí presentes sin cuya labor solidaria coordinada a lo largo de la historia de Cuba no habría sido posible un libro como este.