IFCO’s CubaBuzz: Issue 148
Trump declares economic war on Cuba
The Conversation, –Academic rigor, journalistic flair, April 18, 2019
The Trump administration has declared the most severe new sanctions against Cuba since President John F. Kennedy imposed an economic embargo banning all trade with the communist island in 1962.
The Coral Gables doctrine
The activation of Title III of the Helms-Burton law will unleash lawsuits against investors in Cuba, potentially including U.S. companies.
Cuba News April 24, 2019
If you didn’t know John Bolton and you heard him speak last week in Coral Gables before the Bay of Pigs veterans, you would be forgiven if you thought you were hearing a campaigning politician as opposed to the national security advisor to the President of the United States.
Bolton discussed some consequential measures (some announced hours before in Washington), but he was in Miami to rally emotions. He spared no twist of rhetoric, from “troika of tyranny” to “three stooges of socialism.” He felt compelled to criticize President Obama 14 times by name, even though it had been 453 days since Obama had anything to do with policy toward Cuba or any other place. He implored his audience’s help in rejecting socialism “in this hemisphere and in this country,” as if a red tide were upon us.
The Trump Administration Is Launching a
New Round of Aggression Against Cuba
And this time, they’re celebrating
the Bay of Pigs invasion as they do it.
The Nation April 24, 2019
In the early hours of April 17, 1961, a CIA operative placed a beacon on the beach known as Playa Girón, to literally light the path for a paramilitary assault on Cuba. The infamous Bay of Pigs invasion has become an enduring symbol of US aggression against the then-fledgling Cuban Revolution led by Fidel Castro. For Cubans, Playa Girón remains a proud symbol of their David-versus-Goliath triumph over the Colossus of the North. For imperially minded US policy-makers and a diminishing but still politically powerful generation of hard-line Cuban exiles, the defeated invasion remains a symbol of unfinished business.
It comes as no surprise, then, that the imperious administration of Donald Trump chose the 58th anniversary of the Bay of Pigs to launch another round of US aggression against Cuba. On April 17, the State Department announced that it would, for the first time, implement a section of the 1996 Helms-Burton Act that opens the door to tens of thousands of lawsuits against international companies doing business in Cuba, in an effort to deter much-needed foreign investment on the island. The same day, National Security Adviser John Bolton traveled to Coral Gables, Florida, outside Miami, to speak at a commemorative luncheon of the Bay of Pigs Veterans Association, where he denounced “the disastrous Obama-era policies” of peaceful coexistence and promised to “finally end the glamorization of socialism and communism” by levying new sanctions against Cuba.
Those sanctions will be aimed not at the Cuban military or government but at the Cuban people and US citizens. The Trump administration will cap remittances—unlimited under Barack Obama’s policy of encouraging the growth of Cuba’s private sector through informal support from relatives in the United States—at $4,000 per person a year. And, Bolton said, the administration would soon gut Obama’s policy of people-to-people engagement by cracking down on what Bolton called “veiled tourism” and restricting the freedom of US citizens to travel to the island.
Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez on the Application
of Title III of the Helms Burton Law
Declaraciones del Canciller, Bruno Rodríguez, sobre la aplicación Título III de la Ley Helms-Burton
EU ambassador: Trump Cuba policy worries European companies
By ANDREA RODRIGUEZ Associated Press
April 24, 2019 — 11:00am
HAVANA — The Trump administration’s crackdown on business with Cuba’s communist government is causing unprecedented concern among European companies on the island, according to the European Union’s ambassador.
“There’s enormous worry,” Ambassador Alberto Navarro told The Associated Press. “There are businesspeople who’ve been here 20, 30 years, who’ve made bets on investing their financial resources in Cuba to stimulate commerce, tourism, international exchange, and many of them tell me that they haven’t lived through a similar situation,” Navarro said in an interview at the EU embassy Tuesday afternoon.
Cubans in Canada condemn Application of Helms-Burton Act
Ottawa, Apr 23 (Prensa Latina) The Association of Cuban Residents in Toronto, Canada, rejected and condemned today the application of Title III of the Helms-Burton Act for violating the sovereignty of Cuba and third countries.
A statement of the group states this action taken by the government of President Donald Trump is the latest interventionist escalation to impose its hegemony on Our America, describing it as ‘inhumane and harmful to living standard of the Cuban people.’
The resuscitation of the Monroe Doctrine, by means of which the United States proclaims itself the owner of the Americas with all the faculties to intervene in the internal affairs of the nations of the South.
Together with the institutionalization of ‘Cold War’ policies, they will only lead to the destabilization of the region and represent a serious threat to peace ‘, the text emphasizes.
New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell Speaks On Her Recent Trip To Cuba
Essence Magazine, April 17, 2019
The history between the people of Cuba and New Orleans, Louisiana, goes back over 100 years. And on April 2-7, New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell arrived in Havana with a delegation that consisted of educators, politicians, city officials, and business people who all wanted to learn about the Cuban educational and health systems, and about the common ties each city has with one another.
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