Strategy against Cuba: Who is the bad guy?

The shift on US policy toward Cuba unleashed the pride of a sovereign people and owner of its fate.

Nobody in Cuba was on tenterhooks waiting for the imperial announcement, Cuban FM Bruno Rodriguez said on Monday. However, Cubans’ reaction following the speech by US President Donald Trump arose immediately.

The shift on the policy to follow with Cuba unleashed the anger of a sovereign people and owner of its fate.

Simple and wise words gathered the television newscast last June 16 by asking people about the measures that, according Trump, he will apply to toughen Washington’s economic, financial and commercial against this small island.

A young university student stated his indignation because of “the ignorance about Cuban history of the president, who calls heroes a group of mercenaries from the Bay of Pigs invasion who came to Cuba trained by U.S. and motivated by money rather than by a feeling of patriotism”.

Another student asserted he does not believe the US head of state has legitimacy to criticise the Cuban electoral system nor our state, when a system as corrupt as the United States was the one that put him in the White House without even having the popular vote.

A grey-haired man said, “Tell Trump that we Cubans think he is mad, that we support our Commander in Chief, that the Revolution will never end, that we will remain firm and that we will always say Long live Fidel”.

When asked whether human rights are respected in Cuba, a woman answered emphatically: “What does he know? He should visit us to see with his own eyes”. She also described the announcement of the new measures as a setback in the policy of friendship of our peoples and as a ridiculous action that a powerful country picks on a very small island, which has proven itself courageous and does not care about difficulties.

Likewise, a nurse denounced the difficulties faced by Cuban public health every day to offer medical care for children with cancer. “We had to buy medicines through third countries at higher prices”, she said.

For his part, Julio Enrique, a reader of our website, wrote: Thank you Mr Trump, because your clownings watched last Friday bring, first of all, the benefit of strengthening the Cuban people around the Revolution, the Government. Besides, I am leaving you a message: Your blockade will continue to reinforce our bravery.

Carlos, another CubaSí reader remarked: "I have just turned 59 years old and since I can remember I am listening to the same speech, how long the people of the United States with such great people who are scientists, intellectuals, will allow these caricatural characters to continue influencing that country’s governments in office, such as these pseudo-Cubans who are least concerned with Cuba and our people, except to continue enriching themselves with their very old note saying they love a Cuba they actually don’t agree with, because their story of raising funds will be over. That’s enough with the lies of Marcos Rubio, Ileana, the other Mario and their clique.

The real danger is Trump?

The show starred by Trump from Miami last Friday has caused an almost unanimous annoyance, but we should not forget that since 1959 all American administrations have worked hard to remove the thorn in the flesh meant by Cuba. We are a bad example, a small island that has been determined to defend its humanist-socialist project at all costs.

Although it is true that in his moment of glory Barack Obama and other senior officials have described the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the United States on Cuba as obsolete and meaningless, it hasn’t been to prevent Cuban families from the shortcomings and hardships it has caused, but because it is useless in order to put forward their own interests.

Not by choice Ben Rhodes, former adviser to former President Barack Obama, after Trump’s announcement, immediately published in The Atlantic magazine: “Trump’s new measures should be seen as the last illogical gasp of a strain of US politics with a 50-year track record of failure”.

Rhodes stresses that the instinct for isolation that Trump embraced will fail and in defense of Obama’s legacy, he states in the aforementioned publication that “It didn’t have to be this way and it won’t stay this way”.

A word to the wise is enough.

We should not overlook that the political maneuver implemented by the previous administration, on the basis of rapprochement and dialogue, equally bet on a regime change, the split of Cubans inside the island and the divorce of the private sector with the Cuban State, and judging by the security in Rhodes’s words, it doesn’t seem to be a dead strategy.

Unfortunately, Trump doesn’t have the political intelligence and image demanded by diplomacy at present. Nevertheless, although today his speech may mean a setback in bilateral relations and resumes the cold war policy, it takes credit with its direct confrontation against Cubans for increasing our unity and anti-imperialism.

Unintentionally, perhaps, the newly-elect US president has shattered the “peaceful” and dangerous strategy of his predecessor, labelled by many as an excellent actor.

Translated by Jorge Mesa Benjamin / Cubasi Translation Staff

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Trump ratifies his fight against the “tyranny of communism” in Cuba

“The fact is that the deal with Cuba is bad”, claimed Trump, who reaffirmed his aim to sweep with the great agreements signed by the previous Administration.

U.S. President Donald Trump pledged on Wednesday to fight the “tyranny of communism”, which in his opinion is applied on the island of Cuba.

"The United States will fight the tyranny of communism”, he stated during a speech before his supporters in the state of Iowa.

Trump, who retook actions against Cuba, ratified his interest in dismantling the agreements signed by former US President Barack Obama, particularly the warming of relations between Washington and Havana.

"The fact is that the deal with Cuba is bad”, said Trump, who advocated to achieving “a much better deal”.

The move announced by Trump last June 16 confirms the continuity of the economic, commercial and financial blockade on Cuba and toughens the restrictions over businesses with enterprises linked to authorities of Havana, besides banning private trips to the island.

Several countries in the world, especially from the American continent, have rejected the measures taken by Donald Trump and urged to resume the warming of relations started by the previous US Administration.

In his statements, Trump criticised again his predecessor in the White House, the “catastrophic” Paris Agreement and the “dishonest” media.

"This is great: Obama made a deal with Cuba, where thousands of people are incarcerated, made a deal with Iran; and then they say that Trump is a horrible person”, this is incredible”, he asserted.

Translated by Jorge Mesa Benjamin / Cubasi Translation Staff

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Trump: Increases Opposition to His “Cuban” Politics

Another analyst from a far-right publication from Florida, this time Guillermo Descalzi, wrote a harsh critic to President Donald Trump.

He did it in the New Herald and it revolved about his Miami speech where last Friday he established changes in his behavior toward Cuba.

Descalzi began saying, there is lack of unity, logic, kindness, and generosity in our politics, trade and society.

Then he crushed Washington Congress when he said that most of its members say to work for the nation, “but it’s not like way.”

And he claimed, first they struggle for their positions, then their party, third to defeat the “others”, fourth with ordinary ideas to deviate the attention.

Fifth, he kept saying, for their well-being, sixth to ‘please', seventh to convince.

“There is ranting,” added Guillermo Descalzi, when he who pushed him to throw James Comey off the FBI headquarters now investigates him for doing so.”

After that he says that in the White House there’s a president that either supports them or goes against them.

But the journalist's toughest criterion came when he wrote that “Trump is cracking the floor beneath his feet” with Nixonian attitudes.

He even dares saying that being in the President’s proximity is dangerous and his closest relatives are beginning to get protection.

Even Pence, his second in command, a lawyer hired to defend his interests.

Descalzi comments, if the United States vice-president does that, you can just imagine the rest.

Then he quotes the example of the famous medical reformation which content has not been read yet by the democrats and only for a handful of republicans.

As a conclusion the analyst outlines: Trump hardened the politics toward Cuba for human rights violation.

He also ordered to strengthen the efforts to widen Internet access in Cuba.

Although this is a positive action, it’s aimed at pleasing his Cuban voters in Florida.

If it was a decision of principle, estimates Descalzi, he would also harden our politics toward Saudi Arabia, where human rights are violated.

But there isn’t a Saudi Arabian exile to please here, where seeking money is the goal, and they have plenty over here.

Something seems objective, the changes Trump imposed to the politics toward Cuba cannot hit home smoothly, they’ll never will.

All of these happens while his Administration is still spattered of many and bothersome suspicions.

Trump against Cuba: The annexionist Roar and Anger

How can we talk on behalf of freedom of the Cuban people aloud from the U.S. and singing the Anthem of the empire?

As an expert ventriloquist Senator Marco Rubio made the United States President talk at a ceremony in June 16th in Miami, to shift a gear backwards in the thaw between the United States and Cuba, which started Barack Obama on December 17, 2014.

As an obedient puppet, Donald Trump repeated, word by word, the speech that for almost more than half a century the anti-Cuban mafia of Miami has had in its aggressive politics against the Cuban Revolution.

In order to justify overnight the cancelation of the agreement between Cuba and United States, Trump described as heroes the mercenaries defeated in Playa Girón and a supposed "opposition" that only exists in the CIA payrolls and the feverish minds of former Batista soldiers living in Miami, Florida.

Between denunciations and nonsense, the current president announced that he would restrict business and tourism with Cuba until the Island didn't respect human rights of the peaceful dissidents, or what’s the same, until Cuba accepted at just the tip of the iceberg of North American interests a "dissidence" created and encouraged by repeated North American administrations. An strategy that, as former president Obama assured, for 50 years, only lead to failure the long dream of defeating the Cuban revolution.

Regardless the circus show, Trump’s words were a master class of what the North American democracy really is. According to experts, the act in Miami rather than thanking the support of mercenaries from Playa Girón in last elections was an "exchange" with the senator of Cuban origin Marco Rubio, current member of the Select Commission of Intelligence of the Senate who defended the leader at an hearing last June 8th with the former FBI director James Comey during the trial best known as Rusiagate.

As The New Herald recently published: "Two days after the hearing, Rubio and his colleague of the intelligence commission, senator Tom Cotton, republican of Arkansas, Trump and a small group of legislators had dinner with the president at the White House, and Rubio has been working closely with the White House to rewrite the politics of the nation towards Cuba in the past few weeks."

That is the current leader who is also sued by more than 200 democratic senators for violating the North American Constitution after accepting payments of foreign governments in their companies, apparently, as a good businessman; he looked for his personal interests first over those of the majority which supposedly must privilege the so-called American democracy.

In his electoral campaign that lead he to presidency, Trump used the slogan of "Making America Bigger" through the defense of the interests of North Americans and to that purpose he promised more business and more employments for the citizens of that country, something that overtly contradicts his radical change of Washington’s politics towards Cuba.

According to a survey performed by the North American Association against Blockade, Engage Cuba, the measures announced by the President will cause losses to the U.S. economy for more than 6600 million dollars and would affect 12 295 North American employments during the first period of the Administration.

On top of all incongruities, only a few weeks ago a group of North American legislators presented a Law proposal so that their fellow citizens can travel freely to Cuba. The proposal was presented in the Senate of the North American Congress, supported by 55 out of the 100 members. Other two senators of the red party and equal number of democrats presented the Freedom to Export to Cuba Act. With these laws the current barriers to business would be eliminated, including the original authorization of 1961 to establish the commercial embargo and the later legislations that demanded the completion of those politics.

A survey recently published assures that 65% of North American voters, among them more than six out of 10 republicans, support the politics towards Cuba approved by Barack Obama’s administration (2009-2017)

It’s clear that, in exchange for saving his scandalous neck, the president preferred to benefit a minority whose business consists on the so-called anti-Castro industry which for half a century has been the only North American sector that has made economic profits of the disagreement between Cuba and the United States.

Lies have been all this time his main motive. When Playa Girón the Kennedy's government was convinced that after the mercenaries disembarked in Cuba. A massive uprise would occur supporting the invasion due to the unanimous dissatisfaction of the people with the recently established revolutionary government. Today, they still deceive President Donald Trump with the same story.

And if I said earlier “North American sector” it’s because, as people could see in the circus show at the Manuel Artime Theater of Miami, "Cubans" who accompanied Trump yelled instead of Cuba, U.S., and the leader himself eulogized the violin solo of the U.S. anthem interpreted by another alleged Cuban. What’s more, Trump assured that his country flag was a symbol of hopes for Cubans. Undoubtedly the worst part of the ceremony, because the threats and slander against Cuba, are nothing new.

How can we talk on behalf of freedom of the Cuban people aloud from the U.S. and singing the Anthem of the empire?

The setback in history starred by Donald Trump in Miami is not about, as a few have said, a return to the Cold War, but the shameless proclamation of annexionist pretenses of the United States towards Cuba. Not even at the times of the proclamation of John Quincy Adams’ of "the politics of ripe fruit", neither the intervention of 1899 act an unworthy and stupid act have ever hap

Washington: Near the Announcement of Politics Changing towards Cuba

Thus commented last Wednesday Andrés Oppenheimer journalist committed in body and soul to the United States,.

Born in Argentina he was trained and awarded in the U.S. Now he published an article on the announcement that Donald Trump will pronounce today regarding a changing in politics toward Havana.

The title: "The theater of Trump with Cuba."

He begins saying, the leader is right, Obama’s opening toward Cuba did not bring changes to its human and democratic rights.

He adds, but I’m afraid that the plan of partially reverting the current North American politics toward Cuba will only help to "make things worse."

Then came the detail that the partial reverting Of Obama’s opening to Cuba which Trump has planned to announce in Miami, will include two main aspects.

Banning of North American companies making business with corporations related to the Cuban Army and restrictions to the North American tourism to the island.

Trump won’t close the Embassy of Washington in Havana neither he will grant automatic asylum to those stepping on U.S. soil, says Oppenheimer.

His measures won’t inflict great damage either "to the Cuban dictatorship", but it will allow the régime to denounce them.

He later says, neither Obama’s opening in 2014, neither the current partial reverting of Trump in 2017, have been motivated by the desire of democratizing Cuba.

In both cases, he asserts, they were motivated by U.S. domestic issues.

He remembers that Obama was about the end of his term, without any outstanding victory in foreign policy.

The polls showed that even Cuban "exiles" from Miami said that the blockade had failed, reads Oppenheimer’s article.

On the following line he gives a devastating approach:

"In Trump’s case, almost everything he’s done demonstrates that democracy in Cuba, or anywhere in the world, he doesn’t care a bit."

He also disclosed that in 1998 he tried to make business with Cuba, and to endorse it he mentions a Newsweek article in 2016.

Being further more specific he reveals that the effort was carried out "with Trump’s knowledge", through a Consulting North American Firm.

In September 2015, he also wrote, when asked on Obama’s opening to Cuba, Trump told to The Daily Caller:

"I believe that it’s OK", although “we should have made a stronger agreement".

In March 2015, the multimillionaire president declared to the CNN that he would consider opening a hotel in Havana.

According to Andrés Oppenheimer, Trump worries about the democracy in Cuba because he is demand that by the Cuban-American senator Marco Rubio and the congress member from Miami Mario Díaz-Balart.

Then he finishes his article writing: The thing of Trump with Cuba is pure political theater for domestic consumption.

His partial measures won't achieve what prior North American sanctions to Cuba could not achieve in the last five decades.

Prelude not so optimistic hours before the announcement regarding a politics change toward Havana.

Trump Divides the Cuban “Exile” in Miami

The Spanish news agency EFE insinuated so from Miami.

It highlights the controversy between followers and opponents of approaching Cuba, “it can grow larger” with the changes announced by Donald Trump scheduled next Friday.

According to the same source, this will come amidst great expectation.

Such setback they say that the “anti-Castro groups” of Miami are eagerly expecting the so-called concessions to the island.

EFE says that the core is whether or not, a turning in the politics set under Barack Obama’s administration towards Cuba.

Such a setback, it underlined, it was a promise made by Trump in his electoral campaign of 2016 at the headquarters of Brigade 2506.

That military group, created by the CIA in 1961, attacked Cuba and became symbol of the far-right with Cuban origins.

EFE highlights that its association of veterans trusts Trump to meet his end regarding the Cuban issue.

This group, and other anti-Cuban groups financed by Washington, has asked the president “a zero politics towards Havana”, reads the comment.

“Obama’s concessions were an insult to 57 years of dictatorship”, declared the head of what is left of the failed brigade, Humberto Díaz-Argüelles.

The priority for Orlando Gutiérrez, head of the group Directorio Democratico, is still “reestablishment of freedom and democracy as objective of the North American politics towards Cuba.”

A commitment that, according to Gutiérrez, passes by turning back those “unilateral concessions” towards Cuba and in the “economic opening carried out without the régime granting anything back.”

On the contrary, The CubaOne Foundation, integrated by young Cuban-Americans, asked the leader not to return to the Cold War tactics and defend the North American interests as well as the well-being of the Cuban people.

Ramón Saúl Sánchez, leader of the Democracy Movement and opposed to the so-called blockade against the island, pled that any restriction doesn't affect the ties “of people to people.”

In that panorama, a survey published last Monday by Engage Cuba Coalition dismantles the thesis that republicans oppose the politics passed by Obama toward this.

In fact, the organization asserts, a majority of republican voters want to keep ties with the Cubans.

The study, carried out last May by the entity that comprises private companies, indicates that 64% of republican voters support the changes made by President Obama, while 22% is against it.

“Our new politics towards Cuba has strengthened the economy, created employments in the United States, and reinforced national security”, said the coalition.

They also alerted that it would be a shame that Trump pull back the current politics with Havana.

“If the President is willing to negotiate with Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Turkey, and the Philippines, why not with Cuba?”, wondered the president of Engage Cuba, James Williams.

Last Tuesday a journalist from the New Herald, Nora Gámez Torres added:

Even when President Trump has not announced yet what his politics toward the island will consist on, a result is already evident:

Cuban opponents of different political trends approve the need to make changes to press their government.

One of the leaders who command the labyrinth of groups directed from Washington, José Daniel Ferrer, wrote to favor the change because Cuba supports Venezuela.

Ferrer, let’s remember, supported the approach that started in 2014 by Barack Obama toward Cuba.

The “dissident”, remarked Gámez Torres, didn't specify which measures the U.S. president should revert.

The journalist remembered that Obama favored changes “boosted by the private sector and not by the dissidents.”

That, according to her point of view, divided to a degree the Cuban opposition.

But now, she emphasized, many of its members prefer a political change that joins the defense of human rights and the blockade to the investing of foreign currencies in a difficult moment for the Cuban nation.

There is the true face of Cuba’s enemies, only hours away from Trump to unroll his new politics towards Cuba.

USA: The “almighty” Trump?

A few days ago, the billionaire stated that being president is harder than he thought, and reality endorses his opinion.

Suffix to tell, among many, two close examples to demonstrate it.

Attorneys General Brian Frosh of Maryland and Karl Racine of the District of Columbia sued him for accepting money from foreign governments.

Those incomes came from businesses still linked to the head of the White House.

During a press conference in Washington, both prosecutors stated that Trump “flagrantly violated constitutional provisions against money influence from domestic or foreign interests.

Thus wrote El Nuevo Herald on Monday, those officials consider that never before a president of the U.S. had kept such big links with economic interests of the country.

Something that according to the newspaper from Florida “jeopardizes democracy”.

Frosh, Maryland Attorney General, assured he trusts that tribunals or the Supreme Court set a precedent ordering Trump to disassociate from his businesses.

Attorneys generals manage to say he is violating clauses of the federal Constitution.

Reason? Because governments like Saudi Arabia “sweeten” their relations with the White House by spending hundreds of thousands of dollars in president’s facilities, such as the Trump International Hotel.

If this were not enough, also on Monday, Spanish news agency EFE reported that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in Atlantastruck the head of state another sensitive blow.

What was it about? It refused to reinstate the ban encouraged by Trump last March on the entry into US territory of refugees and citizens from 6 mostly-Muslim nations.

So, the ruling of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit benefits those who reject the move and imposes further pressure on the Supreme Court.

In the decision, which text comprises 86 pages, the judges state:

“Immigration, even for a President is not an individual show. The president’s authority is subject to certain statuary and constitutional restrictions”.

“We conclude that the president, in issuing this executive order, exceeded the scope of the authority delegated to him by Congress”.

So, the almighty businessman from New York has to yield to certain realities of the very complex world around.

Translated by Jorge Mesa Benjamin / Cubasi Translation Staff

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