Cuba says won't accept US threats or pressures

Cuba on Saturday slammed U.S. policy towards Latin America, calling it a return to a past of "domination and impositions," adding that Havana won't accept threats or pressure from Washington to modify its political system.

"Cuba won't accept threats or pressures from the United States. It doesn't want confrontation, but will not negotiate or cede one millimeter in its socialist principles," Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez said in remarks at the ongoing eighth Summit of the Americas.

Rodriguez, who was leading the island country's delegation to the meeting, highlighted that the thawing ties between Washington and Havana were maintained since 2015 until Donald Trump assumed the U.S. presidency and decided to roll back the detente.

"The U.S. economic blockade and the financial persecution continue, but at the same time Washington is further isolated when it comes to their policy towards Cuba," he said.

According to the foreign minister, Cuba is currently in the presidential election process that will last until April 19, 2019 when Cubans decide a new president to succeed incumbent Raul Castro, younger brother and fellow revolutionary of Communist Cuba's founder Fidel Castro.

In addition, Rodriguez said that the younger generations in Cuba are closely linked to the ruling Communist Party, and that they will "firmly" commemorate the Fidel-led revolutionary troops' victory in defending the island against a U.S.-masterminded aggression in the early 1960s.

He was referring to the failed Playa Giron -- literally Bay of Pigs -- invasion of Cuba in April 1961 by U.S.-sponsored mercenaries comprised of mostly Cubans traveling in exile to the United States after Fidel Castro overthrew the U.S.-backed dictator Fulgencio Batista.

"Cubans, especially the younger generations, closely linked to the (Communist) Party, founded by (Jose) Marti and Fidel (Castro), together with Raul (Castro), will commemorate firm, secure and optimistic victory against the mercenary aggression in Playa Giron," Rodriguez said.

Rodriguez warned of Washington's aspiration to re-establish its "imperialist domination" in Latin America, imposing Cold War era policies and a return to the "Monroe Doctrine," a 19th century strategy to control the region for political and economic purposes.

"Now the objective is to restore imperialist domination, destroy national sovereignties with unconventional interventions, overthrow popular governments, reverse social achievement and restore continental neo-liberalism in a continental scale," he said.

The Cuban diplomat said Washington has returned to the "use of force" and the "imposition of unilateral coercive measures" in its policy towards the region.

"We will only advance through integration and unity within the diversity that led to the creation of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC). Recent events show that the Organization of American States (OAS) and especially its secretary general are mere instruments of the United States," he said.

The official also expressed the island country's solidarity with Venezuela, saying the exclusion of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro from the summit was a "historic setback" imposed by the United States.

The diplomat also condemned Saturday's missile strikes on Syrian government facilities by the United States, Britain and France.

Suspended for decades by the OAS, Cuba only returned to the Summit of the Americas in 2015 when the seventh version of the gathering was held in Panama.

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Cuban Ambassador Is Satisfied with Visit to Lebanon

Beirut, Dec 21 (Prensa Latina) Ambassador Hector Igarza Cabrera, director of the Northern Africa and Middle East Department at the Cuban Foreign Ministry, expressed satisfaction with the results of his visit to Lebanon.

Diplomatic sources told Prensa Latina that Igarza met with the general secretary of the Lebanese Foreign Ministry, Hani Chemaitelly, and with the director for Political and Consular Affairs, Ghadi Khoury.

The two parties exchange viewpoints on the regional and international political situation, as well as on relations between Havana and Beirut.

They also ratified their will to develop and expand cooperation between the two countries.

The Lebanese officials acknowledged and expressed gratitude for Cuba's staunch stance in the defense of the Arab causes and especially the Palestinian people's right to have an independent and sovereign State.

For his part, the Cuban diplomat described the Lebanese government's position against the unjust and absurd U.S. blockade of Cuba as valuable.

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Evo Morales Reaffirms Bolivia's Support for Cuba vs. U.S. Blockade

President Evo Morales reaffirmed yesterday Bolivia's support for Cuba in the struggle against the economic and financial blockade imposed by the United States on the Caribbean island for more than 50 years.

The president posted on his Twitter account @evoespueblo: 'We reiterate our solidarity with the sister Republic of Cuba, which for more than 50 years has heroically faced the U.S. criminal blockade, hardened by a government determined to impose its arrogance, pride and racism at the expense of world peace and the people's peaceful coexistence.'

Morales criticized the measures adopted by Washington and described them as 'the worst attack on the principles of sovereign equality of the States.'

He also called for non-intervention and non-interference by the United States in internal affairs, because 'they violate the rights to freedom of commerce and navigation,' he said.

On November 1, during the presentation at the United Nations of the draft resolution entitled 'Necessity of ending the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the United States of America on Cuba', the permanent representative of Bolivia, Sacha Llorenti, asked for the total lifting of that measure.

Llorenti affirmed that the blockade of Cuba is unjust, immoral and illegitimate, and an example of the United States' unilaterality.

'The United States imposes a blockade that contravenes the UN Charter, undermines the principles of sovereignty and attempts to undermine the Cuban people's self-determination,' he stressed.

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Miami anti-Cuban mafia drafted Trump’s new Cuba regulations

According to Thursday’s digital version of the pro-government daily of Miami’s anti-Cuban mafia, The Miami Herald, a group of Florida senators and lawmakers stated their disappointment because of the soft hand shown by Washington’s bureaucrats in implementing the new regulations of the Trump administration against Cuba.

Thus The Miami Herald lets to know, the critical responses from Sen. Marco Rubio and lawmaker Mario Díaz Balart to the implementation of the regulations, which will be implemented starting today, were particularly striking because both legislators “help draft Trump’s directive at the Oval Office in June.”

Add to this that Marco Rubio, whom everyone signals as the main designer of Trump’s Cuba policy, let to know in a communiqué: “Unfortunately, the bureaucrats of the State Department, who oppose the president’s Cuba policy rejected to fully implement it when they omitted from the Cuba Restricted List, several entities and subentities that are controlled by or act on behalf of the Cuban military, intelligence and security services.”

For his part, Díaz Balart pointed out on that regard he was “disappointed because the regulations do not fully implement what the president ordered. It’s clear that bureaucrats who support the former government’s Cuba policy continue to undermine President Trump.”

Taking into account the opinion of these annexionists, who call themselves defenders of the liberties and human rights of the Cuban people from their seats in the Congress of the United States and under the aegis of the US flag, the implemented regulations are too soft regarding the spirit of those drafted by them at the presidential office.

The representatives of the anti-Cuban mafia are dissatisfied because the regulations do not prevent trade with more Cuban tourist companies. Hence, Ileana Ros Lethinen stated her disappointment too, because the new regulations made no exceptions with Cuba’s private sector, which according to her, is also controlled by the State.

Translated by Jorge Mesa Benjamin / Cubasi Translation Staff

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Cuban workers condemn U.S. blockade of Cuba

The economic, commercial, financial blockade imposed by the United States government on our country constitutes a massive, flagrant, and systematic violation of the human rights of the Cuban people, reads a statement issued by the Federation of Cuban Workers.

The economic, commercial, financial blockade imposed by the United States government on our country, for more than 50 years, constitutes a massive, flagrant, and systematic violation of the human rights of the Cuban people and an act of genocide, reads a statement issued by the Federation of Cuban Workers (CTC), approved by a meeting of its National Council this past weekend, October 21-22.

This hostile policy, that has caused billions of dollars in damages, interferes with the legitimate right of the Cuban people to live in peace, the document continued, and is intended to force the country to surrender to U.S. interests.

The CTC points out that maintaining the blockade affects the U.S. people as well, since they are denied the right to visit Cuba and learn about the reality here, while U.S. companies cannot maintain economic ties with the country.

Despite the damage caused by the blockade, the statement reads, it will "continue to be a useless attempt to defeat the Cuban Revolution."

"Cuban workers will continue to search for solutions to the difficulties, making every workplace and position a bastion of resistance … based on the intelligence, creativity, and collective ingenuity of our people."

The CTC statement also called on trade unions and friends around the world to condemn the blockade.

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Mexican Activists Call for US to End Blockade Against Cuba

The solidarity group denounced Trump’s move to reverse a diplomatic opening between the two countries.

The Mexican Solidarity Movement with Cuba demanded the United States lift the blockade against socialist government Saturday, marching to the U.S. embassy in Mexico City.

Morales Expresses Solidarity with Cuba Against Trump's Policies

MMSC denounced U.S. President Donald Trump’s move to reverse a diplomatic opening between the two countries. The group’s leader Jesus Escamilla stated that Mexicans reject the U.S. blockade and demand Trump lift it and move to normalize relations with the Caribbean island.

Members of the movement also pushed for the U.S. government to return Guantanamo Bay to Cuba, which has been occupied without the consent of the Cuban people since before the Cuban Revolution of 1959.

The U.S.’s attempts to tighten the economic, financial and commercial blockade against Cuba and its people is "a failed policy by more than a dozen U.S. administrations," Escamilla explained.

In a speech in Miami on June 16, Trump announced his cancellation of former president Barack Obama’s "completely one-sided deal with Cuba."

He added that U.S. sanctions would not be lifted until Cuba frees “political prisoners” and holds “free elections.”
Under the changes, Washington will tighten rules on individual U.S. citizens traveling to Cuba, who, if visiting the country for non-academic educational purposes, will again be required to only go with organized tour groups run by U.S. companies.

The new policy also bans most U.S. business deals with the military-runned Armed Forces Business Enterprises Group while still allowing airlines and cruise ships to continue services.

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End of U.S. Blockade against Cuba demanded in Streets of Miami

A caravan made up of around 50 cars traveled 15 miles through major avenues in the city of Miami, where most of the members of the Cuban community live.

The coalition Alianza Martiana organized this event against the blockade for second time this year. According to a statement broadcasted by Radio Miami, the cars had their lights on with Cuban and American flags being waved, and people carried posters denouncing the economical siege suffered by Cuba.

The participants in the caravan demanded the continuation of the thawing of relations with Cuba, the immediate end of the economic, commercial, and financial war that for more than fifty years Washington has imposed to the Cuban people and the total travel freedom for American citizens.

Some of the participants commented to the local media that they witnessed the support of other people who backed them in their own cars.

Again in Miami, a caravan of cars turns to be a categorical rejection to the U.S. ambitions to undermine Cuba with the tightening of the blockade.

This time there was a strong denounce of the Cuban community to the U.S. policy towards Cuba announced by U.S. President Donald Trump in recent days.

The head of state should listen to the claims of thousand Cubans living in Miami and other U.S. cities. These people call for the normalization of the bilateral relations, which certainly favors both countries.

Donald Trump’s change in the policy towards Cuba is, no doubt, a setback between the two countries. However, let me make it clear, Trump is being exclusively advised by a small group of people who do not represent the vast majority of the American public opinion.

In such scenario, we hope this caravan demanding the end of the blockade in Miami may pave the way for other actions taken in South Florida to show solidarity and support to the Cuban sovereignty.

Translated by Sergio A. Paneque Diaz / Cubasi Translation Staff

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Cuba has a strong and organized civil society

HAVANA.- Cuba has a strong and organized civil society, with a presence in all spheres of the country, assured Fermín Quiñones Sánchez, president of the Cuban United Nations Association (ACNU).

In an exclusive interview with the Cuban News Agency (ACN), on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the founding of the ACNU, Quiñones Sánchez highlighted the challenges facing the association, including bringing more civil society organizations on board to join the 105 NGOs and other associations with which the ACNU works today.

The Cuban United Nations Association is a non-governmental, non-profit organization that groups, on a voluntary basis, natural and legal persons genuinely interested in learning about and participating in the work of the United Nations.

He explained that the association supports the independence and sovereignty of Cuba and the path taken for the economic development of the nation.

The ACNU has seen its membership increase because, although it was founded among the country's intelligentsia following the triumph of the Revolution, it has worked to incorporate prestigious associations and institutions within society, scientific and academic centers, which have come to complement the organization, its president emphasized.

One of the strengths of the ACNU, Quiñones Sánchez explained, is its work with the rest of civil society on issues of interest to the island, within the framework of the United Nations, including the denunciation of the unjust U.S. policy of economic, commercial and financial blockade against Cuba and its effects on the Cuban people.

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