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Excerpt: "The Cuban government issued a statement on Friday in response to U.S. President Donald Trump's announced change of policy toward the socialist-run island, reasserting the country's sovereignty."

A painting of Cuba's former president Fidel Castro is seen at a factory in Havana, Cuba November 26, 2016. (photo: Enrique De La Osa/Reuters)
A painting of Cuba's former president Fidel Castro is seen at a factory in Havana, Cuba November 26, 2016. (photo: Enrique De La Osa/Reuters)


'Doomed to Fail': Cuba Responds to Trump's Policy Reversal

By teleSUR

18 June 17


Cuba reaffirmed its willingness to work with Washington while slamming the U.S. government’s continuation of the illegal blockade.

he Cuban government issued a statement on Friday in response to U.S. President Donald Trump’s announced change of policy toward the socialist-run island, reasserting the country’s sovereignty.

In a speech at the Manuel Artime Theater in Miami, Trump said he will cancel former President Barack Obama’s "completely one-sided deal with Cuba."

“Our policy will seek a much better deal for the Cuban people and for the United States of America. We don’t want U.S. dollars to prop up a military monopoly that exploits and abuses the citizens of Cuba,” Trump said.

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 travelling to Cuba. Travellers going there for non-academic educational purposes will again be required to visit with organized tour groups run by U.S. companies.

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

In response to these changes, the Cuban government has reaffirmed its willingness to work with Washington while at the same time slamming the U.S. government’s continuation of the illegal blockade.

“The Cuban Government denounces the new measures to tighten the blockade, which are doomed to fail as has been shown repeatedly in the past, and which will not achieve its purpose to weaken the Revolution or to defeat the Cuban people, whose resistance to the aggressions of Any type and origin has been proven over almost six decades,” Cuban officials said in a statement published Friday night.

“The Government of Cuba also reiterates its willingness to continue respectful dialogue and cooperation on issues of mutual interest, as well as the negotiation of pending bilateral issues with the United States Government.”

Havana also slammed the U.S. for criticizing conditions of life in Cuba while failing to address problems within its own borders.

“The United States is not in a position to give us lessons,” Cuban officials added.

“We have serious concerns about the respect and guarantees of human rights in that country, where there are numerous cases of murders, brutality and police abuses, particularly against the African American population; The right to life is violated as a result of gun deaths; Child labor is being exploited and there are serious manifestations of racial discrimination; Threatening to impose more restrictions on health services, which would leave 23 million people without health insurance; There is wage inequality between men and women; Migrants and refugees are marginalized, particularly those from Islamic countries; Is intended to erect walls that denigrate neighbors; And abandon international commitments to preserve the environment and address climate change.”

None of Trump’s changes will be effective until the the Treasury and Commerce Departments issue new regulations, which could take months.


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+16 # maindrains 2017-06-18 10:15
Good for Cuba!!
 
 
+16 # chrisconnolly 2017-06-18 10:31
Way to spell out some of our voluminous hypocrisies. Cuba has its own issues but letting the US bully them is not one of them. Trump probably wants to invade Cuba because some american businesses are complaining that it is an untapped opportunity to exploit the populace and government of $billions. How dare they resist our capitalism.
 
 
+1 # lfeuille 2017-06-18 17:15
Not "our" hypocrisies, Trumps. Polls show 75% approval for normalization of relations with Cuba. On this, if little else, the American public is right. This is about Trump not having a part of the Cuban hotel business.
 
 
+13 # Texas Aggie 2017-06-18 11:03
“We have serious concerns about the respect and guarantees of human rights in that country, where there are numerous cases of murders, brutality and police abuses, particularly against the African American population; The right to life is violated as a result of gun deaths; Child labor is being exploited and there are serious manifestations of racial discrimination; Threatening to impose more restrictions on health services, which would leave 23 million people without health insurance; There is wage inequality between men and women; Migrants and refugees are marginalized, particularly those from Islamic countries; Is intended to erect walls that denigrate neighbors; And abandon international commitments to preserve the environment and address climate change.”

YOU have serious concerns! What about those of us who are exposed to this stuff on a daily basis.
 
 
+23 # Texas Aggie 2017-06-18 11:08
And then there is the problem of the way drumpf sucks up to Saudi Arabia where human rights aren't even on the distant horizon. When was the last time a Cuban woman had to have a male relative with her whenever she left the house? When was the last time a Cuban woman needed a chauffeur because she wasn't allowed to drive solely because she was a woman. When was the last time Cuba beheaded a woman for adultery? When was the last time that Cuba bombed a funeral? When was the last time that Cuba bombed a hospital?

No, drumpf, forget it. Your speech only served to call more attention to your own dishonesty and deceitfulness.
 
 
+17 # Dale 2017-06-18 12:11
VERSE 9. !VIVA CUBA!
Poor Cuba harassed by 57 years of terrorist attacks with no end in sight; Forced to close its eyes to torture and gross violations of its sovereignty over Guantanamo.Its economic development checked by 57 years of embargo. Nevertheless Cuba is #1 in Latin America on indices of human development, has health and educational achievements comparable with the most advanced wealthy countries, ahead of the United States in measures of health and education, and way ahead in energy consumption, Propagandized as being a communist dictatorship Cuba´s participatory democracy looks pretty good, In comparison to the alienation and atomization of American citizenry, Where a vote can only be for a perceived lesser of two evils.Cuba´s substantive democracy of opportunity and equality is unparalleled anywhere,limite d only by the debilitating effects of the Embargo, While the U.S. closes opportunity and widens inequality.Cuba ´s participatory mass organizations and elected local and regional councils look good compared to the rigged elections of the United States, to the rule of the totalitarianism of the National State of insecurity.
 
 
+18 # elizabethblock 2017-06-18 14:05
You can travel to Cuba from Canada.
 
 
+7 # Stilldreamin1 2017-06-18 16:43
And Cuba hasn't launched any wars of aggression- ever! Trump preaching morality! He's got the moral authority of flea.
 

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