Cuba rejects new US policy, saying pressure will not work

Cuba rejects new US policy, saying pressure will not work

Below is the full statement released Friday by the Cuban government.

Announcing the rollback of President Barack Obama's diplomatic opening during a speech in Miami, Trump said Cuba had secured far too many concessions from the U.S.in the "one-sided" deal but "now those days are over".

In Miami on Friday, the president announced that he was slamming the door on one of President Obama's few foreign policy successes: easing 50 years of U.S. sanctions on Cuba.

While Trump will not shut down the embassies in Cuba, and plans to keep the diplomatic lines open, he is reversing Obama Administration directives that allowed companies to work with Cuba's Armed Forces Business Enterprises Group and allowed U.S. citizens to travel to Cuba for people-to-people reasons. And the idea that we can make change by disengaging or turning inward has been contradicted by every policy discussion I've had in Cuba - whether in a classroom with a Cuban law student - or a conversation with a street vendor in Old Havana.

Rolling back regulations with Cuba could cost the US 12,295 jobs and businesses and taxpayers over $6 billion over Trump's first term in office, a June 1 report from Engage Cuba finds. The Directive also conceded that the blockade is an obsolete policy and that it should be lifted.

If President Donald Trump chooses to reverse course with Cuba and move back to the isolationist policies imposed on the island nation under former President Dwight Eisenhower, he could effectively be giving a gift to both Russian Federation and China.

US President Donald Trump says tightening restrictions on American business and tourism in Cuba will help the island's people and small private businesses, but analysts warn it will do the opposite.

44 per cent senior citizen treated badly in India
The nationwide survey pointed out that one out of two elders experience mistreatment and abuse in public places across India. Elder abuse can lead to an increased risk of nursing home placement, use of emergency services, hospitalization and death.

"We will not be silent in the face of communist oppression any longer", Trump told a cheering crowd in Miami's Cuban-American enclave of Little Havana, including Republican Senator Marco Rubio of Florida, who helped forge the new restrictions on Cuba.

The Cuban people enjoy fundamental rights and freedoms and can proudly show some achievements that are still a chimera for many countries of the world, including the United States, such as the right to health, education and social security; equal pay for equal work, children's rights as well as the rights to food, peace and development. He has already pulled the United States out of a major global climate treaty and is trying to scrap his predecessor's landmark healthcare program.

Marselha Margerin of Amnesty International noted that Trump recently traveled to Saudi Arabia, where he lavished its leaders with praise and signed a huge military deal but ignored their flagrant human rights abuses. The United States has long argued that people-to-people exchanges are one of the best ways of displaying American values and promoting democratic practices around the globe. "We reject Donald Trump's declarations against our brother Cuba". According to CNN, the President's changes would include prohibiting financial transactions incidental to travel with the Cuban government-run GAESA.

Under the 1917 Trading With the Enemy Act, which prescribes any financial transactions in time of war or state of emergency in relation to a particular country, the USA imposed a trade embargo on Cuba in 1960 that covered all but medical supplies and certain foods. "Return the fugitives from American justice - including the return of the cop-killer Joanne Chesimard", he added, in reference to the Black Liberation Army activist who was granted asylum in Cuba in 1984 and remains on the FBI's "most wanted terrorists" list. Cuba has not renounced these principles, nor will it ever do so. With its relationship with Venezuela looking unstable, the Castro government now faces the choice of caving to American demands or perhaps pivoting to Russian Federation or China, which would only put it more directly in the crosshairs of American imperialism.

The changes will make it much harder for Americans to travel to Cuba, Ward said, and the burden of complying will be placed on American travelers and on the Office of Foreign Assets Control, which administers and enforces the regulations.

Any strategy aimed at changing the political, economic and social system in Cuba, either through pressures and impositions or by using more subtle methods, shall be doomed to failure.

"Caterpillar believes that engagement with Cuba continues to represent a strong opportunity - not just for American businesses, but to serve as a powerful tool for change", the company said in a statement emailed to reporters that avoided direct criticism of the president.

Related Articles

  • Chile bag comfortable Confederations Cup victory over Cameroon

    Over a minute had passed since Vargas' exuberant celebrations when the on-field referee signalled the goal had been chalked off.
    K Srikanth enters Men's singles final of Indonesia Open

    K Srikanth enters Men's singles final of Indonesia Open

    The unseeded Prannoy outplayed top seed Wei 21-10, 21-18 in a match lasting around 40 minutes, reports Xinhua news agency. The 34-year-old seasoned Malaysian player won Indonesia Open super series in 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013 and 2016.
    Artist shares stories and songs at Langley's Relay for Life

    Artist shares stories and songs at Langley's Relay for Life

    As the survivors pass by, clapping and celebrating to the upbeat music, the memories of all those lost over the years surfaces, too.
  • Supreme Court takes up Wisconsin gerrymandering

    Supreme Court takes up Wisconsin gerrymandering

    The federal court that struck down the districts adopted an equation that offers a way to measure the partisan nature of the districts.
    IBM unveils a super-dense 5nm chip

    IBM unveils a super-dense 5nm chip

    It can be used but merely reducing the space between the fins won't increase the current flow and eventually the performance. This latest development is likely to reignite arguments about the viability of Moore's Law .
    Suspected jihadists attack Mali spa, 2 dead

    Suspected jihadists attack Mali spa, 2 dead

    Malian special forces intervened, backed by United Nations soldiers and troops from a French counter-terrorism force. The tweet reads: "shots fired at Le Campement #Kangaba, tourist camp in the suburbs of #Bamako #Mali".
  • 10 new planets that could have life discovered

    A Kepler mission scientist said, for the first time, there is at least one planet that nearly matches the Earth. Scientists with the mission expect that Kepler's K2 mission will continue until sometime in 2018.
    BJP-led NDA Presidential candidate to file nomination by June 23

    BJP-led NDA Presidential candidate to file nomination by June 23

    Leaders of opposition parties are meeting this evening to chalk out their joint strategy and come up with a consensus candidate. Venkaiah Naidu- to talk with the Opposition parties to finalise a consensus candidate for country's next President.
    TDP MP creates ruckus at Vizag Airport, Airlines takes him on board

    TDP MP creates ruckus at Vizag Airport, Airlines takes him on board

    Interestingly, the MP managed to board the flight but it was not clear who intervened to get him the boarding pass. Hours after tweeting that he would get the incident probed, Raju said there was no need for probe.
  • White House officials deny claim Trump seeking Mueller firing

    Mueller has been widely respected by many in Washington from both sides of the aisle, but not everyone is a fan. Sanders' comment follows several days of speculation as to whether Trump was thinking about firing Mueller.

    Britain-EU Brexit talks to start Monday as planned

    Northern Ireland's frontier with the Republic of Ireland will be the UK's only land border with the European Union after Brexit.
    Verizon Closes The Yahoo Deal; Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer Resigns

    Verizon Closes The Yahoo Deal; Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer Resigns

    Mayer, who told staff as recently as last July that following the sale "I'm planning to stay". While the axe looms for workers at Oath , the remainder of Yahoo will be renamed Altaba.