#US Coalition Welcomes New Bill against #Blockade of #Cuba

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By Prensa Latina

Washington.- The coalition Engage Cuba welcomed today the presentation in the US Senate of a bill aimed at lifting the blockade of Cuba imposed by Washington more than 55 years ago.

The president of the coalition, James Williams celebrated that democratic Senator Ron Wyden had introduced the U.S.-Cuba Trade Act of 2017, which repeals outdated sanctions on Cuba and establishes normal trade relations with the island nation.

Williams, as member of a coalition in favor of ending the economic, trade and financial blockade, highlighted that six other members of the Democratic Party, Patrick Leahy, Dianne Feinstein, Richard Durbin, Tom Udall, Patty Murray and Jeff Merkley, cosponsored the bill.

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#US Senator #PatrickLeahy Defends Normal Ties with #Cuba

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By Cuban News Agency

US Senator Patrick Leahy said on Tuesday that he will continue working hard in Congress to lift the restrictions imposed by the US against Cuba.

During an interview with Prensa Latina News Agency, the Democrat from Vermont who supports efforts in eliminating the travel ban, trade restrictions and elimination of the economic blockade against Cuba recalled that the majority of the people in the US want normal relations with Cuba.

We know that there will always be problems, nothing can change from one night to the other, but for the good of both peoples, we must have better ties between both countries, he said.

Leahy has traveled to Cuba several times, the last trip was last February when he and Republic Senator Thad Cochran headed a Congressional delegation to Cuba and met with President Raul Castro and other authorities.

The Vermont Senator reiterated that he will continue traveling to Cuba and fight for a better future for both countries.

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National Assembly International Relations Commission statement on #Trump’s #Cuba policy

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Author:  | internet@granma.cu

The International Relations Commission of the National Assembly of People’s Power fully supports the Revolutionary Government’s Statement issued June 16 on the policy directive that President Donald Trump has decided to apply in relation to Cuba.

The Commission welcomes the increasing expressions of respect and consideration for Cuba and the solidarity actions that have taken place in Latin America, the Caribbean and the world, in rejection of this policy setback; as well as the declarations in the United States by legislators, retired military personnel, academics, solidarity groups, businessmen, farmers, non-governmental and religious organizations, the media and representatives of the Cuban community, urging President Donald Trump to continue to advance in improving relations with our country.

President Trump, poorly advised and misinformed about the Cuban reality and the history of our relations with the United States, decided to return to past methods of a failed policy, which not only harms the Cuban people, but also the interests of large sectors of U.S. society, and satisfies only an increasingly isolated minority of Cuban origin.

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Go to #Cuba and see for yourself

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Santiago de Cuba

By USA Today (Letters to the Editor)

I went on a seven-day cruise to Cuba in March 2017. It was a people to people cruise that I really enjoyed.

We cruised around the big island (twice as big as Florida) stopping for excursions in Santiago and Havana. It was a real serendipitous experience.

Everywhere were happy people and old, old cars that actually were so polished up they seemed to smile back at you.

The people looked well-fed, clean and when they smiled they had perfect, beautiful white teeth. It was apparent they have free health and dental care.

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#Business Opportunities with #Cuba Arise Expectation in #USA

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Cuban ambassador and businessmen from Indiana. Photo: Twitter by José Ramón Cabañas

By Prensa Latina

Cuban Ambassador Jose Ramon Cabanas participated today in a business round table in the city of Indianapolis, Indiana, during which the participants on the US side showed interest in the opportunities that the island nation offers.

Using his Twitter account, the diplomat shared images of the meeting at the Chamber of Commerce. He described the event as very fruitful.

During the visit by Cuban representatives to the US Midwest territory, the head of the Economic-Trade Office of the Embassy, Ruben Ramos, met with the leader of the minority in the Senate, democrat Tim Lenane.

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Oliver #Stone Repels #US Policy Change Towards #Cuba

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By Prensa Latina

Award-winning North American filmmaker, Oliver Stone, has expressed today his support for Cuba facing the U.S. policy change proclaimed by President, Donald Trump, to the detriment of the relations with this Caribbean country.

The writer and director signed the message sent by the National Association of Cuban Writers and Artists (UNEAC) to the friends of the Cuban culture in the United States, in order to denounce the policy change Trump announced on June 16.

The Cuban organization described that speech as outdated, obsolete, loaded with falsehoods and stereotypes, and with words particularly directed to an audience that does not represent the majority of the Cuban emigration.

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World Peace Council Denounces #US Interference on #Cuba

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By Prensa Latina

The World Peace Council has denounced today the aggressive policy of the new U.S. administration against Cuba, which resorts to threats and blackmail to try to reverse the revolutionary process on the island.

Through a letter, posted on the website of the Cuban Institute of Friendship with Peoples (ICAP), that organization reiterates the demand to end the U.S. interference, ‘which constantly seeks to disrupt the progress of the Cuban revolution and isolate the nation through a criminal blockade imposed more than five decades ago.’

The document emphasized that the speech given by President, Donald Trump, on June 16 in the city of Miami, in which he announced a change in the White House policy with respect to Cuba, is a setback in the process towards the normalization of relations started by both countries in 2014.

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