#US Congresswoman Calls for Uniting Efforts for Engaging #Cuba

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By Prensa Latina

Democratic Congresswoman Yvette Clarke is one of the lawmakers who calls today in the United States for engaging Cuba, despite the new restrictions announced by President Donald Trump.

Clarke, a daughter of Jamaican immigrants and a legislator in the ninth district of New York, called on her colleagues in the House and Senate to unite in an effort to restore the ‘practical and common sense approach’ of former President Barack Obama (2009 -2017) towards the island.

Obama worked to transcend past mistakes and build a future defined by the common interests and aspirations of the United States and Cuba, Clarke told content-provider Caribbean Media Corporation.

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Ten keys to Donald #Trump’s policy toward #Cuba

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By  | internet@granma.cu

The change in policy toward Cuba, announced June 16 in Miami by U.S. President Donald Trump, implies a setback in several aspects of bilateral relations, while remaining in place are a portion of the modest advances made under the Obama administration, since December 17, 2014.

Granma shares the opinions and analysis of important academics, politicians, and media on both sides of the Florida Straits, with the goal of providing context to Trump’s statements and clarifying their possible impact on the future of relations between the two countries.

1. THE PRESIDENT WAS REPAYING A DEBT TO THE RIGHT WING IN MIAMI

The content of his statement, the place chosen to make it, and the audience joining the President in a Miami theater that bears the name of a Playa Girón mercenary, Manuel Artime, confirm the suppositions of many analysts that the head of state took the advice of a handful of individuals who do not represent majority public opinion in the U.S., or the Cuban emigre community there.

U.S. attorney Robert Muse, who has much experience studying relations between Washington and Havana, told Granma, “I believe the President is repaying political debts to Senator Marco Rubio and Representative Mario Díaz-Balart.”

Thanks to their proximity to Trump, their regular political maneuvering and use of their positions on important Congressional bodies as bargaining chips, the two Republican legislators have become key White House advisors.

“Trump’s new policy toward Cuba is dictated by domestic political considerations, not foreign policy interests,” noted William Leogrande, professor of Government at American University, adding, “The President himself said he was repaying a political debt he owes conservative Cuban-Americans for their support during the election campaign.”

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Statement by the Revolutionary Government of #Cuba

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By Cubaminrex

US President Donald Trump delivered a speech full of hostile anti-Cuban rhetoric reminiscent of the times of open confrontation with our country in a Miami theater. He announced his government’s Cuba policy, which rolls back the progress achieved over the last two years since December 17, 2014, when Presidents Raúl Castro and Barack Obama announced the decision to re-establish diplomatic relations and engage in a process towards the normalization of bilateral relations.

In what constitutes a setback in the relations between both countries, President Trump, gave a speech and signed a policy directive titled “National Security Presidential Memorandum”, which provides the elimination of private educational “people-to-people” exchanges and greater control over all travelers to Cuba, as well as the prohibition of business, trade and financial transactions between US companies and certain Cuban companies linked to the Armed Revolutionary Forces and the intelligence and security services, under the alleged objective of depriving us from income. The US president  justified this policy with alleged concerns over the human rights situation in Cuba and the need to rigorously enforce the US blockade laws, conditioning its lifting, as well as any improvements in US-Cuba bilateral relations to our country’s making  changes inherent to its constitutional order.

Trump also abrogated Presidential Policy Directive “Normalization of Relations between the United States and Cuba”, issued by President Obama on October 14, 2016.  Although said Directive did not conceal the interventionist character of the US policy nor the fact that its main purpose was to advance US interests in order to bring about changes in the economic, political and social systems of our country, it did recognize Cuba’s independence, sovereignty and self-determination and the Cuban government as a legitimate  and equal interlocutor, as well as the benefits that a civilized coexistence  would have for  both countries and peoples despite the great differences that exist between both governments.  The Directive also conceded that the blockade is an obsolete policy and that it should be lifted.

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#Cuba Rejects Trump’s Hostile Policy; Insists on Civilized Coexistence

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Por Prensa Latina

Cuba has rejected U.S. President Donald Trump’s hard line decision of hardening the blockade by reverting crucial measures taken by the previous administration of Barack Obama to engage with the island.

In an official response, the Cuban Government stresses at the same time the importance of a civilized and peaceful coexistence for the benefit of both nations and people.

By signing Friday afternoon a presidential national security directive, Trump imposes additional hurdles to the very restricted business opportunities American companies had to trade and invest in Cuba, the statement underlines.

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#Obama’s Ex-Advisor Says #Trump’s #Cuba Policy will Fail

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By Prensa Latina

The changes that U.S. President Donald Trump were expected to make in Washington’s Cuba policy will fail, according to Ben Rhodes, a former advisor of President Barack Obama (2009-2017).

In an article published in the magazine The Atlantic, this key personage in the process of rapprochement between Cuba and the United States that began during the Obama administration noted that President Trump is turning back the clock to a tragically failed Cold War mindset by reimposing restrictions on trade and travels.

‘It didn’t have to be this way, and it won’t stay this way, predicted Rhodes, who regretted that the White House chief ignored the voices of the Cuban people and a majority of Americans just so that he can reward a small and dwindling political constituency.

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More #US Travelers Visit #Cuba

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By Prensa Latina

The National Bureau of Statistics and Information (ONEI) has reported today that about 284,565 Americans visited Cuba until late May this year, making it the same amount of those who came in 2016.

The report, also posted by Cubadebate website, states today that 2016 marked the country’s record of 284,937 people, a 74-percent increase compared to 2015.

As for the 2017 average, it represents a 145 percent increase compared with the same period last year, when about 116,000 Americans traveled to the island during that period.

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#US and #Cuba: Will #Trump Ignore the Calls from the Majority?

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By Prensa Latina

Reversing the recent policies on Cuba would bring economic damage, isolation and national security problems to the United States, according to several sectors that demand that President Donald Trump maintain the rapprochement to the Caribbean island.

While press reports say that in the next few days, the Republican president will end the measures taken by his predecessor, Barack Obama, regarding Cuba, more people are calling on the new administration to continue following the path taken more than two years ago.

On December 17, 2014, Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro announced the reestablishment of diplomatic ties, a decision that was made official in July 2015.

Since then, the two countries have signed dozens of agreements and memorandums of understanding in several sectors, as part of a process to normalize bilateral relations.

The policies implemented by the previous administration to reduce restrictions to U.S. companies interested in doing business in Cuba contributed to a significant economic growth and the creation of jobs nationwide, the coalition Engage Cuba pointed out.

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