#Cuba-#US Relations, a Step Backward in 2017

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By Prensa Latina

Cuba-United States relations experienced a regression last year after the arrival of President Donald Trump in the White House, the Cuban Foreign Ministry stressed today in a summary on foreign policy.

The document published in its website reminds that on February 3, 2017, less than a month after taking office, Trump ordered a complete review of the policy towards the Caribbean country, and on June 16 put an end to the directive from his predecessor, Barack Obama, destined to move towards the normalization of bilateral ties.

‘With this step, the United States imposed a significant setback in bilateral relations, by resuming the unsuccessful strategy of intensifying the blockade and subversion,’ Cuban Foreign Ministry warns.

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#Cuba Demands at #UN-#Geneva the End of #US #Blockade

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By Prensa Latina 

Cuba’s ambassador at UN headquarters in Geneva, Pedro Luis Pedroso, demanded in this Swiss city the cessation of the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the United States, diplomatic sources informed today.

During the 37th regular session of the Human Rights Council, the diplomat also demanded the return of the territory illegally occupied by the U.S. naval base in Guantanamo province, according to a statement.

‘Cuba will continue its struggle because its society is as fair as possible. We will persist in defending the right of the Cuban people to give themselves the political system they consider, and follow self-determination without any interference,’ he said.

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#EU, #Cuba work to Strengthen Relations, assured #Mongherini

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By Prensa Latina

The European Union (EU) and Cuba are working today to strengthen bilateral ties based on respect and dialogue, assured the High Representative of the bloc for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini.

During her speech before the regional parliament, the head of the European diplomacy stressed the importance of the first joint council with the Caribbean nation, which ‘is scheduled for mid-May and will be an opportunity to consolidate and increase the actions carried out so far.’ 

This new stage is very promising. We will discuss with the Cuban Minister of Foreign Affairs, Bruno Rodríguez, the beginning of cooperation in areas such as renewable energy, sustainable agriculture and culture, he pointed out.

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Open Letter in Support of Mediation Not Sanctions on #Venezuela

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By Raul Burbano 

We urge the United States and Canadian governments to immediately remove their illegal* sanctions against Venezuela and to support efforts at mediation between the government of Venezuela and the nonviolent segments of the political opposition.

We, the undersigned organizations and individuals in the US and Canada, support hemispheric relations based on respect for the sovereignty of all peoples of the Americas. We are deeply concerned by the use of illegal sanctions, whose effect falls most heavily on the poorest and most marginal sectors of society, to coerce political and economic change in a sister democracy.

Polls in Venezuela show that the large majority of Venezuelans oppose sanctions, regardless of their opinion of the Maduro government. Sanctions merely complicate efforts by the Vatican, Dominican Republic, and other international actors to mediate a resolution to the deep polarization in Venezuela. Moreover, sanctions undermine efforts of the democratically elected government and Constituent Assembly to address critical economic issues and determine their own political destiny.

Despite the high-minded rhetoric of officials in Washington and Ottawa, it is not a genuine concern for democracy, human rights, and social justice that drives the belligerent interventionist posture towards Caracas. From President Obama’s admittedly untrue presidential decree that Venezuela represents a national security threat to the United States, to UN Ambassador Nikki Haley’s declaration that Venezuela is “an increasingly violent narco-state” that threatens the world, the use of hyperbole in diplomatic situations seldom contributes to peaceful solutions on the world stage.

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Regime Change Fails: Is a Military #Coup or Invasion of #Venezuela Next?

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By Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers

Speaking at his alma mater, the University of Texas, on February 1, Secretary of State Tillerson suggested a potential military coup in Venezuela.  Tillerson then visited allied Latin American countries urging regime change and more economic sanctions on Venezuela. Tillerson is considering banning the processing or sale of Venezuelan oil in the United States and is discouraging other countries from buying Venezuelan oil. Further, the US is laying the groundwork for war against Venezuela.

In a series of tweets, Senator Marco Rubiothe Republican from Florida, where many Venezuelan oligarchs live, called for a military coup in Venezuela.

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#Genocide #Washington Style – #Venezuela Next?

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By Peter Koenig

Why does nobody dare to pronounce the term “Genocide” in connection with the Washington committed atrocities around the globe? – If there is one nation that is guilty of mass-murder it is the United States of America and her Zionist handlers. But nobody seems to pay attention. Or, rather, nobody dares to say so. It has become the new normal. Enshrined in people’s brains. The exceptional nation can do whatever she wants, whenever she wants and wherever she wants – sowing wars and conflicts, killing millions and millions of people, blaming Russia and China – and of course, Iran, Venezuela, Syria, Cuba, North Korea and the list of disobedient countries goes on.

When Mr. Tillerson is openly calling for a military coup in Venezuela, he is inciting genocide in this peaceful southern neighbor. This means, for those who are listening, like the Capriles and Co., that they can count on US support, which of course they knew all along. But now its official, when the US Secretary of State openly calls for a military intervention – he calls for blood – he is provoking a blood bath. That’s genocide. By definition, he is a murderer. Yet, he goes free.

You imagine, anybody else who would do that throughout the globe – any other politician of Tillerson’s ranking, who is not bending to Washington’s rules, will be on Washington’s hit list, and might expect a deadly drone, or poison potion – or whatever else the CIA does best to ‘neutralize’ inconvenient people. Yet, nobody dares even thinking of putting Tillerson before an international tribunal, let alone of neutralizing him.

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#US Main Obstacle for Official Presence of #Cuba in the #Caribbean #BB

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By Yasiel Cancio Vilar/Prensa Latina

Juan Francisco Puello, president of the Caribbean Confederation of Professional Baseball (CBPC by its Spanish acronym) reasserted that the main obstacle for the inclusion of Cuba in that organization is the policy of the United Strates against Havana.

‘The fact that politics is the one defining such an issue, is beyond belief. It does not benefit anyone. In the exact moment in which the differences are fixed, Cuba will be automatically admitted as a full member of the organization,’ said the 69-year veteran Caribbean baseball executive in a conversation with Prensa Latina on Monday.

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