This article was originally published in Spanish and English in On Cuba News.
This is a useful article but is still stuck, as with the Cubans in the fallacies of original marxism: We must return to the teachings of Lenin and Trotsky. A workers’ state, as Lenin described in h…
Few ignore my solidarity with the Cuban Revolution. For 40 years I have frequently visited the island for work commitments and invitations to events. For a long period, I mediated the resumption of dialogue between the Catholic bishops and the Cuban government, as described in my books Fidel y la Religion (Fontanar / Companhia das Letras) and Paradise Lost, Trips to the Socialist World (Rocco).
The violent protests that erupted in Cuba in early July were the first serious social disturbances since the “Maleconazo” of 1994, 27 years ago. Both these periods were characterised by deep economic crises. I was living in Havana in the mid-90s and witnessed the conditions that triggered the uprising: empty food markets, shops and pharmacy shelves, regular electricity cuts, production and transport ground to a halt.
Thanks to @aidachavez and @thenation for important reporting on the current continuation of Trump's economic war against the people of Cuba. It fits the definition of collective punishment in the Geneva Convention & therefore should be considered a crime. https://t.co/QHymuWofw4
— Mark Weisbrot (@MarkWeisbrot) July 28, 2021
In the wake of the protests, Politico reported that some Democrats are viewing the situation as a “golden opportunity” to try to win back the former swing state, which went for Trump in both the 2016 and 2020 presidential elections.Inevitably, the protests have also served as a convenient tool for the US government and its allies in the Cuban-American exile community to reinvigorate their decades-long campaign to impose “regime change” on the beleaguered Caribbean island nation.
The violence isn’t new. In fact, there has been ongoing violence from the United States towards Cuba for 60 years—from an economic embargo that prevents US companies from trading with Cuba and encourages other countries not to do so, to military, ideological, and cultural violence. And that doesn’t include the violence and occupation following the U.S. invasion of Cuba in the so-called Spanish-American war in the late 1800s.
By Barry Sheppard President Biden has not only kept all of Trump’s sanctions designed to severely harm the Cuban people, he has added two more. His response to the July 11 protests in Cuba was to c…
Mexico will send two navy ships loaded with food and medical supplies to Cuba, the foreign ministry said on Thursday, after President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador blamed the U.S. embargo for fomenting the biggest unrest in Cuba in decades. The ships will leave the port of Veracruz in the Gulf of Mexico on Sunday, taking syringes, oxygen tanks and masks along with powered milk, cans of tuna, beans, flour, cooking oil and gasoline. The shipments exemplify Mexico’s policy of “international solidarity” and it will keep offering humanitarian aid to help Latin American and Caribbean countries tackle the coronavirus pandemic, the foreign ministry said in a statement. The loading of the cargo began early on Thursday, said Marisa Lopez, a spokeswoman for the office of the mayor of Veracruz.