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
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…
Joe Biden recently said the US 'stands with the people of Cuba', even as the US continues to impose a trade embargo on its island neighbour.
The UN estimates that the embargo has cost Cuba $130bn since 1962, enough to buy a Covid-19 vaccine for everyone in Latin America. pic.twitter.com/oC6xj7OGn0
— Novara Media (@novaramedia) July 13, 2021
While giving the protests in Cuba a great deal of coverage, the corporate press across the political spectrum consistently downplayed one of the primary causes of unrest: the increasingly punitive U.S. blockade.
U.S. sanctions killed tens of thousands of Venezuelans before the recognition of Juan Guaidó as interim president in 2019 led to even more murderous sanctions. The message is that tremendous economic…
Source: Monthly Review | The Guaidó Era
“Trump’s sanctions set a dangerous precedent for attacks on victims, lawyers, human rights advocates, and courts.”
Not for one minute during this pandemic has the United States stopped trying to overthrow the government of Nicolás Maduro in Venezuela. A seam of cruelty runs through U.S. policy, which by its sanctions regime prevents Venezuela from open trade of its oil to import key medical equipment to help break the chain of the virus and heal those infected by it. More
Millions of people in the United States have long known what it is like not to be able to buy food, or soap, or toilet paper. Some because they came here from much poorer places, others because they are among the 140 million poor or low-income people living in the country today.
Venezuela is under siege. The USA and its allies unleashed unjust economic sanctions against the country that have resulted in Venezuela unable to sell its oil (its main source of revenue), and to buy food or medicine in the international market. It has stopped airlines traveling to Venezuela and the country is unable to make More