From Trump's rhetoric to Biden's offensive against Cuba

The offensive against Cuba intensifies at this time with the government of Joe Biden. The threatening rhetoric of Donald Trump gave way to more aggressive and sustained US policies that are on display today. The exclusion of the island in the next Summit of the Americas. The attempt to expel her from the United Nations Human Rights Council. The injection of hundreds of thousands of dollars to change their political and economic system by agencies like the CIA, NED and USAID. The persistent refusal to comply with the visa quotas already agreed upon for Cubans who must process them in Guyana. Washington’s support for any type of dissident artistic expression with government funds, a curious case since the US does not have a Ministry of Culture. A combo of interference in this time of war 2.0 to which is added a novel thesis on the problems that affect the largest of the Antilles. There are NGOs that operate from Miami and say that there is an “internal blockade”, but from the Cuban State to its population and not from Washington to Havana, which, as is known, has been in force for a little over sixty years.

The campaign of simultaneous measures to surrender Cuba by force – something that was proven ineffective during 63 years of the Revolution – has continued with haste and without pause since Biden arrived at the White House. In the diplomatic field, Undersecretary of State Brian Nichols confirmed on May 2 that the government of Havana, but also those of Venezuela and Nicaragua, will not be invited to the IX Summit of the Americas scheduled for June 8-10. in Los Angeles. The argument that he put forward is that “they do not respect the democratic charter.”

Cuba replied in the voice of its foreign minister, Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla: “The United States government will be able to show little about democracy at this incomplete Summit.” Criticism of the US also came from countries with a lot of weight in the region. The president of Mexico, Manuel López Obrador, asked Biden to invite “all the peoples of America.” There was no case.

The unilateral sanctions proposed by civil society organizations, and later executed by the United States government, are also not original. To the blockade that has been going on for six decades, systematically rejected by an overwhelming majority of countries voting at the United Nations – with the exception of the US and its partner, the state of Israel -, is now added the intention to expel Cuba from the UN Human Rights Council, a place it reached with Russia, China and Pakistan in 2020.

This purpose had been maturing and gained momentum in July 2021. A delegation from the organizations Cuba Decide and the Center for a Free Cuba met in Washington with Juan González, director of Western Hemisphere Affairs of the National Security Council. The activists who propose to destabilize the island from Miami, John Suárez, Rosa María Payá and the singer Jen Carlos Canela, were received by the official.

They asked González to “denounce the Cuban government in international forums, to apply sanctions to individuals and their families on the island, to urge Europe and other countries to copy them, to plan Internet access for the Cuban people and to submit all options under discussion”, among other initiatives. The director of the National Security Council reminded them of President Biden’s words about the 2021 protests on the island: “They are the direct result of a failed communist government.”

The maneuver to try to expel Cuba consisted of sending a letter to a handful of presidents and international forums. It was signed – according to its organizers – “more than 600 personalities” who support the measure. But they did not release their names. The request was delivered to Biden’s office, the Prime Ministers of Canada, Justin Trudeau, and Sweden, Magdalena Andersson, and also sent it to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet.

A source specializing in international relations told this newspaper that the intention to expel Cuba from the Human Rights Council “is not going to prosper. The only one that can adopt such a measure is the United Nations General Assembly and it is practically impossible for it to make such a decision. The only two times something similar happened was with Libya and now with Russia after the Assembly itself issued a resolution saying that it had violated the principle of non-use of force by invading another country. I don’t seriously believe that any state would take that flag simply because it would lose. There is no chance.”

The NGOs of the Cuban diaspora are as many as those promoted and financed by the United States to operate as a battering ram against Cuba. Without that support, its incidence would be relative. The Transatlantic Forum for a Free Cuba, led by John Suárez, openly maintains that the current political and economic system must be “changed towards democracy and the rule of law.” Its purpose ignores the vote that is ratified every year in the United Nations. In this area, Cuba promotes continuous resolutions against the unilateral US blockade that the international community repudiates. The thesis of the group that now calls for the expulsion of the Human Rights Council from Havana maintains the opposite.

It says that “Cubans flee Cuba due to the internal economic blockade imposed by the island’s regime that prevents individual development and economic self-sufficiency, since the military controls the means of production and the economy…”. It also blames the government of Miguel Díaz Canel for the migratory problem that the United States does not resolve despite the draconian measures it takes: “the regime at this time is using the thousands of Cubans who flee the island through flights to Nicaragua and other Central American countries to create a crisis and provoke a change in US policy towards Cuba”.

In the economy, human rights, migration, culture, the US appeals to the most varied strategies to provoke a change of government in Cuba. What the independent states call interference. The Magna Carta with which the Cuban state is governed says in article 4: “The socialist system endorsed by this Constitution is irrevocable. Citizens have the right to fight by all means, including armed struggle, when no other recourse is possible, against anyone who tries to overthrow the political, social and economic order established by this Constitution.”

In case there are any doubts, article 16 states: “The Republic of Cuba bases international relations on the exercise of its sovereignty and anti-imperialist and internationalist principles, based on the interests of the people and, consequently: a) reaffirms that international relations economic, diplomatic and political relations with any other State can never be negotiated under aggression, threat or coercion”.

It is just a part of the updated and reformed Constitution on April 10, 2019.

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