Low Morale Prevails at U.S. Anti-Cuba Broadcasting Office

CUBA, July 9, 2014. Low morale plagues the office of the Cuba Broadcasting Office, the U.S. government organization that leads the anti-Cuba and so-called Radio and TV Marti, according to a new survey cited by the Miami Herald newspaper.

An article by journalist Michael Doyle McClatchy, published in the Herald on Monday, reads that “in a partially redacted report dated July 7th, based on employee interviews conducted last year, the State Department’s Office of The Inspector General cited morale as among the pressing challenges facing the Cuban broadcasting operations.”

African Union rejects U.S. blockade against Cuba

NAMIBIA, July 3, 2014. With the support of Namibia and the rest of the member countries of the SADC, the African Union adopted for the fourth consecutive year, a resolution condemning and demanding an end to the unjustified and criminal U.S. blockade policy against Cuba.

The resolution, which was discussed at the high-level segment of the XXIII Summit of the African Union, recently concluded in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, was approved unanimously, with the support of all member states of the Union.

Cuba Reiterates at United Nations the denunciation against Blockade

UNITED NATIONS,  June 10, 2014.Cuba reiterated last Monday its denunciation against the violations of the human rights and the State Law that represents the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by Washington to the Caribbean island.

ALBA Condemns USAID's Subversive “Cuban Twitter”

CUBA, April 21, 2014. Member states of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America (ALBA) have condemned a social networking system developed by the United States to stir anti-government protests in Cuba.

Labelling the US programme as “illegal and immoral”, ALBA demanded the “immediate cessation” of U.S. destabilizing efforts against Cuba.

New actions in the implementation of the economic, commercial and financial embargo blockade on Cuba

CUBA,  July 28, 2014. Days ago the media reported that Red Bull North America, the energy drink company, turned into the latest victim of the economic, commercial and financial blockade the government of the United States continues to impose against Cuba despite the almost unanimous rejection of the international community.

According to the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), the entity agreed to pay an $ 89 755.00-dollar fine for shooting a documentary in the Caribbean Island without authorization from the U.S. Treasury Department.

Jamaica Blasts US Ban on Retail Shop Sales to Cubans

CUBA,  July 8, 2014. Kingston reiterated its support of Cuba against the recent US ban on the PriceSmart bulk-shopping warehouse to do transactions with Cuban diplomats in Jamaica for considering an illegal measure.

According to Jamaica's Daily Times newspaper, the US PriceSmart bulk-shopping warehouse suspended in March the accounts of the Cuban embassy staff and citizens residing on the island without permanent residency by saying that the company was forced to imposed the ban, citing the over-50-year economic blockade of Cuba.

Pastors for Peace Caravan to Cuba Successfully Crosses from BC, Canada into Washington, US

CANADA,  July 9, 2014Over 90 supporters gathered at Peace Arch Park today, Sunday July 6, to send off the 25th Pastors for Peace Caravan to Cuba. Supporters came from across British Columbia and Washington State to make sure all of the humanitarian aid collected in British Columbia would make it across the border and on its way to Cuba. 

US Subversive Plots Against Cuba Denounced in Mexico

MEXICO, June 23, 2014. US President Barack Obama''s government and the counter-revolutionary groups based in Miami are currently elaborating a new subversive plot against Cuba, using so-called "soft war" techniques, according to a new report published in Mexico.

In a report that appeared in the La Jornada newspaper, journalist Carlos Fazio warned that the National Cuban American Foundation is back to its old methods, but now without trying to kill Cuba's president, or sabotage and terrorize people in the Caribbean nation.

French Finance Minister Says BNP Fine Could Affect EU-U.S. Trade Talks

PARIS, June 6, 2014. The fine that U.S. authorities are set to impose on the French bank BNP Paribas could affect EU-US trade talks, French Finance Minister Michel Sapin said Thursday.

"We are trusted partners and this trust should not be broken," Sapin told the French daily Le Monde, referring to EU and the United States.

Media reports have said that BNP Paribas, France's biggest bank, could face criminal charges and a fine of up to $10 billion for managing transactions for countries under U.S. economic sanctions, like Iran, Sudan and Cuba.

United States threats French bank BNP Paribas with fine for violating blockade against Cuba

CUBA,  May 30, 2014. The US administration intends to fine the National Bank of Paris, BNP Paribas, with 10 billion dollars for having allegedly breached the laws establishing the extraterritorial, economic, commercial and financial US blockade of Cuba.

This would be one of the strongest fines ever imposed on an entity based on US territory, according to The Wall Street Journal, which reported that the conclusion of the BNP Paribas case, on the bank’s activities from 2002 to 2009 with Cuba, Iran and Sudan, could take place in few weeks to come.

Ecuadorian president Rafael Correa Condemns criminal blockade against Cuba

ECUADOR, May 28, 2014.  Ecuadorian president Rafael Correa Delgado condemned the United States blockade against Cuba during a Report to the Nation last May 24th, in ocassion of the 192nd anniversary of the battle of Pichincha that marked the independence from colonialism.

The President stated that "it is inconceivable that the Inter American Commission on Human Rights has its headquarters in the nation that maintains a criminal blockade against Cuba". 

Illinois Corn Association Urges President Barack Obama to Increase Commerce with Cuba

CUBA,  May 13, 2014. The Association of Corn Growers of Illinois requested that President Barack Obama increases the commerce opportunities  between United States and Cuba.

In a communiqué, the organization, based in Bloomington, says that Cuba's location represents "an excellent opportunity for food and consumer products of Illinois." This is because the country is located very close to the commercial ports of the southern part of the United States. But corn growers say that federal restrictions on financial transactions with Cuba are making business difficult.

US Blockade the Main Obstacle to Development, Cuba Charges

GENEVA,  May 13, 2014. Cuban denounced today here that the main obstacle to the Cuban people''s ability to exercise their right to development is the economic, trade and financial blockade imposed by the United States against the island for more than 50 years.

This aggression persists and continues to be intensified, and is a mass, flagrant, and systematic violation of human rights, said Cuban delegate Alejandro Castillo.

U.S. Legislators Favor U.S.-Cuba Dialogue

CUBA, May 6, 2014.  Four U.S. congressional representatives agreed in Havana on Monday that there are favorable conditions for direct and unconditional dialogue between Havana and Washington to normalize bilateral relations.

The four U.S.  representatives visiting Cuba are Democrats Barbara Lee and Sam Farr, from California; Emmanuel Cleaver,Missouri; and Gregory W. Meeks, New York.