2014

US Cuba Policy Clumsy, Unfocused, Says Ecuadorian Scholar

ECUADOR, August 20th, 2014.- Ecuadorian intellectual Juan Paz y Miño said today that U.S. policy towards Cuba is increasingly clumsy, backward, and unfocused, as evidenced in the program to promote subversion by infiltrating young Latin Americans from outside Cuba into the country.
"The U.S. government and its military-industrial apparatus fail to understand that the world has changed and its actions against Cuba are clumsy, backward, and unfocused. So they push a program like that to try to promote subversion using foreign youth," Paz y Miño told Prensa Latina.

Correa Calls US Blockade of Cuba Outrage against Rights

Guatemala, August 20th, 2014.- Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa called the economic, financial and trade blockade of Cuba, maintained by the United States for more than 50 years, as the worst outrage against the human rights, the international and inter-American law.
Giving a masterly lecture in the 5th Forum of Esquipulas, the Ecuadorian president said the blockade openly does not comply with the OAS foundation chart, and recalled that he himself has been condemned 22 consecutive times at the United Nations.

Sao Paulo Forum to Demand End of U.S. Blockade on Cuba

BOLIVIA, August 19th,2014.  – The Sao Paulo Forum to take place in Bolivia next week will request the U.S. to lift at once the economic, financial and trade blockade on Cuba, official sources said Monday.
The vice minister of Coordination with Social Movements, Alfredo Rada, told Patria Nueva Radio that this is one of the main topics of the international event taking place on August 25-29.

US legislators slam USAID subversive against Cuba

UNITED STATES,  August 6, 2014. United States health activists and legislators criticized the government plan to use a campaign against HIV in Cuba por political purposes, stating that these projects pose a threat to the health programs all over the world. Senator Patrick Leahy, head of the commission that supervises USAID budget, stated last Monday that  it would be "worse than irresponsible" if the agency used an HIV campaign with political purposes.

Hillary Clinton Reiterates Desire to Advance Relations with Cuba

CUBA, July 31, 2014.  Former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who reportedly is the favorite to be the Democrats candidate for the 2016 presidential elections, reiterated her wish to advance relations with Cuba, according to excerpts of an interview cited by PL news agency.

Clinton defended the idea that the US blockade of Cuba has been a failure, as she expressed in her book Hard Choices, published earlier this year.

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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