Cuba is not alone

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.

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.

Cuban Parliament Denounces U.S. Media War

CUBA, May 5, 2014. The Cuban Parliament denounced the continued U.S. media war against the island in a context marked by the use of new information and communication technologies with subversive aims.

During a public hearing, Cuban parliament representative Alberto Nuñez read a statement issued by the Parliament’s International Relations Committee criticizing the U.S. destabilizing actions which have taken place since the triumph of the Cuban Revolution in 1959.

Cuban Chancery Appreciates Chinese support against the Blockade

CUBA, April 22, 2014. Minister of Foreign Affairs of Cuba, Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla, appreciated the support by China at international forums against the economic, financial and commercial blockade imposed by the United States to the Caribbean Island for more than five decades.

Rodriguez highlighted the opposition of the Asian nation to Washington’s hostile policy, during the official welcoming to his Chinese counterpart, Wang Yi, who carried out a visit to Havana as part of a Latin American tour.

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.

President Mujica Rejects Blockade Against Cuba

URUGUAY, April 1st, 2014.- Uruguayan President Jose Mujica today rejected the U.S. economic blockade against Cuba and warned about the attempts to impose sanctions on Venezuela.

In a statement released by the Ministry of Communication of the Presidency, Mujica said: 'When the whole world asks the U.S. to eliminate the economic blockade against Cuba, some voices arise from that government threatening Venezuela with sanctions.

The first thing that Venezuela and throughout Latin America need is to be respected, said Mujica.

Caricom urges United States to end the blockade against Cuba

GUYANA, March 26, 2014. The Community of the Caribbean (Caricom) requested, once again, the end of the blockade the United States has imposed to Cuba for more than five decades.

"Caricom knows of the value of unity in the international arena because the coordination of the foreign policy is one of the key elements of our movement of integration", expressed Caricom's Secretary General Irwin LaRocque, during the ceremony of presentation of credentials of the new Permanent Representative of Cuba to this organization, Ambassador Julio González.

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