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Donald Trump in Miami

By Jesus Arboleya on 

 Once again, a U.S. president shows up in Miami to promise the fall of the Cuban regime. For half a century, this has happened for different causes and purposes: to appear tough on communism during the Cold War, to secure the vote of the Cuban-American community

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Lifting the Blockade, the U.S. Best Possible Deal with Cuba.

If U.S. President Donald Trump wants a ”better deal” with Cuba, he should continue the rapprochement and lift all aspects of the blockade, the journalist and activist Cheryl LaBash said here.

LaBash, who promotes ties with Cuba and is the co-president of the National Network on Cuba in the United States (NNOC) referred in those terms to the decision by the Republican president to reverse aspects of the U.S. opening policy on Cuba started by the previous administration.Trump said a week ago in Miami, Florida, that his executive order to restrict U.S. citizens’ travels to Cuba further and to limit trade and business was seeking a ‘better deal’ for the Cuban people and for the United States.

However, in an interview with Prensa Latina, LaBash noted that if the president really wanted that, he should not only keep the rapprochement with Cuba but also eliminate all aspects of the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by Washington for 55 years.

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Cuba will not make concessions essential to its sovereignty and independence, nor will it negotiate its principles or accept conditions

Press conference by Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla, minister of Foreign Relations of Cuba, in Vienna, Austria, June 19, 2017, Year 59 of the Revolution

June 20, 2017 14:06:42

(Council of State transcript / GI translation)

Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez during the press conference in Austria on President Donald Trump’s announcements. Photo: Cubaminrex

MODERATOR.- Welcome to this press conference which has been called by the Minister of Foreign Relations of the Republic of Cuba, the honorable Bruno Rodríguez Parilla. The Minister will presently make a statement in Spanish and English languages; and then take a few questions.

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Trump Turns His back On a Future with Cuba

By Jesse Jackson on June 13, 2017

Opinion

In his perverse fixation on overturning all things Barack Obama, President Donald Trump now turns his attention to Cuba, the island located 90 miles off our shore.Reports are that the president plans to travel to Florida to announce that he will reverse Obama’s opening to Cuba, reinstate restrictions on the right of U.S. citizens to travel to Cuba and curtail business opportunities that Obama had opened up by executive order.

This is, in a word, ridiculous. The United States maintained an economic embargo on Cuba for more than 50 years. It plotted repeatedly to assassinate Fidel Castro and to overthrow his regime.

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