This is the time to end once and for all the U.S. unilateral blockade against Cuba

State Department’s ‘Cuba Internet Task Force’ Exposed as One More Attack on Cuban Sovereignty

Below is an intervention by Cheryl LaBash at the first meeting of the “Cuba Internet Task Force” at the U.S. State Department in Washington, DC on February 7, 2017

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Even after the last presidential election Pew Research polls demonstrated that 75 percent of the people in the U.S. support diplomatic relations with Cuba and 73 percent support ending the U.S. blockade of Cuba. I am one of them. The statistics hold for Cuban Americans, too. 191 of 193 countries voted to oppose the blockade just last November at the UN General Assembly.

The Federal Register announcement says the purpose of the Cuba Internet Task Force is “to examine technological challenges and opportunities for expanding internet access in Cuba.”

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Let’s Stop Calling Cuba Unsafe

By Christopher P. Baker on January 24, 2018

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On January 18, 2018, Cuba was named “Safest Country for Tourism” at the 38th annual International Tourism Fair (FITUR), in Madrid, Spain. That’s no surprise to me. I’ve always considered Cuba to be the safest place in the Americas outside Canada, despite the almost laughable accusations of “sonic attacks” on U.S. diplomatic staff in Havana.

In October 15, 2017, the Trump administration recalled more than half the personnel at the U.S. Embassy in Havana, claiming that they had been deliberately “targeted” in “sonic attacks.” Twenty-four staffers (plus several Canadians) are reported to have suffered hearing and cognitive impairment and other issues while in Cuba between November 2016 and August 2017.

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Cuba protests US attempt to use internet for subversion

February 1, 2018

Following is the full text of a Note from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in protest of the US government’s attempt to flagrantly violate Cuban sovereignty, taken from the official website of MINREX.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs delivered today (yesterday) to the Chargé d’Affaires a.i. of the United States in Havana, Lawrence Gumbiner, a diplomatic note that expresses its strong protest against the claim of the US government to flagrantly violate Cuban sovereignty, with respect to the national competence to regulate the flow of information and the use of mass media, while rejecting the attempt to manipulate the Internet to carry out illegal programs for political purposes and subversion, as part of their actions aimed at altering or changing the constitutional order of the Republic of Cuba. The same note was sent by the Embassy of Cuba in Washington to the Department of State.

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Support Colombian Political Prisoner Simon Trinidad Held at US Maximum Security Prison

By the International Campaign for the Release of Simon Trinidad on January 29, 2018

In Colombia, like many other Latin American countries, peasant farmers with little land have been oppressed ever since colonial times. Up until the mid-20th century Colombia also had a history of partisan political violence between the traditional Conservative and Liberal parties. After a period known as La Violencia that lasted, by most accounts, from about 1948 until the late 1950s or early 1960s, a pact was reached between the Liberals and Conservatives that would prevent any other parties from gaining political power for 20 years.

As in many other Latin American countries, such exclusionary political arrangements were being challenged by leftist guerrilla movements. In this context rural sectors that were affiliated with the Liberal fighters during La Violencia joined with political activists inspired by the Communist Party to form the Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia, or FARC, in 1964.

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