Submitted to President Obama Continued
Posted: 06 December 2011 02:42 PM   [ Ignore ]
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Mr. President:

On repeated occasions representatives of the United States have stated here that the issue we are discussing today is a bilateral matter and therefore, should not be discussed in this forum. They will probably repeat this fallacious argument today.

The facts demonstrate its inconsistency. Citizens and companies of many member states represented here have been the subject of sanctions for establishing economic relations with Cuba.

If not a demonstration of extraterritoriality, what are the fines imposed August 18, 2011 on the subsidiary of the French CMA CGM shipping and transport company for offering container services to Cuba? How could one describe the demands made by the European subsidiary PayPal, a company facilitating electronic transactions via Internet, on the German Rum Co. firm to remove Cuban rum and cigars from its webpage?

As can be appreciated in Cuba’s response contained in the abovementioned report from the Secretary General, the examples on extraterritoriality are innumerable.

Mr. President:

President Obama’s most recent statements on Cuba have left more than a few observers speechless, but they do not surprise us. The response of President Obama to the offer by the Cuban government to establish a dialogue on all issues of interest on the bilateral agenda, has been, once again, an evasive rejection on the basis of absurd arguments and unacceptable conditions which have never worked. His posture is old, repetitive, anchored to the past; it is as if, instead of being the President elected for change, his predecessors are speaking, including Republicans. He seems to be disinformed, totally unaware of what is currently taking place in our country, of our history and culture.

Cuba made the great change in 1959. At the cost of 20,000 lives, it swept away the dictatorship of Batista, the strong man of the United States. Since then, it has been changing day by day and it is due to its capacity for constant renovation that it has been able to resist. Others were unable to resist because they did not change and stagnated or because they lost their way. Today, Cuba is changing and will resolutely change everything that has to be changed within the Revolution and within socialism. More revolutionary and better socialism.

What have not changed for 50 years, Mr. President, are the blockade and the policy of hostility and aggression of the United States, despite the fact that they have not worked and will not work.

But what the United States government wants to change will not change. The Cuban government will continue being the “government of the people, by the people and for the people.” Our elections will not be auctions. There will not be four-billion-dollar election campaigns or a Parliament supported by 13% of electors. We will not have corrupt, political elites, separated from the people. We will continue to be a true democracy and not a plutocracy. We will defend the right to truthful and objective information.

We will continue to conquer “all justice.” We will protect equality of opportunity for every child and we will abandon no one. We will not renounce our social policies. Health care and education will continue to be universally available and free of charge. We will assure the right to work, a dignified retirement and social security. Equal pay for equal work will continue to be the norm. We will protect mothers-to-be and the disabled. Human beings will continue to come first. We will defend our culture.

We will continue to believe in human values. The exercise of human rights will be guaranteed for all Cubans. The economy must be efficient, but it will continue to serve the people. The lives of the people are and will be more important than macroeconomic data. Economic policies will continue to be discussed with the people. The consequences of the global economic crisis will be born by all. We will continue to redistribute wealth, so that there are no rich, no poor. We will not allow corruption, speculation, nor will we take money from workers to save banks. We will continue to seek foreign companies’ participation in our economy, with no exclusions whatsoever.

Mr. President:

It would be enough to review documents recently released by Wikileaks about the work of the Department of State and U.S. embassies in all countries, directed at obstructing political, diplomatic, economic, trade and cooperative relations with Cuba. Shameful in their content are the reports which reveal the concern about, interest in and slander of the humanitarian work done by Cuban medical brigades which are offering their noble, disinterested services to millions of people in dozens of sister countries.

The family ties and the limited cultural, academic and scientific exchange which exist between the United States and Cuba show how positive an expansion of these ties would be for both peoples, without the obstacles and conditions imposed by Washington. Cuba’s proposal to move toward the normalization of relations, and the expansion of bilateral cooperation in diverse spheres, stands. The reciprocal solution to pending humanitarian issues would likewise be of mutual interest.

Would it not be better for President Obama to address problems in the United States and let Cubans resolve our own, in peace and tranquility?

One of the five Cuban anti-terrorist fighters has recently completed his full, unjust 13-year sentence, down to the last minute, but is now prevented from returning to Cuba to rejoin his family, while the other four remain cruelly and unjustly incarcerated as political prisoners. The blatant corruption of the legal process, and the illegal conduct of the government during the trial, are widely known and well documented. Why are the Five not freed in an act of justice, or at least as a humanitarian gesture?

Mr. President:

I must transmit the profound gratitude of the Cuban people to all the countries which, over a 20-year period, have expressed, with their voices and votes, the necessity of ending the most unjust, prolonged and far-reaching unilateral sanctions in history, which have affected millions of Cubans.

In the name of Guillermo Domínguez Díaz (16 years of age), of Ivis Palacio Terry (18), Randy Barroso Torres (17) and of Adrián Izquierdo Cabrera (12) who have undergone protective surgery and spent months in casts, in bed, because the extensile pediatric prostheses they need are only produced in the United States or under U.S. patents, and in the name of María Amelia Alonso Valdés (2), Damián Hernández Valdés (4) and Dayán Romayena Lorente (12) who are suffering from central nervous system tumors and should be treated with Temodal, a U.S. patent protected product.

In the name of my self-sacrificing, generous, optimistic and heroic people, and for the good of all nations and “world equilibrium”, I request your support for proposed Resolution L.4 entitled, ‘The necessity of ending the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the United States on Cuba.’

Thank you very much.

[ Edited: 06 December 2011 04:59 PM by mscarde ]
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Posted: 06 December 2011 02:45 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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If you are just going to copy and paste propaganda from Granma, you won’t be here for very long.

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Posted: 06 December 2011 03:05 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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These are 2 threads that I happen to believe are unfair US policies against Cuba. I posted them for discussion. There are parts I don’t agree with and parts I do. I have never posted anything from Granma before anywhere, these were brought to my attention and I thought it would be worth discussing on a Cuba related forum.

I suppose if this forum isn’t really a safe place where people can freely voice their opinions without being accused of being a Castro-lover, then I don’t think this is the right place for me either.

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Posted: 06 December 2011 03:09 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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Opinions yes, copy and paste no. And if you are a Fidel lover and US hater then no need to push the propaganda here.

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Posted: 06 December 2011 03:25 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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I’m not a US hater or a Fidel lover. I hate any government unjustice equally.

The purpose of the cut and paste is that there is alot written in the articles and there is opportunity to pick them apart to analyze, dispute, or agree with.

If you disagree with the entire thing or think it’s not worth talking about, it’s your forum. Do what you want.

I didn’t come here to play regime supporter or US basher. I refuse to be put into a box, black or white, all or nothing.

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Posted: 06 December 2011 05:36 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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Okay. So far you have posted all good things about Fidel’s Cuba and how the US is bad.

Do you have anything good to say about the US or bad to say about Cuba? Just one thing… good about the US or bad about Cuba. I’m curious.

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Posted: 06 December 2011 08:14 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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Well yeah, since it’s just me and you.

Not to welcoming btw. I was encouraged to come here and see if we could revive this forum.

This is the only the only information that Cubans receive. Whether you or I buy into it or not, they don’t have the option of other media or Anderson Cooper, ‘Keeping them Honest.’ We like to believe what our government tells us, Cubans evem more so. If what you say is true, that Castro doesn’t want to end the embargo, this article sure leads the people of Cuba to believe he does.

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Posted: 06 December 2011 08:50 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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Thanks for that non-answer.

No need for me to be welcoming to a propagandist Communist wannabee.

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Posted: 06 December 2011 11:59 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]
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I think my answer was clear. Cubans DO NOT HAVE ANY OPTIONS FOR OTHER INFORMATION. I think it’s wrong that the Cuban gov’t blames all their problems on the US without anyone being able to challenge that in the media. I’m sorry I didn’t think I had to be so defined. There are other things that I think are very bad too, but I see you have a preconceived notion about me. I’m not sure why you approved my membership if you already held this bias.

I am not a communist wannabe. We have a perfectly legit Leninist-Marxist Communist party that runs for federally elected office here in Canada that I could become a full card carrying member if I wannabe. No one would judge me and I wouldn’t judge anyone who is, but I’m not. I don’t believe in communism, for me, it goes against human nature. You have no idea the patience it takes to help my husband through the psychological BS he was fed in Cuba. And it’s not just about the communism.

It amuses me that you cut and paste an article from Reuters about Amnesty International calling for an end to the embargo, but because mine comes from Cuba, I’m a propagandist.

I don’t mind debating issues with you, but your rudeness is uncalled for.

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