Cuba Politics

OFAC pits Bush in choice between Cuban exiles and religious right

Posted January 14, 2006 by publisher in Cuba Politics.

Axis of Logic

CUBA solidarity groups The Venceremos Brigade and the Pastors for Peace Foundation confirmed yesterday that US authorities have fined hundreds of their members a total of $1.5 million for travelling to Cuba.

Thousands of US citizens have visited the socialist island over the last 30 years as members of both of these groups in order to express their solidarity with a neighbouring country that has chosen a different path from the one that ten US administrations have sought to impose on it.

Last week, the US Treasury Department contacted 200 travellers associated with those groups and linked them to acts of civil disobedience for their visits to Cuba.

In total, the fines issued against the activists add up to over $1.5 million.

Pastors for Peace Foundation leader Reverend Lucius Walker travelled to Havana last November as part of his efforts to build international solidarity with Cuba.

Revd Walker made the trip with a group of young people who are studying at the Latin American School of Medicine (ELAM) and their relatives.

The school was created by the Cuban government to offer low-income youth from across the continent the opportunity to study medicine.

Revd Walker emphasised that his visit was another example of the brotherhood between the peoples of the US and Cuba.

No measure adopted by the government in Washington could stop their traditional fraternity with the island, he noted.

Revd Walker also pointed to Cuba’s victory at the United Nations in 2005, when 182 countries voted to end the criminal economic blockade maintained by the United States against Havana for over four decades.

The vote was 182-4 and ambassadors from dozens of countries condemned the antiquated policy.

Member Comments

On January 14, 2006, publisher wrote:

So, does Bush now have to choose between the religious right supporters and the far right Cuban exile community?

On January 14, 2006, ROLO wrote:

  I think the intended help to any people and to any country
  should be shored up by any government,people are people beyond
  political background or be under misrulers,I see in Zimbabwe
  where the government especially in the last years has been
  atrocious,how withholding the help from ngo and international
  bodies,included UN has been criminal,people are suffering,
  people are dying,one thing to me is be against policies and
  other is to help people In Need,as a Christian I sided with
  the people in need,so as a Christian Bush has to take into
  account the first,the people in need.Fidel Castro and the his
  cronies suffer nothing,they have everything,but the people
  by foot,the normal one,who are the majority re suffering shortage of many things,so no matter those gorups fell pro-castro sensations,the key issue is they bring a little bit of
help for the poor in Cuba.Any Law whitch restrains to do so is
in my view outrageous and in the end a total disaster.

On January 14, 2006, CWS wrote:

Pastors for Peace espouses a Christianity quite opposed to that put forward by the religious right. Its members and the Venceremos Brigade are natural targets under this law.

On January 16, 2006, waldo wrote:

There appears to be very little difference between the religious right and the far right Cuban exiles. Many same are in both and both have many the same. Moreover, both are close to fanatics for, and use the same totalitarian intransijence that Bush.

On January 16, 2006, ROLO wrote:

Waldo: Une hirondelle ne fait pas le primtemp,Pat Robertson and
his silly remarks cannot deny the good intentions,the strenght,
the devoted actions of the american religious people,if you
want to have a good example of intransigence,you can find it
in some behaviours of Cuban-american exiles and of course in
the old guard of the Castro regime.