End the Embargo on Cuba

End the Embargo on Cuba END THE EMBARGO ON CUBA! Help us write into law the new policy toward Cuba that President Obama has enacted by executive order and regulatory changes.
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Founded in 1983, The Latin America Working Group (LAWG) leads one of the nation's longest-standing coalitions dedicated to foreign policy. LAWG and its sister organization, the Latin America Working Group Education Fund, work with over 60 major religious, humanitarian, grassroots and policy organizations to directly influence decision makers in Washington DC. LAWG is a trusted voice in Congress. We have guided our nation's representatives to change U.S. policies towards Latin America and promote human rights, justice, peace and sustainable development throughout the region.

Founded in 1983, The Latin America Working Group (LAWG) leads one of the nation's longest-standing coalitions dedicated to foreign policy. LAWG and its sister organization, the Latin America Working Group Education Fund, work with over 60 major religious, humanitarian, grassroots and policy organizations to directly influence decision makers in Washington DC. LAWG is a trusted voice in Congress. We have guided our nation's representatives to change U.S. policies towards Latin America and promote human rights, justice, peace and sustainable development throughout the region.

Mission: 1. End the trade embargo on Cuba. 2. End the travel ban on Cuba by a law passed by Congress. 3. End the so-called “democracy promotion” programs by USAID and NED. 4. End the “brain-drain” program, the Cuban Medical Professionals Parole program. 5. Defund the Martis: Radio Martí, Televisión Martí, and martinoticias.com 6. Repeal the Cuban Adjustment Act, which gives preferential treatment and privileges to Cuban migrants, and end the “Wet Foot, Dry Foot” policy, which encourages Cubans to risk their lives crossing the Florida Straits.

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Important! Potential Cuban COVID vaccine won't be available in the United States.
08/21/2020
Cuba: COVID-19 vaccine project already tested on three researchers | OnCubaNews English

Important! Potential Cuban COVID vaccine won't be available in the United States.

After the test, the scientists have developed “a high immune response,” which will be confirmed after the second dose is applied in the next few days. In addition, the island will begin the clinical trials phase of Soberana 01 next Monday, with the administration of the drug to 40 people, and wi...

Cuba reacts quickly.
08/10/2020
Havana back on lockdown as coronavirus rebounds

Cuba reacts quickly.

Cuba placed Havana back on a strict lockdown on Saturday following a rebound in coronavirus cases, ordering restaurants, bars and pools once more to close, suspending public transportation and banning access to the beach.

07/29/2020

Congressman Rush withdrew the two Cuba amendments from consideration in the Rules Committee of the House of Representatives. Expect some action on Cuba policy in the Congress after the November elections. Be ready to take action!

Important information. Why can't the United States cooperate with Cuba in scientific exchange?
07/07/2020
Cuba credits two drugs with slashing coronavirus death toll

Important information. Why can't the United States cooperate with Cuba in scientific exchange?

Communist-run Cuba said this week that use of two drugs produced by its biotech industry that reduce hyper-inflammation in seriously ill COVID-19 patients has sharply curbed its coronavirus-related death toll.

Cuba is doing so well in the fight against covid-19. Public health protocols. The US has much to learn. Cuba is saving l...
07/02/2020
Cuban capital to ease lockdown, joins rest of the country

Cuba is doing so well in the fight against covid-19. Public health protocols. The US has much to learn. Cuba is saving lives. The US, not so much.

https://www.reuters.com/article/health-coronavirus-cuba-lockdown/cuban-capital-to-ease-lockdown-joins-rest-of-the-country-idUSL1N2E901X?fbclid=IwAR0sPNd-uIrH1KTU--dKCmDwU5u3qSPjruPvVaEjRKI5g2YPOWfvPuhDuxc

Cuba said on Wednesday it will begin easing a pandemic lockdown on Havana on Friday, while most of the rest of the country will move to phase two of a three-phase process towards normalization.

07/01/2020

Five years later, diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Cuba are a mess

BY JEFFREY DELAURENTIS

THE MIAMI HERALD

OPINIONS

JUNE 30, 2020 12:51 PM

Five years ago, on July 1, I walked into the Cuban Ministry of Foreign Affairs and exchanged letters with my Cuban counterpart from our respective heads of state, setting in motion the re-establishment of diplomatic relations between Havana and Washington. A heavy page was turned, weighted down by 55 years of pain, suffering, regrets and recriminations.

A new chapter in relations had begun — or so I thought.

Fast forward to today: It’s as if the Trump administration has rewound history. They are deporting Cubans seeking asylum in the United States, limiting the ability of Cuban Americans to send remittances to the island to support their families and restricting opportunities for trade and travel. The State Department designated Cuba as “non-cooperative with U.S. counter-terrorism efforts,” one step short of returning Cuba to the state sponsor of terrorism list. Most punitive measures are sure to come with similarly little or no justification between now and the November elections.

Today, those in the administration driving the “maximum pressure” policy toward Cuba know it will not lead to the regime change they advocate — that it strengthens Cuba’s (and Iran’s) hand in Venezuela, with Russia and China occupying the vacuum we left behind. They nevertheless continue down this path, trying to manipulate an important political bloc understandably frustrated and impatient for change on the island they love.

Indeed, what is unfolding is a feckless approach predicated not on America’s national interests but on domestic politics. It’s a hollow imitation of a policy that failed the United States for nearly 60 years — and a policy on which I thought we had finally turned the page. Meanwhile, hardliners in Cuba smile from ear to ear. They know how to deal with this playbook exceedingly well; it is far more comfortable for them than engagement.

Between 2015 and January 2017, our two governments were in perpetual contact. On our side, engagement was viewed not as an end in itself but rather a means to advance a wide range of American interests. We re-established diplomatic relations, opened embassies, signed 23 agreements and initiated 17 dialogues that would improve the security and well-being of both countries. Our international and regional initiatives and priorities were progressing more smoothly given Cuba’s outsized stature in the global south. People-to-people travel expanded to hundreds of thousands on safe U.S. commercial airlines. Business, educational and cultural delegations large and small arrived, leading to increased commerce, exchange and understanding. Americans were seizing the new opportunities we had provided them.

Meanwhile, the flow of information, to, from and within Cuba mushroomed. Cuba’s private sector — which now accounts for 15 percent of GNP — was dynamic and growing. Living conditions for the Cuban people, especially those courageous enough to venture into burgeoning private enterprises, were improving. Mentalities were changing. Younger Cubans were enthusiastic about the future, some putting their energy into the island’s future rather than plotting to leave. Their counterparts in the United States were coming to re-connect with their heritage, meet their counterparts and explore opportunities.

Today, all of this progress has been halted. Where is the human-rights dialogue we launched? Where are the negotiations we began on expropriated properties? Anyone who thinks they will be compensated through a Helms-Burton Title III claim is dreaming. And what is the administration’s record on bringing home fugitives from American justice? Nada.

The administration’s hypocrisy is breathtaking. While we hear plenty about human-rights abuses in Cuba, much of the rest of the world gets a pass. Look at the administration’s silence on civil and political rights in Egypt, North Korea, Saudi Arabia and Turkey. Closer to home, Washington has been mute on the excesses and threats to democracy by the leaders of El Salvador and Brazil. It’s as if we have regressed to the 1980s, when we looked the other way at the abuses of right-wing dictators and excoriated only those on the left. Never mind what is happening within our own borders. American leadership and soft power are being frittered away, our leverage on the island now in tatters.

Hardliners in the White House like to say that engagement didn’t lead to positive change. Yet the notion that nothing changed on the island is just false. Our engagement was helping to make the lives of the Cuban people better and positive change more likely. I saw it firsthand.

For decades the U.S. objective was supposed to be about helping improve Cubans’ lives, consistent with U.S. interests and values. But this was in permanent tension with our actual policy. President Obama in 2014 asked correctly how can we keep doing the same thing and expect a different result.

I ask this question, again, now.

Ambassador (ret.) Jeffrey DeLaurentis is a Distinguished Resident Fellow in Latin American Studies at Georgetown University’s Institute for the Study of Diplomacy. He was charge d’affaires of the U.S. Embassy in Havana, Cuba, from 2015-17.

A bit of peace in turbulent times....
07/01/2020

A bit of peace in turbulent times....

Todo el verde del Valle de #Viñales. ¡Una maravilla! #Cuba OnCuba Travel

"It seems that the more Cuba helps the world, the more it gets hammered by the Trump administration."
06/16/2020
Trump Hammers Cuba While Cuba Cures the Sick Worldwide

"It seems that the more Cuba helps the world, the more it gets hammered by the Trump administration."

So great is the admiration for Cuban doctors that a global campaign has sprung up to award them the Nobel Peace Prize... A team of 85 Cuban doctors and nurses arrived in Peru on June 3 to help the Andean nation tackle the coronavirus pandemic. That same day, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced....

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06/13/2020
Nobel for Cuban Doctors

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While Trump defunds the WHO, bashes China and hijacks PPE from other countries, Cuba’s Henry Reeve International Medical Brigade is fighting Covid-19 in 22 countries. These doctors and nurses are truly worthy of a Nobel Peace Prize, join me in asking the Nobel committee to nominate them! #NobelFor...

Take this opportunity to register for this upcoming webinar, June 16th ... A conversation between actor Danny Glover and...
06/12/2020
A Conversation between Danny Glover and the Cuban Ambassador to the U.S. José Ramón Cabañas

Take this opportunity to register for this upcoming webinar, June 16th ... A conversation between actor Danny Glover and the Cuban Ambassador to the United States.

Registrants for this discussion will receive a special invitation to join an interactive event with medical professionals, elected officials, and activists who are building the campaign for medical collaboration with Cuba, to save lives.

https://theinternationalcommittee.org/a-conversation-between-danny-glover-and-the-cuban-ambassador-to-the-u-s-jose-ramon-cabanas

CLICK HERE to REGISTER Saving Lives Campaign for US-CUBA-CANADA Medical Cooperation invites you to a conversation A conversation, moderated by Alicia Jrapko for the #SavingLives Campaign Tuesday, J…

Wouldn't this be great?!
06/12/2020
Sign the Petition Now! - Nobel for Cuban Doctors

Wouldn't this be great?!

Selflessness, solidarity and working for the common good characterize what the Nobel Peace Prize should be about. These traits aptly describe Cuba’s Henry Reeve International Medical Brigade, which has saved over 80,000 lives since 2005 and is currently working in 22 countries to fight the coronav...

"Anti-virus materials previously donated by the Alibaba Foundation to help Cuba combat Covid-19 are still stranded in Ch...
06/10/2020
Embargo blocks crucial medical supplies to Cuba

"Anti-virus materials previously donated by the Alibaba Foundation to help Cuba combat Covid-19 are still stranded in China."

In an action sure to be condemned by the majority of members of the United Nations, the US government of president Donald Trump continues to block humanitarian Covid-19 aid to Cuba at a crucial tim…

The poster child for repression against Cuba."While cheering the Trump administration’s decision last week to revoke Mar...
06/10/2020
Rick Scott Calls on Trump Administration to Do More to Hold Cuban Regime Accountable |

The poster child for repression against Cuba.

"While cheering the Trump administration’s decision last week to revoke Marriott International’s license to operate in Cuba, U.S. Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., called for tougher action against that nation’s communist regime."

Rick Scott Calls on Trump Administration to Do More to Hold Cuban Regime Accountable

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El embargo sólo funciona con el gobierno cubano, y no le impide hacer compras de medicamentos y medicinas en Estados Unidos; lo que no puede es importar tecnología ni servicios, o accede a créditos. El único embargo real es el que impide a individuos cubanos hacer negocios directos con extranjeros; y ese no corre por cuenta del gobierno norteamericano sino del cubano mismo.
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Cuban people do not need any more problems, they have had enough since 1959 Please God help them!!!
Forever, loved my stay in Havana!
We first released this before President Obama loosened things up a little. Now that things are tightening again, time to revisit it.
Loosely translated from Spanish ... “All countries should warn their citizens about the risks of travelling to Cuba! ❤️🇨🇺 It’s important for all countries to communicate to their citizens the risks of travelling to Cuba. 1) There are very contagious diseases such as smiles and happiness and those who go to Cuba will surely contract them. 2) There are very dangerous security issues. For example, do not go near big riotous meetings of people because, for sure, you will receive hugs from the Cuban people and suffer dance symptoms and end up being another one of them. 3) There is imminent danger of a lot of sunshine and sea that can harm the sensitivities of pleasure in the human body. 4) Food is a problem throughout the island. Even though there is a blockade and some missing food, it is one of the few countries where there is no child malnutrition. 5) It is very difficult because, when you’re in Cuba, you don’t get to see what is happening in your own country: armed assaults on people and in shops, robberies and outbursts in the streets, children working, people living in a situation of extreme poverty, sleeping in the streets, homelessness, car thefts, assaults on cars and buses, taxis that charge you what they want, currency exchange rates that legally assault you when you arrive at an airport, people with hate shooting towards crowds, etc etc. If you're used to seeing these things don't go to Cuba because you won't see them there. 6) Don't go with children to Cuba! It's very dangerous because afterwards you’ll have a whole year of them saying "I want to go to Cuba! When are we going to Cuba?!” Obviously you can use these words against them “If you misbehave, you don't go Cuba! ...” 7) In Cuba it’s no excuse that you do not understand the language. They speak Spanish with a few distinct differences but, if you speak another language, you can be sure that some Cuban you see on the street will talk to you.” You have been warned!! ❤️🇨🇺
My new book, YOUNG CUBA / CUBA JOVEN, about the diversity and dignity of young Cubans -
SIGNEZ LA PÉTITION EN APPUI À CUBA http://chng.it/QpsY67Cv La république de Cuba traverse une crise grave provoquée par le durcissement du blocus économique imposé par les États-Unis. Cette crise menace la sécurité, l'indépendance et la dignité de ce pays ami et de son peuple. Le Canada ne peut rester muet face à cette lutte inégale entre le pays le plus puissant du monde et Cuba qui résiste depuis si longtemps pour conserver son indépendance. Cuba représente actuellement un exemple inspirant pour tous les pays par sa résistance cohérente et rigoureuse à la culture de surconsommation et d'inégalités qui se propage partout ailleurs et qui menacent la sécurité de la planète et de ses habitants. Le peuple de Cuba avec son courage et sa résilience appelle à la compassion d'un pays riche comme le Canada qui depuis longtemps considère ce pays comme un ami. La république de Cuba mérite tout le support du Canada pour ses accomplissements en matière de démocratie participative, accès à l'éducation et a la santé, promotion de la culture, maintien d'un taux de violence et de criminalité des plus bas. Le bilan général de la gouvernance de la république de Cuba mis en comparaison avec plusieurs autres pays d'Amérique Latine et des Caraïbes est très positif. Plusieurs indicateurs tendent à démontrer que les États-Unis ont accéléré les actions visant à déstabiliser le climat économique et social cubain et préparent actuellement leur opinion publique à accepter des gestes d'agression encore plus directe envers la république de Cuba. Les générations futures tant au Canada qu'à Cuba se souviendront de la persistance de nos deux pays à maintenir une relation cohérente de respect et de solidarité si le Canada continue d'agir en ce sens. Dans le cas contraire, l'histoire retiendra la trahison que le Canada aura infligée à ce petit pays.