Stop USA's blockade against Cuba
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USA's blockade against Cuba has been imposed for more than half a century. It entails enormous economic losses and shortages for the Cuban population. USA's blockade is an act of war and a genocide.
Despite the reestablishment of diplomatic relations, the US continues to apply a whole series of hostile policies against the Cuban people. Among them, the main one is the economic, commercial and financial blockade that has been in force since 1962.
What is the blockade?
The blockade, imposed by the USA on Cuba consists of a series of measures aimed at sinking its economy and to achieve the country's surrender by force and with the intention of inducing people's rebellion against the revolutionary government. The economic, commercial and financial blockade was declared on February 7, 1972.
What does the international community think about the blockade?
The international community demands an end to the blockade. Annually, since 1992, the United Nations Assembly has voted against the blockade. Last 2016 191 countries voted to end the blockade, and only two countries abstained: the USA and Israel.
The peoples of the world are demanding the end of the blockade. Fighting against the blockade is to defend Cuba's right to self determination.
What consequences does the blockade have?
At the economic level, during these 54 years, the blockade has caused economic losses for more than 121,192 billion dollars. The blockade does not allow the full development of Cuba. It affects all social sectors: health, education, sports, commerce, etc. The US must compensate Cuba for the damages caused.
Some examples of what the blockade means for the Cuban people:
12 hours of blockade are equivalent to all the insulin required annually for Cuba's 64,000 patients
3 weeks of blockade are equivalent to the materials to finish a highway in Cuba
2 days of blockade are equivalent to pencils, notebooks, and other school materials of a school year in Cuba.
5 minutes of blockade are equivalent to the materials needed to build a two-room house
Why does the US block Cuba?
After the revolutionary triumph of January 1, 1959, the US could not allow the existence of a sovereign, independent, internationalist, and free state like Cuba: a socialist project only 90 miles away. Cuba is an example and a beacon for the rest of the world. A state not subject to USA's sphere of influence.
What can the president of the US do?
Although many of the most important measures (converted into laws) have to be derogated by the US Congress and the US president does not have the power to carry them out, he/she can take other measures to end the blockade, including:
Authorize the US dollar in the international transactions of Cuba and that these transactions are carried out through the US banking system
To end the policy of financial prosecution against Cuba
To allow Cuba to import from third countries products containing more than 25% of components coming from the USA
Authorize US companies to invest in Cuba
What can the Congress do?
Derogate the prohibition on US capital companies in third countries to trade goods with Cuba (Torricelli Law). This law also prohibits any vessel that docks in a port of Cuba to go to US territory within six months.
Derogate the prohibition to carry out transactions with US properties that were nationalized in Cuba (Helms-Burton Act).
Eliminate the impediment to US citizens to travel to Cuba for tourism purposes
Annul Cuba's obligation to pay in cash and in advance for the purchase of agricultural products in the USA.
It is time to end the blockade!
I is more necessary than ever to inform, organize, and raise awareness of the peoples of the world to demand an end to the blockade, and that the Cuban society can develop freely and without external interference of any kind.
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