End of Blockade of Cuba and Sabotage on Progressive Govts Demanded

Source:  Prensa Latina
May 2 2016

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Representatives of 209 guilds, institutions and social movements from 34 countries demanded today the end of the US economic blockade of Cuba and the cease of political sabotage against the Latin American progressive governments and movements.

At Havana’s Conference Center, around 1,600 activists that shared on Sunday with the Cuban people the celebrations on the International Workers’ Day, recognized that the policy of economic, trade and financial hostility by Washington against Cuba still persists.

kenia serrano 7The blockade is still harshly in force

The blockade implemented more than 50 years ago has not disappeared and is still harshly in force, said the president of the Cuban Institute of Friendship with the Peoples, Kenia Serrano, in the plenary of the International Meeting of Solidarity with Cuba, Latin America and the Caribbean.

Serrano explained to the participants that many could have a false perception that the hostile policy, vestige of the Cold War, disappeared after the measures adopted by the Administration of President Barack Obama, starting from the process to normalize the relations that the two countries began.

However, the truth is that despite the measures, the blockade is still rigorously in force.

End sabotage by the capitalist counter-offensive in the Latin American

The need to end that restrictive regulation, the main hindrance to Cuba’s normal development, was also justified and demanded by all participants in the meeting, many of whom were members of the 11th Contingent of the Brigade of Solidarity Primero de Mayo (May 1).

The group, composed of representatives of nations in all continents, also demanded the end of what they called political and economic sabotage by the capitalist counter-offensive in the Latin American region, and urged to confront it

One thought on “End of Blockade of Cuba and Sabotage on Progressive Govts Demanded

  1. Kenia Serrano, the president of the Cuban Institute of Friendship with the Peoples is right “……..the blockade…… is still harshly enforced.” There is no doubt about the veracity of he statement.

    The fact is that the US empire will not readily end the economic blockade against the Cuban Revolution despite the declarations of the empire’s spokespersons including President Obama about the normalization of US-Cuba relations. The reasons for the latter are probably two fold.

    First, the US empire despite the nice liberal sounding pronouncements of the US president and other officials in the State Department and the White House still desire to impose the maximum economic costs on the revolution and the people of Cuba.

    The managers of the empire still believe that the Cuban people and their leaders must be punished for breaking away from being a dependent hub in the empire’s international workshop. They are fully aware of the huge costs that the blockade has already imposed on the various sectors of the Cuban economy in terms of higher import costs for inputs like technologies, steel, raw materials, medicines, high transportation costs and many other costs. They are equally fully aware of the huge costs of the blockade on Cuba’s productivity due to tractors, machines, buses, trains and other forms of physical capital like water supply systems and electrical grids that either function periodically or not at all in the absence of imported spare parts or the short supply of these parts which hinder production. They are more than aware of the loss output, employment and incomes and the multiplier effects of all this on Cuba’s growth and development in more than five decades of their criminal blockade.

    Nonetheless, it is clear that the more dominant elements in the US ruling classes including the US Congress controlled by the reactionary Republicans in bed with the anti-Castro mafia in Miami are in no hurry to end the blockade anytime soon.

    Presumably, in the short term they intend to put a spoke in Obama’s political wheel, namely, they would like to deny him the victory to have ended the blockade and to have “normalized” relations with Cuba as a part of his legacy. However, it appears that long term, the empire and their political representatives in the US Congress intend to inflict more devastating economic, social and political costs on the Cuban Revolution through the blockade. Their mistaken political goal appears to use the removal of the blockade as leverage to impose Washington type reforms in Cuba hoping that the blockade would destroy the economy to the point where the revolutionary government would be so desperate that it would agree essentially to dismantle its socialist revolution by accepting its reforms. Good luck with that dream!

    Secondly, it seems plausible to believe that the US empire is also intent on its old objective of punishing Cuba even more to reiterate the costs awaiting other countries in the region and the world who dare to challenge Washington’s imperial global dominance.

    However the latter imperial thinking so prevalent in Washington and other imperialist centers in the world tend to miscalculate the political and economic balance of forces within the region and globally. First, there are several countries such as Venezuela, Ecuador and others in the region that have been challenging the empire’s dictates in their domestic and foreign policies knowing full well the costs of pursuing sovereign policies like those of Cuba’s. Thus, one of the lessons that the empire knows and acts ignorant about is that countries do not avoid challenging its dominance for fear of economic and political reprisals. On the contrary, they challenge the empire’s dominance because the alternative is even costlier not to do so,namely, they challenge the structural poverty, hunger, low levels of industrial development, lack of opportunities for jobs, freedom to get education, health care, housing among other opportunities.The latter are all unbearable costs that directly result from the economic and political dominance of imperialism in these countries. In short, countries under the clutches of the empire resist its dominance over their lives because they desire to break with dependency and underdevelopment that are many times more costly for their peoples than the harsh reprisals of imperial oppressors against their national revolutions. The choice of these countries in the region and beyond is therefore to be slaves within the empire’s orbit or to be free. That’s it!

    Finally, the empire arrogantly miscalculates the global balance of forces in another sense,namely, that countries that challenge the empire in the region and beyond also have access to export and import markets, finance, technology, training of manpower elsewhere in the global system such as China, Russia, Japan, the BRICS and even parts of Europe.

    Consequently, though the US empire continues to play a dominant role in the international power system, it is no longer the only game in town now that with its declining power, its global competitors are increasingly willing to challenge its self-constructed authority.

    Indeed.it is the changed balance of forces in the world that have created the space for Cuba to access markets, finance, technologies and other assistance to mitigate the what could have been the full severity of the US blockade particularly after the collapse of the Soviet Union and World socialism in the late 1980s to early 1990s.

    Notwithstanding the existence of multi polarity as opposed to unipolarity and bipolarity in the global system, the US blockade must end not only to “normalize” US relations with Cuba but also to create detente between countries with anti-capitalist political and economic systems.

    The latter will hopefully create a global environment of truly sovereign nations and governments who will be free to act in the best interests of their peoples without fear of big nations with more political and economic leverage in the world order.

    There is absolutely no reason why any country whether in the region or beyond should embrace capitalist development just because the American empire is a monopoly capitalist society.

    After all capitalism whether in the US or elsewhere on the planet has failed to solve the burning problems of Americans and other peoples such as unemployment, homelessness, hunger, racism, education, healthcare and others including the climate crisis that capitalism including US capitalism has been creating by burning fossil fuels since the industrial revolution in Britain in 1750.

    Consequently, it would simply be foolhardy for capitalist countries particularly dependent capitalist countries within the global monopolist capitalist orbit of the US empire to persist in developing the capitalist system which is simply unable to solve the social, economic and political problems of their populations as it does in the center of
    global capitalism.

    In this regard,not only
    were the Cuban people rational in creating their revolution against the structural underdevelopment and terror of the US empire in 1959 but they also exercised their sovereign will to be free of the empire’s paratisism and terror.

    “Peace if you are willing to fight for it” Fred Hampton

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