Obama Declares Cuba and Venezuela National Security Threats

The executive order allows the president to use national emergency resources to fight the threat, such as enforcing sanctions against the country.

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In March, Barack Obama became the first U.S. president to visit Cuba in 88 years. | Photo: Reuters

Consistent with their new strategy of planning and working for regime change in Cuba through indirect and covert means,  the US government, through President Obama, has extended for another year economic sanctions against Cuba despite abstaining recently in the vote to end the blockade at the General Assembly of the United Nations.

A national emergency

The United States declared a national emergency to deal with perceived “threats” in Cuba and Venezuela on Friday, along with Iran, Libya, Ukraine, Zimbabwe and countries Washington claims “support terrorism.” The declarations effectively extend for another year economic sanctions already in place.

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President Barack Obama warned that one of the main national security threats to the U.S. is mass undocumented immigration from Cuba, days after he ended the “Wet Foot, Dry Foot” policy, which granted residency to Cubans who arrived in the U.S. without visas, reported Sputnik.

Obama used an executive order in March 2015 to declare that the situation in Venezuela has “not improved.” He cited human rights violations, persecution of political dissenters and restrictions on the freedom of the press.

When a national emergency was declared against Venezuela in 2015, Obama also ordered sanctions against seven Venezuelan officials, saying they would be banned from traveling to the United States and any and all assets and properties belonging to them would be frozen.

Under the National Emergencies Act sanctions must be renewed every year, however, the executive orders Obama signed Friday are not set to expire until two months into the Trump administration. The move appears to suggest that the Obama administration is concerned that the renewals could get overlooked in the expected chaos of Trump’s White House. If he chooses to, Trump could rescind the sanctions by executive order.

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The extension of U.S. sanctions against Iran come despite the historic agreement reached last year between the two countries. The extension of sanctions against Russia, imposed in response to their actions in Ukraine and Crimea, come amidst recent hysteria about suspected interference in the U.S. election by the Putin regime. Some have speculated that Trump’s pick for foreign secretary, Rex Tillerson, may soon move to remove the sanctions given they block a multi-billion dollar project he negotiated with Russia while CEO of ExxonMobile.

The United States currently has 31 officially declared national emergencies.

Sources:  TeleSUR, Curacao Chronicle

Cuba: Zimbabwe Will Overcome the Illegal Western Sanctions

Cuban Ambassador to Zimbabwe Elio Savon OlivaCuba’s Ambassador to Zimbabwe, Mr Elio Savon Oliva, is optimistic that Zimbabwe will overcome the illegal Western sanctions imposed on the country in the same manner that the Caribbean island has for more than 50 years. The United States imposed financial, commercial and economic sanctions on Cuba in 1960, two years after Cdes Fidel Castro and Ernesto “Che” Guevara led the overthrow of the Washington-backed Fulgencio Batista puppet regime.

The sanctions on Cuba have cost the Caribbean’s largest island billions of US dollars, and related terror activities by CIA-sponsored and trained militias have led to the loss of numerous lives through bombings and attacks on civilian air-craft.

Zimbabwe too, according to ZANU-PF’s highly subscribed 2013 election manifesto, has lost more than US$40 billion because of American sanctions over the past decade.

joice mujuruAmbassador Oliva and his wife Mrs Dlores Meras Morejon -who is also a diplomat – met Acting President Joice Mujuru (left) in Harare yesterday and said Zimbabwe too could beat sanctions.

“Zimbabwe can also overcome illegal sanctions as Cuba did. Cuba will continue supporting Zimbabwe to overcome this embargo,” Ambassador Oliva said.

He said Cuba had survived through unity of purpose among citizens and support from the international community.

The overwhelming majority of the United Nations membership has for more than 20 years voted for an end to the embargo on Cuba, with only the US, Israel and the Marshall Islands supporting the sanctions.

Similarly, much of the world – including SADC, Comesa, the African Union, the Non-Aligned Movement, the Pan-African Parliament and the SADC Parliamentary Forum, among others – have called for an end to sanctions on Zimbabwe.

The sanctions on Zimbabwe were imposed after the 2000 Fast-Track Land Reform Programme that sought to adjust colonially-skewed tenure patterns.

Ambassador Oliva said his meeting with Acting President Mujuru was to reinforce bilateral relations.

He said Cuba was also implementing an economic reform programme similar to the Zimbabwe Agenda for Sustainable Socio-Economic Transformation (Zim-sset).

Zimbabwe and Cuba enjoy cordial relations dating to the days of the liberation struggle.

These ties have seen Cuba sending medical personnel to Zimbabwe on a government-to-government arrangement, in addition to training teachers.

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Washington Insists in Interfering with Venezuela’s Domestic Affairs

Source: Radio Rebelde

HAVANA, Cuba, May 8 2014

US meddling in Venezuela internal affairsThe White House and US political circles insist in maintaining their interference with Venezuelan internal affairs as the US Senate readies on Thursday to promote sanctions against the Bolivarian government following statements by secretary of state John Kerry that the United States is concerned about what he called the situation in the South American nation.

During the 44 th meeting on The Americas, held Wednesday, Kerry insisted that protestors in Venezuela– who have been encouraged by external factors, according to local investigations—have legitimate complaints which must be addressed.

Now the US senators ready to soon vote an initiative to impose sanctions on Venezuelan officials in response to the decision by the Bolivarian government to defend itself from foreign aggression.

The Venezuelan authorities rejected statements by John Kerry aimed at undermining Venezuela’s sovereign position, according to a communiqué by the Venezuelan Foreign Ministry, which stressed that Washington is also trying to interfere with dialog between the government and the opposition.

An attempt to prolong violence

The communiqué noted that reiterated statements aim at encouraging the most reactionary rightist sectors to prolong violence and they also express a deep lack of understanding of Venezuelan reality.

For Caracas, the US statements would consider as legitimate the burning of universities and food-loaded trucks, as well as vandalism against public institutions, medical facilities, schools and even the murder of innocents.

Analysts consider that the US Congress role is part of the US strategy to present the dialog between the Venezuelan government and the opposition as a delaying practice.

The hearing at the US Senate has been promoted by conservative circles, including Florida-based senators Marco Rubio and William Bill Nelson, as well as Senator Robert Menendez for New Jersey, with the support of individuals like former under-secretary for Hemispheric Affairs with the Department of State, Roger Noriega.

Source:  Radio Rebelde Washington Insists in Interfering with Venezuela Affairs

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Drama at the UN; Caribbean Nations sue for Reparation, US Walks Out on Mugabe

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In a speech Friday at United Nations General Assembly, Prime Minister of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Ralph Gonsalves said the European nations must pay for their deeds.

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“The awful legacy of these crimes against humanity – a legacy which exists today in our Caribbean – ought to be repaired for the developmental benefit of our Caribbean societies and all our peoples,” Gonsalves said. “The European nations must partner in a focused, especial way with us to execute this repairing.”

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