“When the bully rules”, is a work of young journalist Cristina Escobar about the impact of the US Blockade on the people of Cuba.
The US blockade against Cuba is real. These are the facts:
The economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed against Cuba continues to represent a hindrance for the development of all the potential of the Cuban economy.
The blockade constitutes a massive, flagrant and systematic violation of the human rights of all Cuban men and women. The blockade violates the rights of the Cuban people.
From April of 2018 until March of 2019 the blockade has caused losses for Cuba of around $4,343. 6 million.
From the beginning of the application of the blockade against Cuba, the health and food sectors have been objectives prioritized by the aggression of the US governments. Maneuvers directed to promote hunger and disease among the Cuban people and, with it, to undermine support for the Revolution, have constantly been present in the plans and programs of the “dirty war” against Cuba.
The damage caused by sanctions against Cuba in the area of health is undeniable. This hostile policy hinders the acquisition of technologies, raw materials, reagents, diagnostic means, equipment and spare parts, as well as medicines for the treatment of serious diseases such as cancer. These consumables must be bought in faraway markets, on many occasions via intermediaries, and this necessarily increases their prices.
Education, sports and culture are also among the most sensitive sectors to be affected adversely by application of the blockade.
The extraterritorial application of the blockade continues to be a distinctive sign of the aggressive policy of the US government against Cuba. This network of sanctions seriously hurts our country but it also affects the interests and sovereign rights of third countries; this constitutes a violation of International Law, the purposes and principles of the UN Charter and the regulations of free trade.
Cuba’s latest report shows once again that US threats are increasingly blocking British companies from doing business with Cuba.
In November 2018 the British company Adler Manufacturing Ltd cancelled an existing order for the Cuban tourist office in Britain, citing the US blockade for no longer being able to work for organisations connected with Cuba.
In April 2019, OFAC fined the British company the Acteon Group Ltd for violations of US blockade laws. The British company was forced to pay $227,500, with a further $213,866 to follow. Acteon had sent consultants to Havana to discuss various deep sea explorations around the Cuban coast.
Halfway through its contract with Cuba, the British company Compair joined with a US group and subsequently cut off all relations. This seriously affected existing projects, using its technology, developed in Cuba, for centralised compressed air stations. Consequently, there is now no access to spare parts for all the equipment initially installed by Compair, causing a multitude of problems.
The report highlights the US government’s activation of Title III of the Helms-Burton Act. Title III enables Cuban-Americans who were Cuban citizens at the time of the Revolution to sue international companies they accuse of trading in “trafficked property” previously owned by them or their heirs. The unleashing of potentially thousands of lawsuits, and the perceived threat of such action, will seriously affect international trade with the island.
See more: On Resolution 73/8 of the United Nations General Assembly entitled “Necessity of ending the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the United States of America against Cuba”.
(With information from: Morning Star)