Cuba

American policy toward Cuba has been hijacked by a clique of Cuban-American politicians who have sold their support in Congress to President Trump.

Cuba's medical brigades now serve in over 100 nations, tending to the poorest and most disadvantaged. The Cuban people receive free health care and education, along with free or heavily subsidized housing and employment security and pensions. Cuba has little drug trafficking, drug addiction, homelessness, illiteracy or malnutrition, and almost all its food production is organic. Cuba's advances in biotechnology stand alone in Latin America as a symbol of what a small nation with very limited resources can do.

And these accomplishments were achieved despite a punishing, 55-year-old embargo perpetrated by the world's most powerful nation - accompanied by innumerable acts of economic sabotage, espionage, attempted assassination and military aggression. LUIS SUAREZ-VILLA, IRVINE, CALIF. Letter to the New York Times

"The United States claims that it is shocked by Cuban human rights violations, overlooking the fact that the worst such violations are in Guantanamo; that valid charges against Cuba do not begin to compare with regular practices among Washington's Latin American clients and that Cuba has been under severe, unremitting U.S. Attack since its independence." Noam Chomsky (4/30/2014) Because We Say So, Pg 172

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Cuba Pre-1959: The Rise and Fall of a U.S. Backed Dictator with Links to the Mob (7/23/2015)

Cuba, Be Careful What You Wish For (12/26/2014)

Addressing the Cuban Five Injustice (12/17/2014)

An Important Leap Forward In US National Security (12/18/2014)

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The Shifting Politics of Cuba Policy (10/25/2014)

The Economic War on Cuba: Western Media Remains Silent as Obama Extends U.S. Embargo (10/12/2014)

In United Nations Vote, 188 countries condemn the US embargo of Cuba (10/29/2013)

Noam Chomsky on Terrorizing Cuba: Tom Dispatch (8/14/2011)

The US Blockade of Cuba Is Pure Punishment for Cuban and American People (8/10/2010)

Endless Double Standards on Cuba (1/2010)

Supreme Court will not review the Cuban Five Case (6/2009)

Note: Following text is courtesy of the Greater Hartford Coalition on Cuba, P.O.Box 330161, West Hartford, CT 06133

Fifty Years of the Cuban Revolution: 1959-2009

Now, more than ever, it is time

·       to end the U.S. embargo of Cuba

·       to lift the travel ban

·       to restore normal diplomatic relations

Brief History

Cuba fought two wars of independence (1868-78 and 1895-98) to free itself from Spanish colonial rule. In 1898, after the battleship “Maine” exploded in Havana harbor, the U.S. militarily intervened and Spain was quickly defeated and the United States became the new occupying power.

In 1901 provisions known as the Platt Amendment were incorporated into the Cuban Constitution, thereby making Cuba essentially a protectorate of the United States. In 1902 Cuba was declared a republic and the U.S. withdrew its forces except for the base at Guantanamo Bay, which it leased “in perpetuity.”

The U.S. army returned to Cuba in 1906, 1912, and again in 1933 to “establish order.” Meanwhile U.S. corporations gained near total control of the Cuban economy, especially the sugar industry.

Colonel Fulgenio Batista first came to power in 1933 through a military coup. Later he was elected to the presidency for four years (1940-44), went into exile, and returned in 1952 to stage another coup and establish a brutal dictatorship.

On July 26, 1953, Fidel Castro and 125 other opponents of the dictatorship attacked the Moncada barracks in Santiago. They were defeated. Castro was tried and convicted but released from prison in 1955.

In 1956 Castro and 81 other revolutionaries including Ernesto “Che” Guevara sailed from Mexico to Cuba to begin the war of liberation. Aided by the July 26th movement in the cities, revolutionary forces gained strength throughout 1957 and 1958. Batista was forced to flee on New Year’s Eve 1958. Castro arrived in Havana on January 8, 1959 and proclaimed the triumph of the revolution.

Five Decades of Hostility

As the new revolutionary government began to take steps to address the needs of the Cuban people, it faced a series of hostile acts on the part of the United States, the imperial power to the north. In January 1961 the Eisenhower administration broke diplomatic relations. Three months later, President Kennedy backed the unsuccessful invasion of Cuba by counter-revolutionary exiles at the Bay of Pigs.

In 1962 the United States imposed the embargo on trade with Cuba, which is still in effect today.

In the 1960’s the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency carried out numerous plans to destabilize the Cuban economy under the code name “Operation Mongoose.” These included at least eight attempts to assassinate Fidel Castro between 1960 and 1965.

When the Soviet Union placed missiles in Cuba in 1962, the United States brought the world to the brink of nuclear war in the “October Crisis.”

On October 6, 1976, a Cuban airline flight from Barbados to Jamaica was brought down in a terrorist attack, killing 73 people.  Anti-Castro Cubans linked to the CIA were implicated.  Two of the perpetrators, Orlando Bosch and Luis Posada Carriles, continue to live with impunity in Maimi, Florida.

Restrictions on trade with and travel to Cuba were tightened with the Torricelli Act (1992) and the Helms Burton Act (1996). The latter imposes sanctions on companies from other countries that conduct business with Cuba. It also authorizes the U.S. government to channel funds to “democratic and human rights groups” and explicitly states that the U.S. desires to promote “regime change” in Cuba.

Accomplishments of the Revolution

In spite of the impediments placed in its way by its powerful neighbor to the north, revolutionary Cuba is proud of the accomplishments of the past 50 years.

In 1961 a literacy campaign was launched. Within a year virtually every adult in the country learned to read and write. As the decades progressed the level of education of the entire population was raised in stages, first to the sixth grade level, then ninth grade. Today, through television, university- level courses are available to everyone.

In spite of the fact that most doctors in 1959 left Cuba, the country rebuilt its medical system. In 2001 the World Health Organization reported that there was one doctor for every 183 inhabitants. Primary care physicians live in the communities they serve and emphasize preventive medicine. As a result Cuba has among the lowest rates of infant mortality in the world. In addition, Cuban doctors serve in dozens of countries in Asia, Africa, and Latin America, and Cuba trains thousands of students from these countries at the Latin American School of Medicine.

Cuban troops helped defend newly independent Angola when it was invaded by South Africa in 1975. They played a major role in the decisive defeat of the apartheid regime at the battle of Cuito Cuanavale in 1988, which rapidly led to independence for Namibia and the freeing of Nelson Mandela in 1990.

Heavily dependent upon trade with the Soviet bloc, the Cuban economy was devastated by the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. Nevertheless, Cuba emerged from the “special period” of the 1990s with a stronger, more diverse economy.

Free the Cuba Five!

In September 1998 the FBI arrested five Cubans living in Miami, Florida. In 2001 they were convicted on trumped up charges of conspiracy to commit espionage against the United States, and in one case conspiracy to commit murder. In fact, the five were gathering information on the activities of violent, counter-revolutionary groups of Cuban exiles who operate with impunity on U.S. soil.

These five men—Gerardo Hernández,  René González,  Antonio Guerrero, Ramon Labañino,  Fernando González—have been held in U.S. prisons ever since.  Their conviction is on appeal to the United States Supreme Court on the grounds of prosecutorial misconduct, admission of illegally obtained evidence, and the impossibility of receiving a fair trial in Miami, a city where right wing Cubans hold sway and easily intimidate jurors.

An international campaign to win release of the Five has received widespread support. In addition, there have been international protests against the fact that Olga Salanueva Arango, wife of Gonzalez, and Adriana Perez O’Connor, wife of Gerardo , have been denied permission by the U.S. government to visit their husbands in prison.

To learn more about the case and join this campaign, visit www.freethefive.org.

Greater Hartford Coalition on Cuba

The Greater Hartford Coalition on Cuba was founded in 1993. Our goal is to work for an end to the U.S. government’s 50-year policy of hostility toward and isolation of Cuba and to promote greater understanding and awareness of Cuba among people in the United States.

We are affiliated with the National Network on Cuba (www.cubasolidarity.com).  We also support Pastors for Peace, an organization that delivers humanitarian aid to Cuba in defiance of the U.S. embargo (www.ifconews.com).

We have sponsored delegations of students and youth to Cuba through the U.S.-Cuba youth exchange, and talks by Cubans visiting the United States.  We have videos on the role of women in Cuba, the Cuban health care system, the case of the Cuba Five, and other Cuba-related topics available to show to churches, community organizations and campus groups.  (For more information, call Alex Koskinas at 860-930-5615.)

Ten U.S. presidents from Eisenhower through G.W. Bush, have pursued a failed policy of attempting to undermine and overthrow the Cuban revolution.  Join us in writing to President Obama and the Connecticut congressional delegation to demand a real change:  an end to the embargo, lifting the ban on travel to Cuba by U.S. residents, and the restoration of normal diplomatic relations.  Above all the U.S. must respect the right of the Cuban people to determine their own future, free of outside interference!

To keep up-to-date on the activities of the coalition and news from Cuba, send a message to
ecoalitiononcuba-subscribe@yahoogroups.com.

Travel To Cuba

You, as a free American, were not permitted to travel to Cuba.

Could this be the reason ?

Here's an eye-opening letter to the editor of The Economist, Jan 22, 2009 issue:

"SIR – Michael Moore’s claim that Cuba has a better health-care system than the United States is not as “ridiculous” as you think (“Health screen”, January 10th). The United States was ranked 37th in the latest report on health care from the World Health Organization, whereas Cuba ranked 39th. I suspect there is little difference between being placed 37th and 39th. However, when productivity is factored in Cuba’s health-care system does indeed seem to be more effective than America’s. America spends 15% of GDP on health care (which works out at $6,700 per person in 2006 dollars) while Cuba spends 8% ($360 per person). Most businesses would consider themselves better than their competitors if they delivered an equivalent product or service at one-twentieth the cost.

Kenneth McLeod, Chair, Department of bioengineering, Binghamton University" http://www.economist.com/opinion/displaystory.cfm?story_id=12970732


(From an email 2/8/2009)

LINKS


EveryThingCUBA.com
TheUniversityofObama.com
LuisMoroProductions.com

Bibliography

Revolutionary Doctors, How Venezuela and Cuba are Changing the World's Conception of Health Care: St eve Brouwer

Back Channel to Cuba, the Hidden History of Negotiations between Washington and Havana, William M. LeoGrande and Peter Kornbluh

Race to Revolution, The U.S. and Cuba during Slavery and Jim Crow: Gerald Horne

638 Ways to Kill Castro (Documentary Film) on-line.

Masters of War, Latin American and U.S. Aggression from the Cuban Revolution through the Clinton Years Clara Nieto

SUPPORT EVERYTHINGCUBA.COM see the movie Cuba's Love Suicide, shot on location in Havana, Cuba
available at www.EveryThingCuba.com, Amazon.com and anywhere a person dares to speak for Cuba.

The Sharing Society: Edward Lamb. Eyewitness to an assassination attempt on Castro.
See this Wikipedia entry.

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