Alleged sonic attacks
This past February 17, the State Department and the U.S. embassy in Havana, reported, for the first time, to Cuba’s Foreign Ministry and diplomatic mission in Washington, the alleged occurrence of sonic attacks between November of 2016 and February, 2017.
Cuban officials conducting an investigation into U.S. claims that its diplomats were victims of possible “sonic attacks” in Havana, have dismissed the accusations as pure “science fiction.”
Coronel Ramiro Ramirez, head of the Cuban security detail responsible for the protection of diplomats on the Caribbean island, explained that such an acoustic weapon, even if employed by a third party as U.S. officials have suggested, would have affected the health of other people in the general area and could not have singled out U.S. diplomats as part of a deliberate attack. Ramirez added that the sound would have surely attracted public attention.
Canadian author and journalist Arnold August has released a new book examining relations between Cuba and the United States, focusing on the expected decisions of U.S. President Donald Trump regarding the illegal blockade against the island.
The 48th contingent of the United States-Cuba Friendship Caravan, organized by Pastors for Peace, arrived in Havana yesterday to deliver a symbolic donation of important drugs and medical supplies, as well as demand the end of the “economic, political, and cultural embargo.”
The group traveled through 50 cities in the United States to do solidarity work and speak on the realities of the ongoing embargo, promoting the normalization of relations between the two countries.
The most recent caravan has traveled in the context of a renewed wave of U.S. aggression toward Cuba, as the new administration of U.S. President Donald Trump has rolled back several gains made in recent years toward normalization, and has heightened anti-Cuba rhetoric.
On Friday the visiting group, mostly from the United States, is paying tribute in Havana to the founder of Pastors for Peace, Reverend Lucius Walker. Reverend Walker, who died in 2010 is considered by many in both Cuba and in the United States to be a tireless fighter in defense of Cuba’s revolution and against U.S. aggression.
According to the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) of that Group, the entity became involved in 29 apparent violations by providing insurance coverage for several shipments of goods to or from Cuba or related to an entity of the island.
AIG received its second punishment in three years because in May 2014 the US government claimed that insurer subsidiaries in Canada violated three thousand 560 times the regulations against Cuba from January 2006 until March 2009.
HAVANA.–The Executive Board of the Latin American and Caribbean Parliament (Parlatino) recently approved a resolution rejecting the U.S. President’s statements announcing plans to reinforce the economic, commercial, financial blockade imposed on Cuba by this country.
The document reiterates that the change in U.S. policy toward Cuba represents a setback in the process undertaken by the previous administration to move toward normalization of relations between the two countries.
Also emphasized was that the blockade has been repeatedly denounced by Parlatino bodies, in particular by the 25th and 31st sessions of its Assembly, as well as in 25 resolutions adopted by the UN General Assembly since 1992, and by international public opinion.
Parlatino considers the economic, commercial, financial blockade imposed on Cuba by the United States to be the greatest violation of the Cuban people’s human rights and the principal obstacle to the island’s development.
Obama worked to transcend past mistakes and build a future defined by the common interests and aspirations of the United States and Cuba, Clarke told content-provider Caribbean Media Corporation.
The head of Cuban diplomacy stressed that none of those refugees will be handed over to U.S. authorities.
‘Certainly, those people will not be returned to the United States, which lacks legal, political and moral foundations to demand their return,’ he stressed.