Unexplained ailments experienced by a number of U.S. diplomats in Cuba over the last year could be attributed to “mass hysteria”, not sonic “attacks”, as the United States has labelled them.
Cuba’s Foreign Ministry has denounced the United States’ expulsion of 15 of its diplomats from the island nation’s embassy in Washington “due to Cuba’s failure to take appropriate steps” “to protect its diplomats in Havana, over alleged “health attacks” against embassy staff.
The U.S. State Department has announced the expulsion of 15 Cuban diplomats from the island nation’s embassy in Washington “due to Cuba’s failure to take appropriate steps” to protect its diplomats in Havana, over alleged “health attacks” against embassy staff.
A writers and artists union statement from Cuba denouncing the renewed U.S. anti-Cuba stance has found a sympathetic ear among public figures, cultural workers and intellectuals in the United States, showing that President Donald Trump’s new policy is hardly proving itself an asset in Washington’s efforts to stir up hostility against the country’s socialist government but is instead provoking a new wave of solidarity with the people of Cuba.
In the letter from the Cuban Secretariat of the Union of Writers and Artists dated June 18, the Cubans denounced Trump’s “outdated, obsolete speech, loaded with falsehoods and stereotypes” redolent of the long-gone Cold War, echoing the types of extremist calls for right-wing terrorism that have done so much damage to the people of the Caribbean and Latin America.
Trump’s missive was lauded by an aged and diminished community of counter-revolutionary Cubans, including veterans of the failed CIA-backed Bay of Pigs invasion, and aligned with what Cuban President Raul Castro has called an aggression by “imperialist political and economic interests (trying) to prevent the exercise of self-determination by its people.”
Qasemi reiterated that Tehran’s stance “is based on supporting the sovereign nations of the world, including Cuba.”
In the wake of U.S. President Donald Trump’s rollback of normalizing relations with Cuba last week, Iran has become the latest country to stand with the Caribbean island and its socialist government.
Calling Trump’s renewed sanctions “erroneous,” “useless” and “coercive,” Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson Bahram Qasemi recalled the “black history” of U.S. leaders in their imposition of restrictions on “independent nations.”
“The Islamic Republic of Iran rejects the new restrictions on Cuba and deeply believes that the global experience has proven the ineffectiveness of sanctions as a means of pressure against sovereign nations to weaken their determination,” he stated
For some time, the idea of “political centrism” in today’s Cuba has been brewing, essentially within digital media, as part of one of the United States’ strategies to subvert the Cuban socialist model, given the resounding failures and disrepute of the so-called “Cuban counterrevolution.” One of the cables revealed by Wikileaks in 2010 showed how Jonathan Farrar, at that time head of the U.S. Interests Section in Havana, informed the State Department on April 15, 2009, that this “opposition” was actually out of touch with the Cuban reality, had no power or influence among youth, and was more concerned with money than promoting its platform among broader sectors of society.
From its beginnings, political centrism has been a geometric concept: representing the equidistant point between all extremes.
Supposedly it would be a political position between left and right, between socialism and capitalism, a third way that would “find a balance between the best ideas” of the extremes that define it, and where moderation is posited in opposition to any form of radicalism. Lenin referred to this position as treacherous utopianism, a product of bourgeois reformism. Indeed, so-called third ways, or centrisms, have never been a revolutionary option, but rather strategies to install, save, rebuild, modernize, or restore capitalism.
U.S. President Donald Trump may be preparing to roll back key policies towards Cuba.
His predecessor, Barack Obama, reestablished diplomatic relations with the Caribbean island nation beginning at the end of 2014 after almost six decades of hostility.
Reuters news agency reported Monday that the Trump administration will probably bring back some restrictions on trade and travel, but will “stop short of breaking diplomatic relations.”
A bipartisan group of United States Senators reintroduced legislation on Thursday which would repeal all remaining existing restrictions on travel to revolutionary Cuba, including for tourism which is banned under current law, Reuters reported.