U.S. orthopedic surgeon Xavier Duralde collaborates with Cuban doctors at Havana’s Ameijeiras Hospital.
Despite obstacles imposed by the current U.S. administration to hamper relations with Cuba, including claims of alleged “sonic attacks” against its diplomatic personnel on the island, and issuing of an unfounded travel advisory against the Caribbean nation, recommending that its population “reconsider” visiting Cuba, U.S. citizens continue wanting to experience the island and help build bridges between the two nations.
Such is the case of Dr. Xavier Duralde from the United States, experienced orthopedic surgeon and renowned professor who gave an international course on arthroscopic diagnosis and treatment of injuries to shoulder and elbow joints to Cuban colleagues at Havana’s Hermanos Ameijeiras Surgical Clinical Hospital.
Cuban American legislators, opposed to rapprochement between the two countries, are attempting to provoke an even greater decline in the movement of people between the two nations.
Although Cuba is one of the safest destinations in the world and meets international standards, on January 10, the United States updated its travel advisory system, urging its citizens to “reconsider” traveling the island.
The U.S. State Department modified its system which ranks countries from one – advising citizens to “Exercise normal precautions” – to four, which carries a “Do not travel” warning.
Cuba, which has one of the best rates of citizen security in the region, was ranked third alongside Venezuela, Honduras, Haiti and Guatemala, with citizens advised to “reconsider travel” due to “serious risks to safety and security.”
Estimated damages within the healthcare sector caused by the blockade, between April of 2016 and March 31, 2017, surpass 87 million dollars, according to Cuban doctors and medical students speaking in Havana.
With only a few days remaining before Cuba denounces the hostile U.S. policy within the United Nations, the National Assembly of People’s Power held a public hearing on the economic impact of the blockade on the population.
This policy “must not be addressed with lamentation, but rather with condemnation,” said Isabel Moya, PhD in Communication Sciences and director of the Mujer publishing house, during the meeting, held in Havana’s Oncology and Radiology Institute.
Moya, who has been treated at the hospital, commented that, at a time when the U.S. government is discouraging its citizens from traveling to Cuba, saying it is not a safe destination, Cuba is recognized internationally for its free, universal healthcare system, although the blockade “prevents us from receiving more specialized treatment.”
“We never lack a smile in the wards, nor medications, or food. We understand the costly effort being made by the Cuban state, I couldn’t be more grateful,”
said Mayelín Jiménez, mother of a young cancer patient at the hospital.
Medical students Ariadna Palmero likewise condemned the blockade, which, she said, “prevents Cubans from accessing digital bibliographies with specialized information, and limits exchanges with student and professionals in the United States.”
This aggressive policy also affects the U.S. people, commented Dr. Jorge González Jiménez, president of the National Assembly’s Health and Sports standing committee, recalling that when Hurricane Katrina struck the United States in 2005, the U.S. government rejected help from the Henry Reeve Brigade which was fully prepared and equipped to aid the people of New Orleans.
Nor can we export medicines developed here with great effort. The blockade prevents us, said Tania Crombet, director of clinical trials at the Molecular Immunology Center.
The key to the success of Cuban health care lies in efforts made by Cuban medical personnel, overcoming all these limitations and achieving a life expectancy in the country of over 75 years, Dr. González stated.
But, he concluded, to have a public health system commensurate with the development of science in the world today, the unjust blockade must end.
Rodriguez said there was no evidence of the alleged incidents, nor of their causes or origin, adding that no suspects had been identified.
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.
“Cuba-U.S. Relations: Obama and Beyond” is being presented in Ottawa, Canada with the presence of scholars and politicians.
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 Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) of the U.S. Department of the Treasury will publish new regulations regarding Cuba on September 15, reported the U.S.-Cuba Economic and Trade Council, July 10 Continue reading →
The Chamber of Commerce of the Republic of Cuba expressed its “permanent willingness to continue working with corresponding U.S. entities and companies.”
Following the U.S. government‘s recent change in policy toward the country, the Cuban institution expressed its commitment to facilitating the promotion of business opportunities on the island, according to a statement published July 3, on its website.
The text also conveys the entity’s hope that U.S. companies “cease to be hostages of an unjust policy, contrary to international law and rejected by the entire world.”
It goes on to note that last June 16, U.S. President Donald Trump signed a policy directive entitled “National Security Presidential Memorandum on Strengthening U.S. Policy toward Cuba,” and revoked the Presidential Policy Directive, “Normalization of relations between the United States and Cuba,” issued by President Obama on October 14, 2016.
Washington, June 28 (Prensa Latina) The US Treasury Department has imposed four fines this year on companies of this country and abroad for alleged violations of the economic, commercial and financial blockade against Cuba.
The last victim of that policy, which lasted more than 55 years, was the American insurance company American International Group (AIG), whose penalty was $ 148,698.
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.
(Prensa Latina) Democratic Congresswoman Yvette Clarke is one of the lawmakers who calls today in the United States for engaging Cuba, despite the new restrictions announced by President Donald Trump.
Clarke, a daughter of Jamaican immigrants and a legislator in the ninth district of New York, called on her colleagues in the House and Senate to unite in an effort to restore the ‘practical and common sense approach’ of former President Barack Obama (2009 -2017) towards the island.
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.