Will The Thaw In US-Cuban Relations Chill Cuba’s Revolutionary Zeal?

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“That conscience is ingrained in our internationalism, and is at the essence of our policies of international solidarity. It won’t change just because we establish a normal relationship with the U.S. or any other government,” the Cuban Five’s René González tells MintPress News.

By Ramona Wadi Follow @walzerscent | February 22, 2016

HAVANA, Cuba — The December 2014 announcement that Cuba and the United States would be normalizing relations was met with both eagerness and suspicion. The diplomatic negotiations which led to the release of the remaining three members of the Cuban Five being held in the U.S. in exchange for USAID subcontractor Alan Gross and an unidentified U.S. spy, also provided the foundations upon which both countries agreed to embark on a new series of diplomatic discussions.

Following a State Department review in April 2015, Cuba was removed from the State Sponsor of Terrorism list — a scheme concocted by the U.S. against Cuba due to the island’s support for revolutionary resistance in South America and Africa. Iran, Sudan and Syria remain on the list.

In August 2015 the U.S. opened an embassy in Havana, ending the historical diplomatic rupture which escalated to U.S. covert and overt actions against Cuba, including over 630 attempts to assassinate former Cuban leader Fidel Castro. In his address at the flag raising ceremony at the embassy, Secretary of State John Kerry alluded to the perpetual rhetoric of “democratic transition” in Cuba. Noting that “Cuba’s future is for Cubans to shake,” he continued:

“But the leaders in Havana – and the Cuban people – should also know that the United States will always remain a champion of democratic principles and reforms. Like many other governments in and outside this hemisphere, we will continue to urge the Cuban Government to fulfill its obligations under the UN and inter-American human rights covenants – obligations shared by the United States and every other country in the Americas.”

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Ugly American discovers Cuba. (Or an “educational essay”):

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Marvila, the Wonder Woman,  concedes to the Cubans the grace of visiting their little cay. She is accompanied by the three boys she engendered with her husband from  the island. With her star and banners suite she jumps into a plane to confront with resolution the Castros’  “propaganda tour”. They haven’t taken off Miami and she has already to blandish her American lash to put the stewardesses in place. With order reestablished she endeavourers to put her delicate feet on the Cuban soil, which receives  the blessing of every one of the steps from the American Superwoman

Bad idea that of visiting a country -in addition, a communist one- looking like the Statue of Liberty. Her presence brings about the mobilization of the commie’s hordes. On this theatre of operations she has to move some times by leap, other times by crawling, then by dragging herself along.

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Answering to our friends:

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The following questionaire is a debt with three italians, friends of Cuba and the Five, who pled with the Pope for our freedom: Father Antonio Tarzia, Proffesor Luciano Vasapollo and Dr. Rita Martufi.

It was prepared by them for several Cuban friends, in preparation for a book. Because of the interests of the issues it seems to us of interest to reproduce our exchange with them.

 From 9 to 16 February a delegation composed by Father Antonio Tarzia (father Paolino), Prof. Luciano Vasapollo (Sapienza University of Rome, Rector’s delegate for international relations with Latin America and the Caribbean) and the Dr. Rita Martufi (together with Luciano Vasapollo, Director of the Center for study CESTES of the USB-Italy and the Italian chapter of the intellectual network Coord.(, Artists and movements in defence of humanity), are in a visit to Cuba, invited by ICAP (Cuban Institute of friendship with peoples) and the Ministry of culture for various meetings. they  asked the following questions to several representatives of the Government of Cuba, the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Cuba, and many intellectuals in universities and schools of the island.

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The president in his labyrinth

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A story by Reuters gives an account of the process which would have taken to the events on last December 17th, whose impact on the relations Cuba-United States is impossible to foresee. Assembled with fragmentary information, from several sources, it is probably a partial approach to a portion of a more rich and complex history, told mostly by one of the parties and adorned with inferences from the writers.

It has probably the virtue of being the first attempt to take up the process, at least on what refers to the options and tribulations of the American administration. It is to be expected that many more attempts will be helping to complete this puzzle, which with all certainty would make a good movie script.

It is because of this quality that we offer it to the readers, even though it is only a part -probably on some degree inaccurate- if  a bigger story.

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Who is threatening whom?

 

 

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An article by Reuters deals with the Executive Order signed by president Obama, who declares Venezuela as a “unusual and extraordinary threat”, and dictates sanctions against several Venezuelan officials.

It is interesting that the references to the “threat to the national security” which Venezuela would represent are not in quotes, as well as the litany of accusations of “violence”, “human rights abuses”, “criminalizing of the freedom of expression” or “public corruption”. Neither are the references by Henrique Capriles to the “corrupt elite” in quotation marks.

Needles to say, the opinions by Maduro about Obama making a “colossal mistake”, or about the decree being an act of “imperialist arrogance” are quoted. That is also true for the treatment as “heroes” to the Venezuelan officials involved, on the part of their president.

But setting aside the “subtleties” -indeed, in quotation marks- of language,  the truth is that the divide between the United States and Venezuela has reached a new high, and this has implications for the whole continent.

Many questions arise from the new situation: Who is really threatening who? How can Venezuela represent a unusual and extraordinary threat to the United States? What implications will this situation for the relation between Latin-America  and the neighbor on the north? Will the carrot offered to Cuba and the stick wielded against Venezuela be a part of a strategy that searches, as a result, the demise of both the Cuban and the Bolivarian revolutions?

Which thinks the reader friend to be the implications for Cuba?

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From the general to the particular:

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It’s no secret that starting on December 17 2014 a new stage in the history of the revolution, full of challenges, dangers and opportunities has opened.  Depending on how we the revolutionaries act we’ll be able to take advantage of it to build the fairer society to which we aspire.

The new circumstances will have implications for each sphere of Cuban life. It is difficult to imagine an area of our society that will not be touched by them. At the same time, this situation creates a multiplicity of visions conditioned by the interests, expectations, philosophy, or any combination of them by the observer. Our purpose, according to what we announced previously, is the discussion to these assessments, starting with general valuations that seem to us of interest and serve for a serious debate.

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