Monday, September 17, 2007

Despite International Condemnation, Bush Continued to Tighten the Blockade Against Cuba

Cuban News Agency

September 17, 2007

By Angel Rodriguez Alvarez

Faced with an overwhelming majority vote, far from re-analysing its policy like any sensible government would do, the White House not only ignored the vote but tightened its measures aimed at strangling the Cuban people.

The Bush administration’s response was strengthen even further the measures that can be found in the Bush Plan to annex Cuba and dedicated to tighten its economic war against the island.

During the second half of 2006 and the first of the current year there has been a major persecution by the US government against Cuban commercial operations with companies from around the world and against the island’s financial transactions.

Such actions have caused 29 effects destined to hurt the Cuban economy. Two thirds of these have been executed by the Office of Foreign Assets Control, OFAC, of the Treasury Department.

OFAC has persecuted European banking institutions as well as different firms inside and outside the US, like the Dresser-Rand Group which was fined $171,305 dollars for exporting good and services to Cuba without a license.

Also included in the list of fines: US Cuba Labor Exchange, $13,950 dollars for offering trips to Cuba without a license; the US Council of Churches had to pay $34,000 dollars because some its members and followers have traveled to Cuba for tourism rather than for religious purposes.

Among those that were sanctioned are the Vasper Corporation, $23,

800 dollars; Coda International Tours, $3,500 dollars; and the Kinecta Federal Credit Union Bank, $3,102 dollars for not having a license to transfer funds to a Cuban national.

Washington is also prohibiting academic exchanges between universities and scientific research in the most diverse spheres between both nations.

In October of 2006, for example the Treasury Department denied over 200 travel licenses to the island for specialists particularly interested in the Second Congress of the Inter American Psychology Society constituting a flagrant violation of citizen’s rights supported by the US Constitution.

An idea of the magnitude is that only between May of 2006 and the same month of 2007, at least 30 countries suffered the effects of Washington’s extraterritorial laws, among them: Germany, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Britain, Denmark, Sweden, Spain, Finland, Japan, Mexico, Norway and Switzerland.

During the first half of 2007, and as part of the Bush attack, virtual pro consul Caleb McCarry, named as coordinator for Cuba’s Transition, visited nine European countries aimed at pressuring them to play a more active role in Washington’s strategies against the island.

With the same objective Kristen Madison, Under Secretary of State for the Western Hemisphere travelled to another four European countries. And to finish off the previous trips, Condoleezza Rice did the same for those that had any doubt that these plans against the Cuban people are a priority for the current administration.

Now the United Nations is ready to once again debate the issue of the blockade, the tightened and very incomplete relations of US actions against Cuba, is an example of the “respect” Washington has for the decisions and resolutions adopted by the majority of the UN member nations in the name of the international community.


JG: The Bush thugs at OFAC have continued their hate filled actions against Cuba. Not since Adolf Hitler in the 1930's have we seen an individual as bad as George W. Bush.

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