Mr. President, I would like to bring to your attention the last resolution voted by the General Assembly of the United Nations which asks our country to lift the economic embargo on Cuba. This twenty-first resolution related to the embargo on Cuba shows that more and more countries show their support to the Cuban regime, which puts pressure on the American diplomacy. The resolution was approved by 188 votes, and the representatives of different countries, including some of our strongest allies, agreed with the arguments presented by the Cuban Minister of Foreign Affairs saying that the embargo hampers the economic, political and social development of the Island, and even prevents hospitals from having medications to the patients. Therefore, our foreign policy vis-à-vis Cuba is to review, and must now consider major changes that the country has experienced recently, such the role of women, the level of education, healthcare… First, it is important to point to evolution of the Cuban system of government. If the political system has only one party and the President Fidel Castro is at the same time Commander-in-chief of the army forces, president of the Council of State, president of the Council of ministers and first-Secretary of the PCC, the country has still known some positive evolution, like the Constitutional reform in 1992 that established the direct elections in the provincial and national assemblies in a period of a deep economic crisis. Moreover, the Cuban system of government has a large popular legitimacy, since more than 90% of Cubans are satisfied by the regime and say that their government is more democratic than many other countries. Then, Cuba, unlike many other countries, is a country whose strength is based on gender equality and powerful presence of women. The Cuban’s Federation of Women (called FMC, federacion de Mujeres Cubanas in Spanish) is as unchallenged and hegemonic force as the Communist Party. The example of the Cuban’s federation of Women is a great illustration the role of women. Some of the FMC’s most remarkable achievements have been supporting the mass education of women, preparing them to have jobs, and pushing for legislation and social reform for gender equality. It is not a coincidence of Cuba has the second-highest national literacy rate in the world, since 700.000 people, over half of whom were women, were instructed by more than 100.000 volunteer starting from the great literacy campaign in 1960. After the mass exile from Cuba during the revolution, the FMC also created both programs in cities that taught rural women sewing skills, who then returned home and taught others, as well as locally-run night literacy and farming training classes in agricultural communities. In the field of legal and social support for women, The FMC played a major role in passing the Family Code in 1975, which ensures equal property and social rights for women at home. Women and the FMC have also had important influences on Cubans’ health status and their health care system. The FMC encouraged women to practice nursing and public health. As a result in recent times, the number of women practicing in the medical field is more or less equal to the number of male doctors and nurses. Since the beginning of Castro regime, the FMC was highly effective in supporting but also pushing the government’s campaigns to improve vaccination rates and educate the public on health and hygiene topics. We should also consider the United States economic interests in this lift of the embargo. Cuba will be a great land for American businessmen and increase of American investment in the Island will be benefic for both countries. One 2009 study estimated that doing away with all financing and travel restrictions on U.S. agricultural exports to Cuba would have boosted 2008 dairy sales to that country from $13 million to between $39 million and $87 million,…
In April 1961, Cuban exiles that were trained by the CIA and military forces, landed on the Bay of Pigs in Cuba. Their mission was to over throw the Cuban leader Fidel Castro. This mission was a major failure many men getting killed and even more were taken in as prisoners of war. Who was to blame for this disaster? The CIA were planning this even before president Kennedy was even in office, but Kennedy was the president at the time the mission was in its final stage and close to happening.…
* The US embargo is the only power the US has over the Castro dictatorship. According to the 1996 Helms-Burton Act the United States is morally obligated to encourage and support human rights. It would be morally incorrect to give the Cuban government what they want and remove the embargo.
* If the embargo was lifted the living standards in Cuba would not increase, on the other hand the government would put all the money in its pocket because it’s a communist country.
* As Jeff Jacoby…
Cuba the communist island in the Caribbean Sea, with very hard life, with bright doctors, musician, baseball players, artist, actors, poets, writers, with traditional exportation like a Cuban or Habana cigarettes, and interesting people.
Cuban American culture came from Cuba a little island at North of Florida, Cuba is an island nation located on the northern of the Caribbean Sea, by the Antilles. To Cuba's east is the island of Hispaniola, shared by Haiti and the Dominican Republic…
WHAT CUBA HAS ACHIEVED
Interpreting the pluses and minuses of Cuba’s revolutionary experience can
be controversial, because Cuba is an inherently politicized topic.
The achievements (see Keen and Haynes, 2000: 447–448) are very impressive
and very real: By 1990, unemployment had been virtually wiped out;
Cuba’s rate was the lowest in Latin America. Income distribution is also the
fairest in Latin America. Rents were limited right after the revolution to 10
percent of one’s income. There…
The CIA organised a uprising of the Cuban exiles at the bay of pigs in April 1961
The USA banned all trade with Cuba in the autumn of 1960
Fidel Castro nationalised all industry in July 1961
Khrushchev announces that he will protect Cuba by any means necessary against the USA.
Khrushchev placed missiles on Cuba in order to test Kennedy. This was because Kennedy was a new, young president so announced in September 1961 to see if he could threaten him. Khrushchev…
Relatively peaceful, It was political and popular.
What was America’s reaction to the Cuban revolution?
At first Eisenhower ignored it as he was “too busy”, after I became clear that Cuba was nationalist and had claimed foreign oil refineries. Over 1billion dollars’ worth. Eisenhower placed a trade embargo and started training Cuban exiles to be revolutionary terrorists. It was devastating and caused immense enmity, exiles trained to invade in Guatemala, plan presented to new president JFK he…
* John Paul Jones II: pope used his fame to draw to the sufferings
* Heroic figure; kind of Communist
* Solidarity: dock workers’ union
* Soviet Leadership: crackdown on the dock worker’s leadership
* Brezhnev Doctrine: Communist version of the Truman Doctrine (containment of Communism)
* Could have been the justification for the Soviets crushing the Hungarian uprising in 1986
* 1968: Prague Spring
* 1979: End of détente when Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan…
coverage that was nominated for an Overseas Press Club award in the United States in 2010; " Have a cigar: Cuba and Europe to write a business plan"; Thu, Feb 20 01:25 AM EST 2014; http://mobile.reuters.com/article/idUSBREA1J0AE20140220?feedType=RSS&irpc=932 BRUSSELS (Reuters) -
Eleven months before Barack Obama's historic handshake with Raul Castro, Europe staged its own show of friendliness with Cuba. While little noticed, this gesture may end up doing far more to end the communist island's isolation…
May 5, 2013
Sanctions on Cuba
Cuba is a communist country currently under the rule of Raul Castro. As of now, the United States has rules against traveling to and trading with Cuba. Fidel Castro put these in place a little over fifty years ago. Back then there was a need for these rules, especially because of the Cuban Missile Crisis, which was part of the Cold War. There were many disagreements, but those have been surpassed over time and no longer pose an…