The blockade has not ended Interview with Josefina Vidal, Ministry of Foreign Relations Director General for the United States

Author: Cristina Escobar |

february 12, 2015 18:02:55

Cristina Escobar.- Cuba and the United States are entering a new stage of diplomatic relations. How can these relations be constructed after so many years of confrontation, and what do the recent talks between the two countries mean? These were the questions posed to Josefina Vidal, Ministry of Foreign Relations (Minrex) Director General for the United States, in an exclusive interview with Cuban television.





Photo: Juvenal Balán





Josefina Vidal stated, “The President of the United States has options, I would say unlimited, to gut the blockade of its fundamental content.”

Josefina, there are people on the street here in Cuba, and also in the international media saying, or asking, if the United States blockade of Cuba has ended. Is this true?
Josefina Vidal.- No, no, the blockade has not ended; what has happened is that the President of the United States, making use of his executive prerogatives, which he has, announced a series of measures modifying the implementation of some aspects of the blockade. It was within this context that a series of regulations were issued – mandated by him and formulated by the Departments of Treasury and Commerce – to expand travel to Cuba, expand as well allowances for remittances, and permit some commercial transactions, still of a limited nature, in spheres such as telecommunications, for example.

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Declaration of Community of Latin American and Caribbean Countries on the necessity to end the United States economic, commercial and financial blockade against Cuba










The Heads of State and Government from Latin America and the Caribbean, gathered in Costa Rica, in ocassion of the III CELAC Summit, made an appeal to end the United States blockade against Cuba.


The Heads of State and Government of the Latin America and the Caribbean States gathered in Costa Rica, on the occasion of the III Summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), on 28 and 29 January 2015:

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History absolves Cuba, by DR. Helen Yaffe

Helen Yaffe: History absolves Cuba, as US moves to restore diplomati


On 21 and 22 January, Cuba and the US held direct talks about
restoring diplomatic relations for the first time since 1961,
exploring cooperation on various issues and reviewing existing
migration accords. The meeting in Havana took place one month
after the historic announcements made simultaneously on 17
December 2014 by Presidents Obama and Raul Castro about a thaw in
US-Cuban relations. This included a prisoner swap which finally
freed the remaining Cuban anti-terrorist agents imprisoned in the
US, known as the Cuban Five. The announcements followed 18-months
of secret talks facilitated by Canada and the Vatican. The
tactical change by the US administration reflects the failure of
its Cuba policy, and economic and (geo)strategic developments
which put competitive pressure on US capitalists who do not
benefit from the blockade.

[Josefina Vidal press conference Jan 2015]






The head of Cuba’s delegation, Josefina Vidal, gives a
press conference following talks with US representatives in
Havana in January 2015.

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End The Embargo of Cuba – Discussion on US-Cuba Relation


Come and discuss the significance of the new development in U.S. policy toward Cuba, the freeing of the remaining Cuba Five political prisoners, and the next steps to fully bring an end to the criminal U.S. embargo of Cuba


Luis Matos
SEIU Local 1199 Latin America & Caribbean Democracy Committee and The World Organization for the Right of the People to Health Care

Ariel Hernandez
First Secretary, Cuban Mission to the United Nations

Bob Guild
Marazul Tours

Caribbean Baseball Series

Caribbean Baseball Series
After 55 years, the Cuban team returns to the throne of the Caribbean Baseball Series
Author: Oscar Sánchez Serra, Enviado especial |
february 9, 2015 08:02:41



SAN JUAN.— Sensational and indisputable was the Cuban team’s victory in the 57th Caribbean Baseball Series, which concluded February 8, in the city’s Hiram Bithorn stadium, where the Cuban squad gave a performance which captivated the island of Puerto Rico. The Cuban team played a perfect game, with good defense, and an offense which, in two days, defeated the best pitchers of the competition, firstly from Venezuela in the semifinals, and then Mexico in the final.

Foto: Ricardo López Hevia
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Fidel Meets President of the Federation of University Students

Fidel Meets President of the Federation of University Students
Submitted by editor on Thu, 02/05/2015 – 00:00






Since all of Cuba longs to meet him, and since I also long to tell the story of my meeting, this is the story of how a young student, president of the FEU at the University of Havana in 2015, personally conversed with the historic leader of the Cuban Revolution.

It all began with his call to the FEU office at the University of Havana (UH), January 22, at 9:20pm. Although the call was preceded by a report that he was waiting for me, hearing his voice up close, heard so often from afar, stunned me.

“Randy, how are you?”

“Comandante, fine. I can’t believe I’m going to talk with you.”

He laughs and thanks me for the message I sent him, saying “I’ve read it several times.” He was referring to our project to celebrate the 70th anniversary of his entering the University, with a day of love and commitment. His enthusiasm is evident when he makes the surprise announcement that he is inviting me to a personal conversation the following day.

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The President of the United States admitted the failure of the policy implemented against Cuba for more than fifty years.

Key Remarks by Army General Raul Castro Ruz, President of the Councils of State and Ministers of the Republic of Cuba at the 3rd CELAC Summit, Belen Costa Rica, January 28, 2015.
MIÉ, 28/01/2015 – 00:00


raul_castroEsteemed President Luis Guillermo Solís;

Esteemed Heads of State or Government of Latin America and the Caribbean;


Esteemed Heads of delegations and guests;

Ever since the inception of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States, Our America has entered a new stage and advanced toward independence; sovereignty over our natural resources; integration and construction of a new world order; and, social justice and democracy of the people, by the people and for the people. There is a stronger commitment to justice and the rights of the peoples today than in any other historical period.

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Casa de Las Américas. on the new Cuban reality.

Casa de Las Américas
Representativas from Casa de Las Américas
will be interviewed on the new Cuban reality
today 1/16/2015, 6:00pm, Univision Channel 41.

Casa de Las Américas
Representantes de Casa de Las Américas
Serán entrevistados hoy 16/1/2015
sobre la nueva realidad Cuban
esta tarde 6:00pm  por Univision Canal 41.