A multitude of voices against the Helms-Burton Act

A multitude of voices against the Helms-Burton Act
More than 400 global figures have signed a statement denouncing the United States’ activation of Title III of the Helms-Burton Act against Cuba

Author: Internacional news staff | informacion@granmai.cu
may 23, 2019 12:05:49

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More than 400 global figures have signed a statement denouncing the United States’ activation of Title III of the Helms-Burton Act against Cuba.

According to teleSUR, the statement entitled “Respect for International Legality,” states that such an application seriously intensifies the economic, commercial and financial blockade against Cuba. It also notes that the United States has once again broken the elementary rules of International Law by awarding domestic law an extraterritorial nature.

The document stressed that the activation of Title III of the Helms-Burton Act marks a clear setback in the normalization of diplomatic relations between the two countries, as announced in 2014 by Raúl Castro and Barack Obama. “We call on U.S. society, and citizens, peoples and governments of the world, of any political tendency, to express their condemnation of this measure that affects the respect and friendship that should prevail among nations,” the text reads.

The signatories also demand that President Donald Trump eliminate this legislation and finally end the unjust blockade, imposed against Cuba for 60 years. “Neither blockades nor walls. The planet is one and belongs to all,” it concludes.

IN CONTEXT:

What does Title III establish?

Title III establishes that companies from third countries will be liable to the former owners of confiscated Cuban properties or to their heirs, for damages for “trafficking” of that property.
It grants those who were not citizens of the United States at the time, whose properties were nationalized or abandoned when they left the country, the right to file claims for compensation.
It provides that United States courts may arbitrate lawsuits based on Title III within the limits of their normal jurisdiction over foreign companies, and empowers the President to suspend the entry into force of said Title, as well as to annul the right to file new lawsuits for “trafficking” at any time.
What legal instruments does the Helms-Burton violate?

Contravenes the United States Constitution and several legal norms of that country.
Violates numerous acts of International Law that regulate political, economic, commercial and financial relations between states.
Goes against freedom of trade and investment, which has generated conflicts with the U.S.’ main trading partners.
Violates the principle of “financial and investment freedom” and “the subordination of subsidiaries to the resident country’s laws.”
Disregards the principle of “respect for the sovereignty of the acts of other nations.”
Does not recognize the free movement of people based on trade.
Goes against bilateral treaties on Investment Protection and bilateral trade agreements with many countries.
Violates the recognized principle that “property ownership is established in accordance with the laws of the country where it is located.”
Title III is unprecedented in U.S legal history.
Congress assumed a judicial function by decreeing that Cuban property confiscations were illegal, when the nationalizations respected the principles of International Law and it was the U.S. government that refused to accept compensation.

Raúl and Díaz-Canel commemorate 124th anniversary of José Martí’s death

Martí, a constant presence lighting the way
Raúl and Díaz-Canel commemorate 124th anniversary of José Martí’s death in battle, sending floral wreaths to his mausoleum in Santa Ifigenia Cemetery

Author: Eduardo Palomares Calderón | palomares@granma.cu
may 20, 2019 08:05:11

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Santiago de Cuba.–As an expression of the constant presence of Cuba’s national hero, Army General Raúl Castro Ruz, first secretary of the Party Central Committee, and President Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez commemorated the 124th anniversary of José Martí’s death in battle, sending floral wreaths to his mausoleum.
These were placed beside the tomb covered with a Cuban flag, in Santiago de Cuba’s Santa Ifigenia Cemetery, May 19, alongside others from the Council of Ministers and the people of Cuba.
The honor guard participating in the special ceremony for the occasion was composed of cadets from the city’s Camilo Cienfuegos Military Academy.
The central remarks during the event were delivered by Odesa Fuentes Medina, vice president of the Provincial Assembly of People’s Power, who said that Martí’s ideas are more necessary than ever, given the complex international context Cuba faces, with increasing hostility from the United States and the reactivation of the Helms-Burton Act’s Title III.
Martí wrote to his good friend Manuel Mercado, May 18, 1895, “I am now, every day, in danger of giving my life for my country, and it is my duty to prevent, through the independence of Cuba, the U.S. from spreading over the West Indies and falling with added weight upon other lands of Our America. All I have done thus far and shall do hereafter is toward this end…. I know the monster, because I have lived in its lair.”

Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel on government visit to Villa Clara

Díaz-Canel on government visit to Villa Clara (+Photos)
Miguel Díaz-Canel, President of Cuba’s Councils of State and Ministers begins government visit to the province of Villa Clara

Ángel Freddy Pérez Cabreramay 15, 2019 15:05:46
President Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez in Villa Clara,
President Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez in Villa Clara,

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Miguel Díaz-Canel, President of Cuba’s Councils of State and Ministers in undertaking a government visit to the province of Villa Clara, which today included several stops and a visit to the new electro-chemical plant in Sagua la Grande, where advanced technology is being installed for the production of chlorine and other products vital to water purification and industrial processes, to improve efficiency in energy use and reduce environmental impact.

First Vice President Salvador Valdés Mesa visited the province’s Biotechnological Institute, where quality seedlings are cultivated to support agricultural yields, and met with outstanding campesinos in the municipality of Camajuaní and reviewed progress being made on food self-sufficiency and local development.

Díaz-Canel continues government visit to Villa Clara

Díaz-Canel continues government visit to Villa Clara
The President of Cuba’s Councils of State and of Ministers continued his second day leading a government visit to Villa Clara with the Council of Ministers, with a tour of the Ernesto Che Guevara Cardiac Center

Author: Ángel Freddy Pérez Cabrera | freddy@granma.cu
Author: Walkiria Juanes Sánchez | internet@granma.cu
may 16, 2019 10:05:53

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The President of Cuba’s Councils of State and of Ministers continued leading a government visit to Villa Clara with the Council of Ministers.
Diaz-Canel’s first stop was the Ernesto Che Guevara Cardiac Center to check on progress on an expansion to increase bed capacity, improve the ambulatory consultation area, and other facilities.
In a conversation with staff members, who serve 3.5 million residents of the island’s six central provinces, the President noted that the center is a product of audacity and perseverance, of dreaming, but with our feet firmly on the ground, which plays an essential role in the region’s public health system.
Upon leaving the institution, as has become customary, Díaz-Canel chatted with the crowd waiting for him, sharing observations he has made during the tour.
Later, he visited the Induvilla Basic Enterprise Unit, affiliated with the Pescavilla fishing company, where he conversed with its director, Rene Peña.
Next, the President reviewed progress being made on the province’s housing program, noting, “An effort has been made to guarantee resources for the most needy,” referring to subsidies and the need to expedite their processing.

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U.S. lies and threats against Cuba denounced around the world

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U.S. lies and threats against Cuba denounced around the world

Voices around the world condemn new U.S. sanctions on Cuba, in particular the recent activation of the Helms-Burton Act’s Title III

Bertha Mojena Miliánmay 14, 2019 09:05:02

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Voices around the world continue to condemn new U.S. sanctions on Cuba, in particular the recent activation of the Helms-Burton Act’s Title III.
The government of Mexico reiterated its rejection of the re-activation of this stipulation in violation of international law, and reaffirmed its commitment to legally protect Mexican companies that may be affected. In an official communiqué, the Ministry of Economy recalled that, in order to counteract the extraterritorial effects of the Helms-Burton, Mexico enacted a law that specifically protects commerce and investment from foreign regulations that contravene international norms, in effect since October 1996.
“Like other countries, Mexico has analyzed the relevant legal procedures to file complaints for violations of international law that the Helms-Burton Act represents,” the Mexican government states.
The Islamic Republic of Iran also confirmed its support for the Cuba. “Washington demonstrated, once again, that it resorts to illegitimate mechanisms to pressure independent countries,” Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Seyed Abas Musavi said.
According to Prensa Latina, a professor at the Chinese University of Political Science and Law, Pan Deng, commented that the Trump administration is attempting to pressure Cuba and affecting the entire international community.
Deng said that Title III is a throwback to the colonial era that violates the principles of the world trade, creating barriers to the exchange of goods and services between different states.
The “Friends of Cuba” organization in Belgium adopted a resolution calling on the European Union and its member states to use all possible means to protect companies and citizens from the consequences of legal suits in U.S. courts, filed on the basis of Title III.
Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla, yesterday once again tweeted his appreciation for “the widespread international rejection of the Helms-Burton Act by governments, companies, and individuals.”
As our President Miguel Diaz-Canel affirmed: “The U.S. government’s threats, sanctions, measures, falsehoods, and lies against Cuba have found no support among political, academic, cultural, business, or religious sectors, inside or outside U.S. territory.”

Does the U.S. have the right to impunity?

Does the U.S. have the right to impunity?
Under U.S. pressure, the ICC declined to investigate the allegations of atrocities committed by the country’s forces in Afghanistan

Raúl Antonio Capotemay 10, 2019 18:05:03

The  .

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The United States Army has established a long history of war crimes, beginning with the genocide of native peoples in the North America, through those committed in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria, more recently.

Usually, the U.S. government, the armed forces, and the press are able to cover up the atrocities committed. To cite a few examples from the war in Iraq, on November 19, 2005, U.S. troops entered the town of Haditha, killing individuals indiscriminately. Aws Fahmi, a witness to the massacre, saw Marines murder members of three families, and heard his neighbor beg in English for his life and those of his loved ones, including his daughters, 14, 10, five, three and one years of age.

Nine-year-old Eman Walid Abdul-Hameed recounted that the Marines broke into his home around 7:00 am, saying that they “entered the bedroom where my father was praying and shot him. They went into my grandmother’s bedroom and killed her without a thought. They threw a grenade under my grandfather’s bed.”

The attack lasted five hours and the Marines killed a total of 24 civilians.

On November 13, 2006, U.S. troops opened tank fire on the Al-Dhubat neighborhood of Ramadi and killed some 35 people, all civilians. Haji Jassim, 60, told Inter Press Service that residents “were not allowed to go near the houses to rescue the wounded, so many bled to death.”

In November of 2004, U.S. forces began Operation Phantom Fury against the city of Fallujah. Over ten days, they destroyed the city and killed thousands of people, using white phosphorus munitions prohibited by international treaties.

A video of the operation, recorded by NBC correspondent Kevin Sites, shows several wounded Iraqis in a mosque, guarded by Marines. The detainees had been interrogated and were left on the ground overnight. A Marine pointed to a wounded man lying on the floor and said: “He’s not dead, just pretending”. The soldier raises his rifle and shoots him in the head. Another Marine shouts: “Well, he’s dead now.” The execution of a prisoner, especially a wounded one, is a war crime according to the Geneva Conventions. Continue reading

The Helms-Burton is not applicable in Cuba

The Helms-Burton is not applicable in Cuba
“The Helms-Burton Act is not applicable in Cuba… because it is a law of the United States and therefore its jurisdiction, its range of action, is the United States… Cuba has a law approved in 1996 that declares the Helms-Burton Act null and void,” said Carlos Fernández de Cossío, the Foreign Ministry’s director for the United States

Yudy Castro Moralesmay 10, 2019 18:05:07

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“The Helms-Burton Act is not applicable in Cuba; in the first place, because it is a law of the United States and therefore its jurisdiction, its range of action, is the United States. No sovereign country that respects itself would allow the extraterritorial application of a U.S. law in its territory. In addition, in our case, Cuba has a law approved in 1996 that declares the Helms-Burton Act null and void.”

This is how Carlos Fernández de Cossío, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ general director for the United States, explained the situation, which is worth repeating for those with doubts about this famous law’s lack of validity. This legal creation, meant to strangle the Cuban economy, is well-known precisely because of its extraterritoriality, and its disrespect for international law.

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U.S. citizens want to visit Cuba

U.S. citizens want to visit Cuba, despite the tourism ban and travel restrictions imposed by their government
Cuba continues to be the only country in the world where U.S. citizens can not freely travel as tourists, thanks to their government’s discriminatory policy

Yisel Martínez Garcíamay 8, 2019 17:05:07

The arrival of cruise ship visitors to Cuba continues to grow, up 48% this year.

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The U.S. tourist sector remains committed to Cuba as a holiday destination, even as the U.S. government is tightening the blockade against the island. This was stated at a press conference by Michel Bernal Quicutis, commercial director at the Cuban Ministry of Tourism (Mintur), who assured that “We will not give up on reaching the planned 5,100,000 visitors for this 2019.”

As he explained, U.S. citizens continue to occupy second place among visitor source markets to Cuba, behind Canada, with a total of 257,500 visitors in the first four months of the year, representing growth of 93.5%. Of them, 55% arrive to the country aboard cruise ships, a modality that continues to grow, up 48% this year.

“Despite smear campaigns against Cuba, 13.5% of tourists who visit us claim to have chosen the island for its safety, both personal and epidemiological; also because it is a country where there is no organized crime, drug cartels, kidnappings do not occur, and one can enjoy the destination at any time,” Bernal added. Continue reading

Cuban “troops” saving lives in Venezuela

Cuban “troops” saving lives in Venezuela
Cubans are truly committed to the principle of sovereignty, we are protective of our independence, and we would never do to others what we would not allow to be done to ourselves

Raúl Antonio Capotemay 6, 2019 10:05:56

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More than 20,000 Cuban collaborators, 61% of whom are women, remain in Venezuela fighting to save lives and ensuring the well-being of the population of this sister nation. Photo: Omara García
U.S. President Donald Trump recently threatened Cuba with a “full and complete” blockade, coupled with the “highest-level sanctions,” while John Bolton accused the island of “controlling” the government of Nicolás Maduro.

That lie is repeated without an ounce of shame by the highest officials of the Yankee government, and Donald Trump has ordered Cuba to withdraw “20,000 Cuban soldiers from Venezuela,” even promising a new opening in relations if the island takes its “hands off” Caracas.

Cubans are truly committed to the principle of sovereignty, we are protective of our independence, and we would never do to others what we would not allow to be done to ourselves. Our banner “has never been mercenary.” Venezuela, the land of the clarion call, of Bolívar’s brave soldiers, the same that made an empire tremble, needs no one other than Venezuelans themselves to safeguard its honor, courage and dignity.

The only Cuban “troops” to be found across Venezuela, working alongside its brave people, are those fulfilling what they consider a duty. Thousands of Cuban specialists in health, sports, culture, education, communications, agriculture, food, industry, science, energy and transport, share this task in the Bolivarian Republic. Continue reading

Army General Raúl Castro Ruz awarded Lenin Prize

Army General Raúl Castro Ruz, first secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba, was awarded the Lenin Prize, yesterday, International Workers Day, for his exceptional contribution to the construction of socialism and the principles of justice, humanism, and social progress
Author: Leticia Martínez Hernández | internet@granma.cu
may 2, 2019 09:05:00

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Following the massive May Day march through Havana’s Plaza de la Revolución, Army General Raúl Castro Ruz, first secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba, was awarded the Lenin Prize by the Communist Party of the Russian Federation’s Central Committee, “for his exceptional contribution to the construction of socialism and his work to consolidate the principles of justice, humanism, and social progress.”
Upon receiving the distinction from Iván Mélnikov, first vice president of the State Duma and the Communist Party of the Russian Federation, Raúl said he accepted the honor “not in a personal capacity, but on behalf of our entire people, of Party members, and as a recognition of our Party’s leadership.”
He added that Cuban revolutionaries owe the Soviet Union, and especially the heroic Russian people, eternal gratitude, recalling words that Fidel once spoke to him: “Without the help of all kinds that we received from the Soviet Union, it would have been difficult, despite the heroic resistance our people, to emerge victorious in those hard years.”
During the simple ceremony – which took place at the José Martí Memorial and was attended by President Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez and other members of the Party Political Bureau – Mélnikov stated that Raúl merited the distinction on the basis of his work in the international fight against anti-communism and colonialism, and his consistent efforts to strengthen the friendship shared by Cuba and Russia.
The Lenin Prize, created in 1925, was one of the Soviet Union’s most important distinctions and is announced every year on April 22, the day the leader of the Russian Revolution was born.