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Cuba withstands most costly year in the blockade’s history

Cuba withstands most costly year in the blockade’s history
For the first time, damages caused by the genocidal U.S. blockade of Cuba surpassed five billion dollars in a year’s time

Nuria Barbosa Leónoctober 29, 2020 10:10:58

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For the first time in the history of the genocidal U.S. economic, commercial and financial blockade against Cuba, the damages and losses caused surpassed a total of five billion dollars in a year’s time, Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla reported, October 22.

In the annual report prepared by the Ministry describing the magnitude of damage suffered as a result of this extraterritorial policy, to current and future prospects for development o the island, the Foreign Minister denounced, in an online press conference, the increasing aggressiveness of the U.S. government, which, showing no concern for the COVID-19 pandemic, imposed more sanctions on Cuba, in a flagrant violation of all norms governing foreign trade and investment.

On the occasion of the submission to the United Nations General Assembly of a resolution entitled “The necessity of ending the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the United States of America against Cuba,” Rodríguez reviewed the impact of this hostile policy on various sectors of society, during the period between April 2019 and March 2020.

He noted that, since President Donald Trump took office, more than 90 restrictive measures have been adopted in just one year, practically one per week, indicative of the administration’s intention to cause greater suffering to the Cuban people and negatively impact the country’s efforts to implement our updated socio-economic strategy.

“The blockade is applied in an extraterritorial manner, violating the sovereignty of third states, companies and citizens of other countries,” the Minister stated, and urged the international community to once again overwhelmingly reject the cruel interventionist policy and approve the proposed resolution for the 29th time, at the UN General Assembly in May of 2021.

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Washington blocks shipment of medical donation from Chinese company Ali Baba to Cuba

Washington blocks shipment of medical donation from Chinese company Ali Baba to Cuba







Beijing, April 1 (RHC)–The Cuban ambassador to China, Carlos Miguel Pereira, denounced Wednesday that the economic, financial and commercial blockade by the United States prevents the Alibaba company from making a donation to the island to combat the COVID-19.
According to the diplomat, the U.S. firm contracted to transport to the Caribbean nation a batch of face masks and diagnostic kits of the deadly disease, at the last minute declined to make the delivery, arguing regulations of the blockade.
“The noble, enormous and commendable effort of the founder of Alibaba and of the Jack Ma Foundation, which has managed to reach more than fifty countries around the world, could not touch Cuban soil, no matter how necessary those resources might be in support of the battle being waged by the small and besieged Antillean island,” Pereira said.
On behalf of his government, the Ambassador expressed his deepest gratitude to the Chinese businessman for the donation and the efforts underway to get it to its final destination, Prensa Latina reported.
‘Again, the unjust, arbitrary and illegal blockade disrupts everything. Things will always be more difficult for Cuba, that’s why every achievement, every small step forward, becomes a huge triumph against the demons’, the Ambassador concluded in an opinion article.
Last March 22, Jack Ma announced on Twitter the shipment of two million masks, 400 thousand diagnostic reagents, and 104 ventilators to 24 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, including Cuba, to support the confrontation of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“One World, One Struggle,” he wrote, adding that they would soon ship the cargo to Cuba, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, the Dominican Republic and Peru, among other countries in the region.