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Cuba and the Monroe Doctrine

The United States is intent upon returning the world to the worst of times
Excerpts from speeches by Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez during the National Assembly of People’s Power and the Congress of the Union of Cuban Writers and Artists (UNEAC)

Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdezjuly 17, 2019 12:07:30
The current U.S. administration, which despises multilateralism and is intent upon returning the world to the worst of times, using the most impudent threats, with insolent interference and constant ultimatums, including the possibility of invasions, has publicly declared, more than once, its goal of destroying any alternative development, different from the savage capitalism it attempts to develop in the region.

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Photo: Juvenal Balán
Venezuela, Nicaragua and Cuba are the nations whose political processes do not accept the Trump administration’s resurrection of the Monroe Doctrine… sinking into a morass of ridiculous lies to ensure that three Latin American nations, struggling to overcome inherited underdevelopment, threaten the powerful empire.
The novelty lies in the tactics of unconventional warfare, which go from the symbolic to the real: from so-called fake news to sabotage, to the computer networks that sustain the vitality of the country.
Those who are now in charge of the political leadership of this influential nation have shown that they disregard commitments and legal instruments freely agreed upon by the great majority of states, ignoring the right to self-determination of peoples, and denying the principle of sovereign equality among nations.
They believe that their government’s desires can be imposed on others, including their own allies, through threat or punishment, with the imposition of punitive trade tariffs and other coercive, unilateral measures. In more serious cases, they resort to unconventional warfare or armed conflicts, regardless of the consequences, the coups, or the open, overt imposition of so-called “regime change” strategies.
They intend to quickly destroy the system of international relations built around the norms and principles of the United Nations Charter.In the Western Hemisphere, the United States government has openly declared the validity and implementation of the infamous Monroe Doctrine, an old instrument of colonialism, neocolonialism, and imperialism, which denies the right to self-determination, threatens the sovereignty of all nations in the Americas, without exception, and seeks to intimidate the entire world.
The conduct of the United States toward Cuba continues to cling to the objective of economic strangulation, through the tightening of the blockade, the promotion of political subversion, to which tens of millions of dollars are dedicated every year with the intention of dividing, confusing, and weakening the unity of our people, and a fierce propaganda campaign aimed at discrediting the Revolution, its leaders, its glorious historical legacy; denigrating our economic and social policies in favor of development and justice; and liquidating political forces of the left and popular movements, resorting to McCarthyism to attempt to destroy the ideas of socialism.
As Raúl pointed out last April 10 before this Assembly, “Despite its immense power, imperialism does not possess the capacity to break the dignity of a united people, proud of its history and of the freedom conquered with so much sacrifice.”
(Excerpts from speeches during the National Assembly of People’s Power Ninth Legislature’s Third Period of Ordinary Sessions, and the closing of the Union of Cuban Writers and Artists Congress, June 30, 2019)