April 17, 2019 at 11:09 pm #185369
The USA now includes Cuba in it sights
“…Bolton said the United States was targeting Cuba’s military and intelligence services, including a military-owned airline, for additional sanctions and was tightening travel and trade restrictions against the island.
Bolton’s speech followed the State Department’s announcement on Wednesday that it was lifting a long-standing ban against U.S. citizens filing lawsuits against foreign companies that use properties seized by Cuba’s Communist government since Fidel Castro’s 1959 revolution.
President Donald Trump’s decision, which the State Department said could unleash hundreds of thousands of legal claims worth tens of billions of dollars, drew swift criticism from European and Canadian allies, whose companies have significant interests in Cuba.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, speaking at the State Department, confirmed that the US will allow lawsuits against foreign companies operating on properties that were seized from Americans during the 1959 Cuban Revolution. Pompeo said, “Any person or company doing business in Cuba should heed this announcement.”
The Cuban government, which could be hindered in attracting new foreign investment, denounced it as “an attack on international law.” Cuba has said it would reimburse the owners of nationalized properties, but only if it were reimbursed for billions of dollars in damages cause by a six-decade US trade embargo.
The European Union, which is Cuba’s largest trading partner, has warned it could challenge the US at the World Trade Organization if it tries to interfere in business ties between sovereign states. The EU told DW it was ready to defend European interests in the matter. “The European Union reiterates its strong opposition to the extraterritorial application of unilateral restrictive measures which it considers contrary to international law,” a spokesperson for the EU said. “The EU is ready to protect European interests — including European investments and the economic activities of EU individuals and entities in their relations with Cuba, if these were to be affected.”
William LeoGrande, a professor at American University in Washington DC, who specializes in Latin America, said hard-line interventionists in the Trump administration have adopted a policy of regime change towards Venezuela and Cuba. “They hope that by toppling the Venezuelan government and cutting off oil exports to Cuba, they can bring about an economic crisis in Cuba that causes political collapse there as well.” The Trump administration’s policy is designed “to scare away foreign contractors and investors, leaving Cuba short of the capital it needs to grow its economy, and aggravating the economic crisis,” LeoGrande said. Europe has lobbied Washington not to end waivers to the Act exposing foreign firms to lawsuits after the Trump administration signaled earlier it would upend previous policy. “Now it appears that the concerns of the EU are going to be ignored, despite the EU’s efforts to be helpful solving the crisis in Venezuela,” LeoGrande said. “It is yet another example of the Trump administration’s unilateralism and contempt for traditional allies.”
While accusing Cuba of propping up Maduro with thousands of security force members in the country, Bolton also warned “all external actors, including Russia,” against deploying military assets to support the Venezuelan leader.
“The United States will consider such provocative actions a threat to international peace and security in the region,” Bolton said.
Bolton’s announcements included further measures to roll back parts of the historic opening to Cuba under his predecessor, Barack Obama. The Obama administration’s approach, he said, “provided the Cuban regime with the necessary political cover to expand its malign influence.” Bolton brought in Mauricio Claver-Carone, known as staunchly anti-Castro and an outspoken critic of Obama’s rapprochement with Havana, as his top Latin America adviser.
Among the Cuba measures announced by Bolton was reinstatement of limits on U.S. citizens sending remittances to Cuba at $1,000 (£767) per person per quarter. Remittances have surged since Obama started easing restrictions, becoming an important part of the economy and fuelling growth of the private sector. Bolton said the United States would also further restrict “non-family” travel to Cuba.
Ben Rhodes, a former Obama adviser who negotiated the 2014 diplomatic breakthrough with Havana commented, “This is a shameful and mean-spirited policy.”
Bolton also announced sanctions on Nicaragua’s Bancorp, which he called a “slush fund,” and on Laureano Ortega, a son of President Daniel Ortega for what he described as “vast corruption.”April 18, 2019 at 12:15 am #185371AnonymousInactive
And Nicaragua too. They are missing Bolivia. If the Martians are against the USA government and the ruling elite, they will get sanctions, embargos and threats of warsApril 18, 2019 at 4:18 am #185373AnonymousInactive
And Nicaragua too. They are missing Bolivia. If the Martians are against the USA government and the ruling elite, they will get sanctions, embargos, and threats of warsApril 27, 2019 at 1:02 am #185672AnonymousInactive
Probably, 99.9% of the peoples in the USA are not aware of these facts
Trump Has Murdered Over 40,000 Venezuelans With SanctionsApril 27, 2019 at 3:12 am #185676
Our blog constantly tries to connect fellow-workers to realities and tries it little bit. It already posted this on the report.April 30, 2019 at 9:31 am #185760
Erik Prince – the founder of the mercenaries Blackwater and a prominent supporter of U.S. President Donald Trump – has been pushing a plan to deploy a private army to help topple Venezuela’s socialist president, Nicholas Maduro, four sources with knowledge of the effort told Reuters.
Prince sketched out a plan to field up to 5,000 soldiers-for-hire on behalf of Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido. Prince envisions a force made up of “Peruvians, Ecuadoreans, Colombians, Spanish speakers,” one of the sources said, adding that Prince argued that such soldiers would be more politically palatable than American contractors.
A Venezuelan exile close to the opposition agreed but said private contractors might prove useful, in the event Maduro’s government collapses, by providing security for a new administration in the aftermath.
Prince’s Venezuela plan said he is seeking $40 million from private investors. He also aims to get funding from the billions of dollars in Venezuelan assets that have been seized by governments around the world imposing sanctions on the OPEC nation, a major oil exporter.April 30, 2019 at 1:43 pm #185788
A failed coup, a successful coup, the start of a bloody civil war or pretext for invasion? Just have to wait and see how it developsApril 30, 2019 at 3:04 pm #185789AnonymousInactive
What would happen if any militaries in the US try to overthrow the government ? Probably, they would be killed or executed. That was a failed coup, but others sources indicate that they are civilian wearing militaries uniforms. In Cuba, China, or North Korea they would have been executed. In Cuba before the CIA invasion most agitators were executed . Lopez who is a psychopath is the US preferred leader, Guaido is just a bufferApril 30, 2019 at 11:00 pm #185818
“Lopez is the US preferred leader”
His wife certainly appears to be the spokesperson for the opposition in the US and she definitely has the ear of Trump’s Venezuelan hawks.
Already there is a PR campaign by US to explain the failure of the coup. But the point is, unlike the failed coup against Chavez, the people did not come out on the streets.
Whether this is Trump’s Bay of Pigs i’m not so sure. I think another coup may well still be considered.
But as this struggle for power carries on, the people continue to suffer.April 30, 2019 at 11:55 pm #185821May 1, 2019 at 12:33 am #185824
The media supports regime change
“…When it comes to advocating the overthrow of the US government’s foreign undesirables, you can always count on opinion pages to represent all sides of why it’s a good thing…”
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Another interview with him here
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Marcos, our blog posted thisMay 1, 2019 at 10:43 pm #185885
“The president has been crystal clear and incredibly consistent—military action is possible,” Pompeo said, “In the event that there comes a moment—and we’ll all have to make decisions about when that moment is and the president will ultimately have to make that decision—he’s prepared to do that if that’s what’s required,”May 2, 2019 at 8:04 am #185887hallblitheParticipant
The Socialist party of Great Britain asks, “When did the people of Venezuela get collective ownership of the means of production?” This is part of that perpetual argument, “True socialism has never been tried.” If the argument of the Socialist party is that many who claim to be acting in the name of economic equality get into power, focus their efforts on securing their grip on power, and then act in their own interest and only their own interest . . . yeah, no kidding. Thanks for noticing, guys:
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The Socialist party of Great Britain asks, “
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