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Cuba: peaceful and poor but called a terrorist country

Isolated, with great economical difficulties, but with no reason to suspect a warlike, economic or any other kind of danger, Cuba is listed as dangerous by the Colossus of the North, simply because it refuses to adopt a capitalist system and wants to remain independent.

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Over the past three decades, the Government of the United States has persistently included Cuba, arbitrarily and unilaterally on the list of countries which sponsor terrorism, with the aim of tightening the control it has imposed on the country for over half a century.

Using this method, (which has been constantly adopted by Washington since 1982), Cuba’s northern neighbour continues to demonstrate that they will not give up on their old policy of trying to economically strangle the Cuban Revolution.

This practice by the U.S. Department of State is not new, and has been systematically applied since December 29th 1979 to a group of countries that, coincidentally, do not share the ideological postulates laid down in the land of Uncle Sam.

Cuba is not the only nation which is a victim of the hoax: Libya, Iraq, South Yemen, North Korea and Syria, have all been under the scrutiny of the American “experts”.

The arguments used by the United States against Cuba to back up their accusation that the biggest island of the Antilles supports terrorist acts, are so questionable and lacking in evidence that it has led to criticism from prominent people, among whom are military figures, academics, and journalists, who feel solidarity with the South.

For three decades Cuba has condemned the actions of the American government, and it has the full support of many countries, associations and individuals who support the internationalist and humanitarian work of the Cuban people and government in support of the world’s neediest countries.

In December of 2011, two American charities- the Latin American Working Group and The Centre for International Policy demanded that the Department of State remove Cuba from the list of terrorist countries.

In March last year, brigadier General John Adams, a US military ex-representative from the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), signed an article together with federal lobbyist, David W. Jones, that was published in “The Hill’ newspaper asking the White House to remove Cuba from the list and to put an end to its counterproductive politics towards Havana.

Adams and Jones, in their statement claim that this attitude is becoming an anachronism which is undermining Washington’s efforts to fight against terrorism.

This view was supported in May by members of the Cuba-United States Academic Workshop (TACE), which is made up of nine US academics from the American University and eight Cuban academics from the University of Havana.

At this meeting, Philip Brenner, a professor at the American University, suggested that the fight against terrorism is an area where a constructive approach could be adopted by both countries.

On July 31st, the U.S. Department of State released its new list of countries sponsoring terrorism and once again, it included Cuba- this time accused of an alleged lack of intervention in the Cuban banking system to tackle money laundering and financial transactions linked to terrorism.

Raúl Castro, Presidente of Cuba.

The reactions to this were immediate.

Cuban-American professor Arturo López-Levy, a research associate at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies, at the University Denver, said that Cuba’s inclusion on the list is another sign that the United States’ policy towards Cuba is a cemetery for ethics and rational strategies.

“Every time the U.S. claims that it is calling for allies in its war against terrorism, they are put to shame by then including Cuba on the list of terrorist countries” Professor Lopez-Levy stressed.

The scholar also claimed that this act is one more political game, which is playing with the national security of the country; thus, a mechanism which should be non-partisan and professional is being manipulated by a recalcitrant minority of the Cuban-American community.

The Cuban American professor added that because of this manipulation, normally unthinkable trials have been held, obviating the Act of State doctrine, and presuming that Cuba only has limited immunity, which is a violation against international law and Cuban sovereignty.

From Miami, the heart of the emigrant Cuban community in the United States, Elena Freyre, president of the Foundation for Normalization of U.S-Cuba Relation (Fornorm), also called the Department of State’s inclusion of Cuba on this list shameful and hypocritical.

“The United States is the same country that allows true terrorists to walk freely along the streets of Miami, whilst it persecutes, imprisons or holds on remand far from their families, five Cuban men, who were only trying to defend their country from these attacks ” Freyre said.

The president of FORNORM emphasized that she has long known that Cuba’s inclusion on the list has much to do with satisfying the interests of those “so-called” Miami Cuban extremists and nothing to do with Cuban reality.

Washington has a double standard when it comes to the issue of the fight against terrorism, by publicly accusing Cuba with slanderous comments; it hides the fact that Havana periodically yields truthful and accurate information to the relevant bodies of the United Nations on these issues and others linked to the fight against terrorism, according to a recent statement issued by the Cuban Foreign Ministry.

The document was released to the press after the United States’ decision to reiterate its accusation against Cuba; it also revealed that in February 2012, the island renewed the proposal to agree on a bilateral program of fighting terrorism, to which the White House has still not yet responded.  (PL)

(Translated by Emma O’Toole)

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