Economy, Globe, Latin America

The economic war against Cuba

A conversation with Salim Lamrani on May 28th will examine the blockade suffered by the island for decades because of the United States.

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Salim Lamrani
Salim Lamrani

Since the 1959 Cuban Revolution, relations between the Latin American country and the US have severely deteriorated, dominated by tension and confrontation.

Although the United States does not maintain formal diplomatic relations with Cuba, the country has maintained an embargo on the island because of illegal trade relations, thus creating significant economic blockades.

The act approved by the US in 1992 prohibited US businesses from trading with Cuba, from travelling to the country and even from sending remittances to family members who live in Cuba.

Barack Obama
Barack Obama

But the situation has got even worse, on the 10th of October 2006 the United States declared that an organisation would pursue violators of the embargo imposed on the regime, of the then President Fidel Castro, with penalties of up to 10 years imprisonment and heavy fines for those that break it.

Thus, the US government has constantly kept itself isolated and sanctioned from Cuba. An event on May 28th has been organised to analyse the origin of the embargo, its provisions, how contrary it is to international law and how it affects the lives of Cubans.

Extranjeros en cuba4The event, organised by the Cuba Solidarity Campaign, will be led by Dr. Salim Lamrani, a journalist, academic and expert in Cuba-US relations.

Lamrani, a professor at the University of Paris-Sorbonne and the University of La Réunion, will examine the US government’s official documents in order to expose the indefensible blockade that has been widely condemned by citizens around the world. Furthermore, he will sign copies of his new book “The Economic War Against Cuba”.

Date: 28th May 2013. Time:  6:30 pm – 8:30 pm.

Location: Bolivar Hall, 54-56 Grafton Way, London, W1T 5DL

For more information, please visit the website.

(Translated by Emma O’Toole)

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