Reflections by comrade Fidel
NOT A WORD ABOUT THE BLOCAKE
The U.S. administration announced through CNN that Obama would be visiting Mexico this week, in the first part
of a trip that will take him to Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, where he
will be within four days taking part in the Summit of the Americas. He has
announced the relief of some hateful restrictions imposed by Bush to Cubans
living in the
But not a word was said about the harshest of measures: the blockade. This is the way a truly genocidal measure is piously called, one whose damage cannot be calculated only on the basis of its economic effects, for it constantly takes human lives and brings painful suffering to our people.
Numerous diagnostic equipment and crucial medicines --made
An influential Republican Senator, Richard Lugar, and some others from his same party in Congress, as well as a significant number of his Democratic peers, favor the removal of the blockade. The conditions exist for Obama to use his talents in a constructive policy that could put an end to the one that has failed for almost half a century.
On the other hand, our country, which has resisted
and is willing to resist whatever it takes, neither blames Obama
for the atrocities of other
Taking note of this reality, the President of the
State Council of Cuba has expressed his willingness to have a dialogue with Obama and to normalize relations with the
At , the head of the Interests Section of Cuba in Washington, Jorge Bolaños, was summoned to the State Department by Deputy Secretary of State Thomas Shannon. He did not say anything different from what had been indicated by the CNN.
At a lengthy press conference started. The
substance of what was said there is reflected in the words of Dan Restrepo, Presidential Adviser for
He said that today President Obama had instructed to take certain measures, certain steps, to reach out to the Cuban people in support of their wishes to live with respect for human rights and to determine their own destiny and that of the country.
He added that the president had instructed the
secretaries of State, Commerce and Treasury to undertake the necessary actions
to remove all restrictions preventing persons to visit their relatives in the
He also said that with these measures, aimed at closing the gap between divided Cuban families and promoting the free flow of information and humanitarian assistance to the Cuban people, President Obama was making an effort to fulfill the objectives he set out during his campaign and after taking on his position.
Finally, he indicated that all those who believe in
the basic democratic values hope for a
At the end of the press conference, the adviser
candidly confessed that ‘all of this is for
Now, the only thing left is for Obama to try to persuade all of the Latin American presidents attending the conference that the blockade is harmless.
Fidel Castro Ruz