Cuba rejects new US policy, saying pressure will not work

There have also been reports that Russian Federation has spoken to Cuba about the possibility of reopening a military base on the island, opening up the possibility of a replay of events such as the Cuban missile crisis.

According to reports, Trump enforced restrictions on former President Barack Obama's lenient travel policy to the country. "They only enrich the Cuban regime".

The embargo, which Cubans call a blockade, has been condemned by the global community every year for causing suffering among Cuban people, especially women and children.

Mr. Flake is one of those who wanted to leave the policy of the Obama administration in place with respect to Havana.

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Still, Rodriguez said, the Cuban government had no intention of meeting Trump's demands, including extraditing USA fugitives from justice, like convicted cop killer Assata Shakur.

Noting Trump's speech "laden with hostile rhetoric", Cuba said the events in Miami on Friday constituted a "step backwards in the relations between the two countries".

The US' Guantanamo detention center, ironically on Cuban soil, still serves as a reminder of people imprisoned without due process.

The American Soybean Association (ASA) submitted comments this week to both the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regarding regulations in response to advances in genetic engineering.

The U.S. has a positive trade relationship with the island nation, meaning that America exports more than it imports from Cuba.

Trump justified his partial reversal of Obama's Cuba measures on human rights grounds, however, his critics have questioned why his administration is now singling out Cuba for its human rights record but downplaying the issue in other parts of the world.

The move has been seen as an effort by Trump to keep his campaign promise last fall to the Cuban Americans in south Florida, who have long held an anti-Cuban government attitude. Another category, for support for the Cuban people, is more stringent but will still allow for individual travel.

"The new measures will attack the only sources of growth that the Cuban economy now has: tourism and the private sector", said Pavel Vidal, a Cuban economist at Pontifical Xaverian University in Colombia.

This disengagement from the United States opens the door to countries like Iran, Russia, North Korea and China that will operate within 150 kilometers of the USA coast, he said. That decision to normalize relations with Cuba and begin removing sanctions ended a decades-long freeze of diplomatic ties with the Communist government.

Donald Trump wants to revoke some of the measures the previous USA government adopted and has promised to apply the laws of the blockade to their fullest extent. Why? While seeming like small rollbacks, they may actually have a large effect, as the Armed Forces Business Enterprises Group has a wide reach in the Cuban economy so that it is hard for United States businesses to avoid dealing with it in some capacity. How many Americans will be put out of work by this foolish political stunt?

It should be recalled that Cuba is a State Party to 44 global human rights instruments, while the U.S. is only a State Party to 18.

The stunning property, in a renovated Belle Epoque mall, opened this month billing itself as Cuba's first luxury hotel, with a vast spa, rooftop terrace and cigar lounge.


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