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Compilation of articles of interest on the reactions of several media and intellectuals on the relations between the United States and Cuba after the declarations of Trump the past 16 of June.

Alabama wondering what about Cuba trade in Trump era / The News and Observer

Agriculture officials and industry leaders in Alabama for years have lobbied for expanded exports to communist Cuba, a country they see as a promising market for this state’s poultry products.

Now they’re waiting to see what President Donald Trump’s recent, more restrictive policy change with Cuba will mean for the millions of tons of poultry that leave Mobile for the island nation every month.

Alabama Agriculture Commissioner John McMillan last week said exports to Cuba could be impacted by that country’s response to the president’s directive.

“Particularly, with Raul Castro stepping down in early ’18,” McMillan said. “We’re going to be anxious to see what the Cuban government’s policy is going to be.

“. If something undesirable happens there, that would be on the Cuba side,” he said. “We hope that doesn’t happen.”

Earlier this month, Trump said the United States would impose new limits on U.S. travelers to the island and ban any payments to the military-linked conglomerate that controls much of the island’s tourism industry, The Associated Press reported. Trump also declared that: “The harboring of criminals and fugitives will end. You have no choice. It will end.”

He said the United States would consider lifting those and other restrictions only after Cuba returned fugitives and made a series of other internal changes, including freeing political prisoners, allowing freedom of assembly and holding free elections.

Cuba’s foreign minister later rejected the policy change, saying “we will never negotiate under pressure or under threat” and would refuse the return of U.S. fugitives who have received asylum in Cuba.

About 7 million tons of poultry are shipped from the Port of Mobile each month to Cuba. But Cuba has other options for importing agriculture products, McMillan said, including Mexico, South America and Canada.

“They have choices. Some of those choices may be more expensive. That may be our advantage,” said McMillan, who has taken multiple trips to Cuba and advocated for expanded agricultural exports.

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Trump’s Policy towards Cuba Doomed to Fail, French Intellectual Says / Latin Press

French intellectual Salim Lamrani has considered that the hostile policy announced by U.S. President, Donald Trump, towards Cuba is doomed to fail, according to an article published today.

The university professor, a specialist on the issue of the relations between Washington and Havana, recalled that since the triumph of the Revolution in 1959, Cuba ‘has never made the slightest concession under pressure or threat.’

‘The Cubans are not sensitive to the language of coercion, blackmail or intimidation. That is a part of its idiosyncrasy,’ Lamrani said in an article posted on the Mondialisation website.

The French writer and essayist stated that the measures announced by Trump give rise to misunderstanding within the American society, as well as rejection at the international level.

‘While the world had welcomed the constructive dialogue started by Barack Obama in December 2014 and lifting some restrictions, Donald Trump ended the process of normalizing relations,’ he said.

According to his statements, ‘the aggressive and authoritarian tone marks a break with the policy of dialogue adopted by Barack Obama.’

He also pointed out that the new U.S. president resorted to an unprecedented speech of hostility that goes back to the rhetoric of the cold war.

Lamrani emphasized Cuba’s position, always ready to dialogue and peacefully resolve the disputes with the United States, based on the respect for three fundamental principles: sovereign equality, reciprocity and the non-interference in the internal affairs.

‘In one word, the political system, the social model and the foreign policy of Cuba, are exclusive competences of the sovereign people of the island,’ he said.

2017: Record of more than 200,000 people coming from USA to Cuba / Cuba Headlines

Cuba´s National Office of Statistics and Information (ONEI by its Spanish acronym) reported that by the end of May, 284,556 Americans visited Cuba, same amount than in all 12 months of 2016.

The report adds that the last year marked the record of 284,937 people coming from USA to Cuba, for a 74 percent increase compared to 2015.

The amount so far 2017 represents an increase of 145 percent compared to the same period last year, when 116,004 Americans traveled to the Caribbean island during that period.

Statistics show that 166,455 Cubans living in America visited the archipelago until the end of May, for a 45 percent growth compared to the same stage of 2016, when 114,391 of them came.

The opening last August of the regular flights of ten American airlines, and the growth of the arrivals of cruises facilitated that flow of travelers.

According to the report, Americans continue to visit Cuba protected by 12 categories of permits approved during Obama administration, as they are prohibited from coming properly as tourists

 

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