Washington, Oct. 8 (Prensa Latina) U.S. President Donald Trump is squeezing Cuba’s economy today in a cruel and evil attempt to starve its citizens, a U.S. analyst said in criticizing sanctions against the island.
Peter Kornbluh, director of the Cuba Documentation Project at George Washington University’s National Security Archive, said in an article published in The Nation magazine that the cynical use of Cuba policy has been a central issue in nearly every U.S. presidential campaign since 1959.
However, he warned that, to promote his presidential prospects, Trump is now sacrificing the fundamental rights of U.S. citizens: the freedom to choose their lodgings when traveling; to attend music festivals, to purchase books or cigars of their choice; and to buy the souvenirs they want to take home, on the altar of electoral politics.
At the same time, he is squeezing Cuba’s economy in a cruel and evil attempt to starve its citizens, as the island nation, like many other countries, struggles desperately to recover from the costly Covid-19 pandemic,’ the expert said.
Kornbluh recalled that after the triumph of the Cuban Revolution in 1959, its historical leader, Fidel Castro, nationalized the famous tourist industry of the Antillean nation, which at that time was dominated by American mafiosi such as Meyer Lansky, Lucky Luciano and Santo Trafficante.
Since then, the state has maintained total or majority ownership of Cuba’s hotels, putting them out of reach of U.S. citizens, he said, referring to the most recent punishments announced against the island by the Republican.
Such measures, implemented last month, prohibit Americans from staying on island government property, importing alcohol or tobacco of Cuban origin, or traveling to the Caribbean country under a general license to participate in academic, sporting, cultural, and other events.
The expert explained that U.S. travelers can still visit Cuba legally and stay in many private homes, but the new hotel accommodation bans create considerable obstacles for delegations and larger groups going to Cuba, for example, for educational tours.
Kornbluh said that such sanctions will directly penalize entire sectors of hotel workers and undermine the entire Cuban private sector, contrary to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s argument that they seek to deprive the government of resources.
With these punishments, the analyst added, Trump is betting that his policy of pain toward Cuba will give him enough hardliners to outnumber Cuban Americans who oppose such measures, which bring suffering to their loved ones on the island.
(Taken from PL)