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US-Cuban embargo back in the spotlight

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US-Cuban embargo back in the spotlight


Cubans took to the streets to celebrate a new monument for national hero Camilo Cienfuegos. The portrait of Che Guevara in Havana’s Revolution Square’s been joined by another of his comrade-in arms. The ceremony was a chance to celebrate the past and the future – as the UN condemned America’s embargo against the country.

For the eighteenth time, the UN General Assembly has approved the resolution condemning the unjust and genocidal blockade imposed by the US government. Wednesday’s vote condemned the forty-seven year old trade embargo. Only two countries supported the US – Israel and the Pacific Island nation of Palau. Representatives from twenty-one countries spoke out against the embargo. It was hoped Obama’s presidency would end the countries’ frosty relations. The embargo adversely affects the everyday lives of all Cubans – men, women, children, the elderly. It affects all economic and social sectors. Industry in Cuba continues to suffer as the embargo makes it hard to keep equipment in good working order. Transport is just one of the areas that feels the effects of the American squeeze. There are locomotives that we haven’t been able to find parts for. We’ve looked within Cuba and through third countries. But we have to dismantle other trains to take their parts. Cuba will be a big issue for the EU, as trading partner Spain holds the Presidency next year.

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