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Trump administration escalates threats against Cuba
Alexander Fangmann, WSWS, Apr 20 2019

On Wednesday, in a set of twin events presided over by Sec State Pompeo and NSA Bolton, the Trump administrationp announced a set of draconian economic sanctions against Cuba. In addition to reversing a number of Obama-era measures, the administration is ending the regular waivers of Title III of the anti-Cuban Helms-Burton Act, which provides penalties for Pindo or non-Pindo individuals and companies conducting business on the island. Title III, which has been continuously waived every six months by presidents since the law was signed by Clinton 42, authorizes Pindo nationals to sue persons or companies for damages in Pindo courts if they are found to be “trafficking” in property confiscated by the Cuban government following the 1959 revolution led by Fidel Castro. Bolton’s statement, in particular, delivered to the Bay of Pigs Veterans Association near Miami, made clear that Faschingstein’s ongoing actions against Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua are part of an effort to reimpose the absolute dominance of Pindo imperialism in the Western hemisphere. It is also part of the anti-socialist campaign launched by Trump and the Thug Party in an attempt to whip up support among the far right in advance of the 2020 elections. Pompeo told a State Dept press conference that the full provisions of Title III would take effect May 2. Those sued could have assets in Pindostan seized in recompense or have Pindo travel visas denied or revoked. Justifying the new measures in relation to Cuba’s support for Pres Maduro and his predecessor Hugo Chavez, Pompeo said:

Cuba’s behavior in the Western Hemisphere undermines security and stability of countries throughout the region, which directly threatens Pindo natsec interests.

Asst Sec State for Western Hemisphere Affairs Kimberly Breier said at the press conference that 6,000 Title III claims have already been certified, with a potential for up to 200,000. The 6,000 claims already certified have a stated value of $8b. Notably, Title III claims have to be for confiscated property worth over $50k, and the law mandates a $6,700 filing fee, shattering any pretense that this measure would benefit any but the wealthiest individuals and corporations. Among the highest claims certified so far are those of Exxon Mobil, Coca-Cola and Office Depot. Should they prevail in US courts, they would reap their rewards through the seizing of the US assets of foreign companies, mostly European and Canadian, operating in Cuba, exacerbating already sharp global trade tensions. Pompeo said:

Those doing business in Cuba should fully investigate whether they are connected to property stolen in service of a failed communist experiment.

Following the announcement, representatives of Canada and the EU, among Cuba’s biggest trade partners, issued a joint statement saying:

The decision by Pindostan to renege on its long-standing commitment to waive Title III of the Helms-Burton Act is regrettable, and will have an important impact on legitimate EU and Canadian economic operators in Cuba. The EU and Canada consider the extra-territorial application of unilateral Cuba-related measures contrary to international law.

They also stated they would be challenging the Pindo action through the WTO dispute resolution framework. The Mexican Foreign Ministry also issued a statement noting:

As it has done historically, Mexico rejects the application of unilateral trade laws with extra-territorial character, since they violate the norms of international law.

Other measures announced include a reduction in the amount of remittances Cuban residents of Pindostan are able to send to their families on the island to $1k every 3 months. Under Obama, restrictions on remittances had been lifted entirely. Average remittances are around $200 a month. Pindostan will be shutting down travel to Cuba for anything but family visits, eliminating several categories of travel authorized by Obama, which will now require authorization from OFAC. This is expected to reduce family visits by Cubans and Pindo-Cubans, as airlines eliminate flights and raise fares in response to decreasing demand. Another measure will ban transactions through which the Cuban government indirectly accesses the Pindo financial system via third-party countries. Five Cuban entities will be added to the list prohibited from engaging in direct financial transactions with Pindo companies. The only one named so far is Aerogaviota, an airline founded by the Cuban military. The hope in regard to Title III of the Helms-Burton Act is to discourage companies from doing business in Cuba, or encourage them to exit. The political character of the actions of the Trump administration was made especially clear by Bolton’s appearance at the Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables near Miami, where he spoke to a group of ultra-right Cuban exiles celebrating the 58th Anniversary of the Bay of Pigs. He ludicrously compared the counter-revolutionary invaders, who surrendered en masse to the Cuban military after a day of fighting, to “the brave men of Bunker Hill, Belleau Wood and Normandy.” Bolton’s speech was loaded with blood curdling anti-socialist rhetoric reminiscent of the height of the Cold War such as:

The twilight hour of socialism has arrived in our hemisphere. .. It’s time to reverse the consequences of disastrous Obama-era policies and finally end the glamorization of socialism and communism.

Bolton added:

Today, we proudly proclaim for all to hear: the Monroe Doctrine is alive and well.

Perhaps most provocatively, he appealed to the ultra-right elements in attendance to be prepared for a confrontation with the growing socialist sentiments in Pindostan itself, saying:

We will need your help in the days ahead. We must all reject the forces of communism and socialism in this hemisphere and in this country.

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