The video provided by the Cuban Embassy in Washington, showing last Sunday’s attack, shows someone sitting at night near the gate of the diplomatic mission and very calmly taking out two Molotov cocktails, preparing them, lighting them, and throwing two Molotov cocktails into the building. Some cars pass by and even a passerby meets the attacker. All this next to an embassy that had already been attacked three years ago and represents a country that has been in intense political and diplomatic conflict with the United States of America for more than fifty years. Which, for this reason, must have a special monitoring and protection service.
He’s right Therefore, Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez denounced that “anti-Cuban groups resort to terrorism because they believe they enjoy impunity” by the American authorities. Likewise, President Miguel Díaz-Canel stressed that these groups “should be placed on the American blacklist of those who favor terrorism, not Cuba.”
The ease with which the attack was carried out was surprising (and outrageous). Not times and methods. Last week, Bloomberg wrote that the Biden administration will prepare a completely extraordinary measure to support Cuban private entrepreneurs (so far nearly 9,000 small and medium-sized private companies have been licensed on the island). It was possible for them to open current accounts in American banks and use them for import and export operations.
This would be a historic change in strategy. In essence, the United States will support the formation and consolidation of the Cuban middle class as the basis of a potential future base for opposition to the socialist government.
A few days later, a meeting was also held in Miami – “unprecedented, historic and a harbinger of hope,” as he put it. On Cuba news, funded by Cuban-American businessman Hugo Cancio – among 70 young Cuban entrepreneurs and their Cuban-American colleagues, supported by experts and US government officials. The goal of the two-day initiative was to explore the possibility of direct investments and partnerships with American entrepreneurs (primarily of Cuban origin) in what is known in Cuba as MpymesAnd private micro, small and medium enterprises.
From the North American side Among those present were Cancio, who already works in Cuba with Catapolic and mainly exports food to the island (but is also preparing to sell cars), Carlos Saladrigas (sugar), known for his activism against the US embargo on Cuba, and Mike Fernandez (health). section). The latter is specified Mpymes As “the beginning of something tremendous that could change the country (Cuba, Mr. DrSaladrigas stressed that “cooperation between Cuban businessmen (from both sides of the Florida Gulf, Mr. Dr) is the future.”
State Department representative Zach Haass was much more circumspect, emphasizing President Biden’s intention to support Cuban entrepreneurs, but with extreme caution. Mainly after verifying that it is truly private sector and not people “connected with the system”. In fact, it was confirmed that sanctions imposed on Cuban government officials remain in place, and that the President still does not intend to remove Cuba from the list of countries that support terrorism.
Also the president Diaz-Canel, who was in New York to attend the UN General Assembly last week, has made contact with American businessmen who oppose the embargo, and who have put pressure on the Cuban government to be open to potential direct investment from the United States. The reaction of the President and First Secretary of the Cuban Communist Party was decidedly lukewarm.
This is not surprising. In fact, there are no Cuban government regulations that allow private companies on the island to establish direct relationships with American companies. It seems that reform is very difficult. Much of the CCP leadership believes (with good reason) that it will be a matter of letting the capitalist Trojan horse into the Cuban socialist citadel. Other leaders are instead considering reforms that allow the market to be injected into the socialist and nationalized economy.
Instead, ongoing initiatives to ease sanctions on Cuba face opposition from anti-Castro groups in Florida, which, Rodriguez said, have only one method: violence.
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