- Created: Friday, 19 April 2019 09:38
- Written by FRFI
UPDATE: On 17 April, US National Security Advisor John Bolton announced in a speech in Miami that the suspension on Title III of the Helms-Burton Act would be fully lifted, a dramatic expansion of the US's illegal blockade. This will allow US nationals to sue foreign companies that do business with Cuba. Bolton also announced: individuals who 'traffic' in property that was nationalised by Cuba will not be issued visas to travel to the US; all travel to Cuba from the US will be restricted only to those visiting their immediate family; and limits on remittances (money sent by individuals in the US to their families in Cuba) will be tightened from $1,000 per month to $1,000 per three months. These policies will not only put greater pressure on the Cuban economy, but due to their illegal extraterritorial nature, they will increase tensions between the US and Cuba's trading partners including Canada and the EU. The Revolutionary Communist Group stands in solidarity with the people of Cuba in the face of this aggression. More news and analysis of Cuba's resistance to US imperialism will appear in the next issue of Fight Racism! Fight Imperialism! as we report on our 14th solidarity brigade to Cuba which visited the country in April 2019.
As of 19 March, Title III of the Helms-Burton Act has been partially implemented, allowing United States (US) citizens to file lawsuits before US Federal Courts against over 200 Cuban companies included on the List of Restricted Entities set out by the US government in 2017. Since 1996, Title III has always been fully suspended for six-month periods by every US President, including Trump in 2017 and 2018. This practice of suspension was started by President Bill Clinton as a compromise when the Act was first introduced, due to heavy opposition from some of the US’s closest allies; it is a formality that Trump has been able to easily jettison. This is just part of US imperialism’s increasing efforts to unleash reactionary forces against Latin America’s progressive and socialist governments. Billy Rapley reports.