Pueden firmar Carta Abierta AQUÍ. Publican carta abierta en contra de la apertura del Presidente Barack Obama a la tiranía de los Castro en Cuba
President Barack Obama’s New Cuba Policy is a big win for the repressive Communist regime in Cuba and for the Castro brothers who still rule the island. The regime, faced with the possible loss of its Venezuelan financial lifeline, will receive, under the President’s policy, a major U.S. diplomatic and economic boost.
This without having to take any credible steps to democratize the country or to give up its outrageous demands, including the return of the U.S. Naval Base of Guantanamo and compensation for the alleged multibillion dollar losses incurred by Cuba as a result of the U.S. embargo.
This is a one-sided policy, which circumvents the 1996 LIBERTAD Act and other statutes, ignores the views and sacrifices of the Cuban dissident movement, puts U.S. security at risk, and further erodes America’s reputation as a champion of human rights and freedom.
• NORMALIZING U.S. RELATIONS WITH CUBA, under current conditions, will embolden the Castro regime to continue intensifying repression. Several dozen political prisoners were recently released, but 8,889 peaceful dissidents were arrested and rearrested in 2014—close to 40% more than in 2013.
• REMOVING CUBA FROM THE LIST OF TERRORIST STATES will reward the Castro regime for smuggling 240 tons of heavy weapons to North Korea, training and equipping Venezuela’s repressive forces, offering Russia’s Putin an espionage listening post in Cuba, and harboring dozens of fugitive terrorists and criminals, including one of the FBI’s Top Ten Most Wanted Terrorists, Assata Shakur. Cuba is the only “state-sponsored of terrorism” nation to openly harbor a fugitive on the most-wanted terrorist list.
• INCREASING U.S. TRAVEL TO CUBA UNDER THE CASTRO-MANIPULATED PEOPLE-TO-PEOPLE PROGRAM will benefit the military, which owns all of Cuba’s hotels and tourist infrastructure.
• SHIPPING TELECOMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGY AND HARDWARE TO CUBA, without assurances of affordable public internet access and an end to censorship, will help tighten the government’s control of information available to Cubans.
• OPENING ACCOUNTS IN CASH-STRAPPED CUBAN GOVERNMENT BANKS will expose U.S. capital to the same politicized financial institutions that froze $1 billion of foreign deposits in 2009.
• GRANTING EXPORT CREDITS TO THE CASTRO REGIME, which has reneged on its international debts and is now virtually insolvent, will pose inordinate risks to U.S. taxpayers, who ultimately will shoulder any losses.
• LIFTING THE U.S. EMBARGO, as requested by the President to Congress, will channel the dollars of American tourists and investors to Cuban government enterprises, which control the economy, assign Cuban workers to foreign companies, and keep 92 cents of each dollar of every worker’s salary.
We urge Congress to oppose unilateral concessions that bail out the failed and oppressive Castro regime. Unless and until fundamental human rights are respected in Cuba and a path to freedom is clearly charted in accordance with the LIBERTAD Act of 1996, the U.S. should ramp up economic pressure on the dictatorship and increase support for the pro-democracy dissident movement.
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Open letter to Congress opposes Obama's new Cuba policy
Former Diplomats, University Professors, Representatives of Cuba’s Democratic Opposition on the Island and in Exile, and Former Corporate Leaders Write to Congress on President Obama’s New Cuba Policy.
Fifty-eight former diplomats, university professors, leaders of Cuba's democratic opposition on the island and in exile, and former corporate leaders wrote an open letter to Congress objecting to President Obama's efforts to remove the Castros’ regime from the State Department list of governments supportive of terrorism.
The letter: “The New Cuba Policy: Breakthrough or Bailout?,” was distributed on Capitol Hill today and says that “increasing U.S. travel to Cuba under the Castro-manipulated people-to-people program will benefit the military which owns all of Cuba’s hotels and tourist infrastructure.”
Among those signing the appeal to Congress are Paula Dobriansky, former Undersecretary of State for Democracy and Global Affairs, James Cason, former U.S. Ambassador to Paraguay and former Chief of Mission at the U.S. Interests Section in Havana, Cuba, Ambassador Phillip Hughes, former Executive Secretary, National Security Council and former U.S. Ambassador to the Eastern Caribbean, Everett Ellis Briggs, former U.S. Ambassador to Honduras, Panama, and Portugal and former President of the Council of the Americas and Americas Society, and former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton.
“Removing Cuba from the list of terrorist states will reward the Castro regime for smuggling 240 tons of heavy weapons to North Korea, training and equipping Venezuela’s repressive forces, offering Russia’s Putin an espionage listening post in Cuba, and harboring dozens of fugitive terrorists and criminals, including one of the FBI’s Top Ten Most Wanted Terrorists, Assata Shakur,” they said. They added that “Cuba is the only “state-sponsored of terrorism” nation to openly harbor a fugitive on the most-wanted terrorist list.”
The corporate community was represented by: Emilio Alvarez-Recio, former Vicepresident Worldwide Advertising of Colgate-Palmolive, Néstor T. Carbonell, former Vicepresident for International Government Affairs of Pepsico, Ruben Rodriguez-Wallin, former Chairman and CEO of Bacardi, and Alberto Luzarraga, former Chairman of Continental Bank International.
Also signing were Michael Gonzalez, Senior Fellow, The Heritage Foundation, former U.S. Senator Mel Martinez, Robert O’Brien, Treasurer, Center for a Free Cuba, and José Sorzano, former Deputy U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations.
Two of the signatories: Miriam and Mario de la Peña are parents of Mario M. de la Peña, one of four pilots murdered by Cuban warplanes in international airspace in 1996." "One of the spies exchanged by President Obama was serving a life sentence for his role in those murders," the letter says. General Raul Castro, then Cuba's Minister of the Armed Forces" ordered the murders and later awarded medals to the officers who pulled the trigger."
The project to raise this issue with the Congress honors the “memory of Manuel Jorge Cutillas and his lifelong dedication to the cause of freedom in Cuba."
Following is the full text of the letter to the Congress including signatories. The signatories have signed this letter in their personal capacities; they do not reflect the views of their company, organization or university, current or past. Center for Free Cuba is a 501-c3 organization according to the Internal Revenue Service. The Center neither supports nor opposes any legislation before Congress. If you would like to add your name then sign here.
El Centro para Cuba Libre publicó un anuncio hoy en el Washington Post. En ese anuncio se incluyó una nota que dice “este anuncio es en honor a la memoria de Manuel Jorge Cutillas y su dedicación de toda una vida a la libertad en Cuba.” En el anuncio publicado en el Washington Post de hoy no aparece como una de los firmantes Rosa María Payá Acevedo.
Lamentablemente una pueba del anuncio circuló por la red anoche. En esa prueba no aparecía la referencia al Sr. Cutillas y si aparecía por un error de comunicación el nombre de Rosa María.
Lamentamos el error, aunque el Centro no puso en la red la prueba en cuestion, y le damos excusas a Rosa María por lo sucedido.
Entre tanto, hemos recibido comunicaciones de diplomáticos, profesores universitarios,y líderes del mundo corporativo que habiendo firmado el anuncio se han comunicado para felicitar al Centro por esta iniciativa.