HAVANA – Cuba’s propaganda machine has been working overtime in recent weeks to produce articles in the official press, campaigns on social networks and vehement demonstrations demanding that the U.S. end its embargo on the island, a policy it calls “obsolete” and “genocidal.”
Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez landed on Tuesday in New York with a more belligerent attitude than in the past to attend the UN General Assembly, where on Wednesday he intends to get the international community to vote on a resolution demanding that the embargo on the island be lifted after being in force since 1962.
Last year, the resolution that Cuba has presented to the UN every year since 1992 had the support of 121 countries, with only the U.S. and Israel voting against, something that will predictably happen again this Wednesday.
“Once again, Cuba and its people place their trust in the support of the international community in their legitimate demand to end the embargo,” an official noted posted on the Web site of the Cuban Foreign Ministry said.
Parallel to this initiative, the Cuban government has launched an intense campaign that seeks further support for its anti-embargo cause inside and outside the island at a time when the Caribbean nation has toughened its stance against the United States, despite the diplomatic thaw that began almost two years ago.
In recent weeks a stream of heated articles and editorials have appeared in the island’s official press denouncing the damage caused by the embargo and the U.S. attempts at intervention in the Caribbean nation, which they say continue despite the normalizing of relations.
“The embargo continues, with its endless damage... along with the deceptive maneuvers intended to separate the people from revolutionary institutionalism, to confuse them, disunite them and defeat them,” the latest editorial of the biweekly Bohemia magazine said.
In its special edition last Sunday, the country’s second most important daily, Juventud Rebelde, a publication of the Young Communists Union, said the U.S. embargo intends to “annihilate the humanistic example of the Revolution,” and to that end has attempted to “systematically wear the island down” by trying to isolate it and deny it material benefits.
At a recent press conference, Cuba’s Deputy Foreign Minister Abelardo Moreno said that as long as this policy continues, the island will call on the UN every year for a resolution condemning this “economic war” that violates international law.
According to the report “Cuba vs. Embargo” – the basis of the resolution to be presented Wednesday – the almost six decades of embargo on Cuba has meant for the island accumulated losses of $753.7 billion, or according to the price of gold, an amount that at today’s prices represents $125.9 million.
Last Oct. 14, U.S. President Barack Obama issued an ambitious executive order in which he declared irreversible the thaw with Cuba, while at the same time further easing economic sanctions of the embargo – two measures that have not satisfied all the island’s authorities.