Cuba's Foreign Policy Website

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As victims of the half-century American blockade and an even longer history of abhorrent colonialism, Cuba is an internationally renown symbol of defiance. Cuba makes this symbology highly apparent in their official foreign relations website. With their struggle against the United States firmly ingrained into their history and fully extended into current affairs, it is unsurprising that a strong portion of Cuba’s foreign relations website outlines the detriments of American foreign policy. Contrasting this, they feature a number of statements, articles and reports illustrating their own foreign policy initiatives and the scintillating effect it has on the rest of the world. To complete this glossy profile of Cuba, they highlight the international support for general Cuban solidarity and facilitate communication between different pro-Cuba international activists. The dichotomy of Cuba as a righteous underdog looking out for the common good of the world and the United States as the hypocritical global hegemon is the crux of Cuba’s general foreign policy. Cuba’s Foreign Relations website effectively expresses their state foreign policy.

The major issues consuming the Cuban Foreign relations Ministry are illustrated in their 20 February 2010 press statement regarding the recent Cuba-United States discussions. In these talks the Cuban Delegation “…reiterated the essential issues to be addressed in an eventual dialogue process, aimed at improving relations: the lifting of the economic, commercial and financial blockade; the exclusion of Cuba from the spurious list of terrorist countries; abrogation of the Cuban Adjustment Act and the "wet-foot/dry-foot policy"; compensation for economic and human damages; the return of the territory occupied by the Guantánamo naval base; the end of anti-Cuba radio and television aggression from the United States, and an end to the financing of internal subversion.” In addition, the statement expresses that the Cuban delegation seeks the “…liberation of the five Cuban anti-terrorists” who are currently imprisoned in the United States. This laborious list of conditions set by Cuba for the United States is a strong indication of how significant a role the United States plays for the Cuban foreign relations ministry. Along with this comprehensive list, the United States is mentioned in ten out of eighteen press statements from the previous two years. This frequency again indicates how dominant the United States really is within Cuban foreign affairs.

As mentioned above, one of the political issues Cuba is combating is the American blockade on Cuba. Enacted partially in October 1960 and elevated to a full embargo in February 1962, the blockade prevents Americans from fully commercially, economically and financially interacting with Cuba. Initially established in response of the nationalization of American property holdings in Cuba and maintained throughout the Cold War because of Cuba’s close association with The Soviet Union, the embargo continues today as President Obama renewed it for another year on 2 September 2010. The major source of the continuing hostility in the United States towards Cuba in the post-Cold War era is Cuba’s immutable political system of state communism. In an address scheduled for 26 October 2010 to the United Nations General Assembly, Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez plans on pressuring the United States again – with the support of the 187 states who have voted in favour of lifting the blockade – to once and for all end the embargo. Cuba’s call to end the embargo is made very apparent as it permeates through a multitude of pages on their website.

In accord with their aim of a fairer and just world, they also present material referring to their participation in multilateral affairs. As a counter to the hegemonic power of the United States, their website loudly states Cuba’s activity in both the United Nations Disarmament and International...
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