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Russia Sides with Cuban Dictatorship, Calls Trump’s Policy Reversal “Cold War Rhetoric”

By: Karina Martín - Jun 19, 2017, 2:20 pm
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“The new policy on Cuba announced by US President Donald Trump leads us to a forgotten Cold War-style rhetoric,” a Foreign Ministry statement read on Sunday, June 18.(Twitter)

EspañolRussia has expressed its “unyielding solidarity” with Cuba following US President Donald Trump’s announcement that he would be reversing many Obama-era policies intended to thaw relations with the island.

Russia’s Foreign Ministry didn’t wait long to pounce on an apparent opportunity to gain favor over the United States after Trump’s speech last week in Florida, which officials in the Kremlin called “haughty” and likened to “almost forgotten Cold War rhetoric.”

“The new policy on Cuba announced by US President Donald Trump leads us to a forgotten Cold War-style rhetoric,” a Foreign Ministry statement read on Sunday, June 18.

 

“When the previous Washington administration introduced substantive changes to its policy toward the island, we believed, not without foundation, that they were not so much a manifestation of goodwill as a reflection of the failure of a policy of dictation and sanctions,” the Russian government said, before reaffirming its “unwavering” solidarity with Cuba.

The Trump administration announced it is planning to hold President Raúl Castro’s notoriously repressive regime to higher human rights standards before allowing further dialogue regarding opening the island to normalized US relations. Trump said in his speech that he wants the island to hold free and open elections, as well as release political prisoners.

Additionally, he said he plans to restrict American travel to the island, and freeze transactions with Cuban military forces. He will not be restoring the “wet foot dry foot” policy revoked by Obama, however, which allowed Cuban refugees successfully reaching American soil to remain in the country.

Source: Cubamet; Cibercuba; HispanTV.

Karina Martín Karina Martín

Karina Martín is a Venezuelan reporter with the PanAm Post based in Valencia. She holds a bachelor's degree in Modern Languages from the Arturo Michelena University.

Mexico’s Opposition Parties Request International Oversight of 2018 Presidential Election after Controversial Regional Races

By: Elena Toledo - @NenaToledo - Jun 19, 2017, 11:31 am
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EspañolSome parties with candidates in Mexico's 2018 presidential election want objective, international oversight of the electoral process, and have turned to the Organization of American States in hopes of getting it. President of Mexico's National Action Party (PAN) Ricardo Anaya and leader of the Social Democratic Party met this Sunday with OAS Secretary General Luis Almagro to request that the organization observe the 2018 presidential election. Anaya expressed concern over "undemocratic practices" that were observed in the recent gubernatorial elections in the state of Coahuila — during which officials questioned the legitimacy of the incumbent Institutional Revolutionary Party's win — and claimed something similar could take place nationwide come 2018. googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-1459522593195-0'); });   The multiple serious irregularities that allegedly occurred during the electoral process in Coahuila also contributed to PAN's decision to request OAS oversight. A space for dialogue was reportedly agreed upon in order to inform the organization about how the situation could be dealt with. National leadership for the Social Democrats asked Almagro to issue a statement about violence in Mexico — another driving factor in its decision to request international oversight. The party reportedly feels that the country's violence could threaten voters' constitutional rights. https://twitter.com/Ale_BarralesM/status/876581524312915968 Tweet: Today we hosted OAS Seceretary General Almagro, we addressed issues on the OAS assembly and Human Rights. Like PAN, the Social Democrats also asked the organization to observe the next presidential elections in order to "prevent a state election that manipulates the popular will, as happened in the State of Mexico." The party has had doubts about the three-point advantage PRI candidate Alfredo del Mazo holds over Delfina Gomez, of the leftist party Morena. Read More: The Mexican President’s Cheap Talk on Human Rights of Central American Immigrant Read More: Mexico’s Left-Wing Morena Party Fined for Holding Unauthorized Campaign Events In order to prevent electoral manipulation, the party asked the OAS "to set up observer missions throughout the electoral process, and not just on election day, so as to avoid practices that condition voting." Source: El Universal

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