On 1 July 2019, Cubans in the UK wrote to MP Karen Lee, Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Cuba, to demand that the British government oppose the implementation of Title III of the United State’s legislation, the Helms-Burton Act of 1996, which enables US courts to enact legal claims against third parties dealing with Cuban entities. This jeopardises all British interests in Cuba, and affects Cubans in Britain. Below we publish Lee’s response.
Karen Lee MP
House Of Common London, SW1A OAA
Dear Mr Acosta,
Thank you for your letter of 1st July regarding the US Blockade on Cuba.
The UK has long opposed the US embargo on Cuba and Karen shares your concerns about the US Administrations intensification of the blockade by ending the suspension on the Title Ill of the Helms-Burton Act on May 2nd 2019.
I am also aware that every president, Democrat and Republican, has waived this part of the Act on a six-monthly basis since it was passed in 1996. I am extremely concerned that the implementation of Title Ill represents an act of economic warfare in an attempt to worsen relations between the two countries.
Prior to the implementation of Title Ill, I raised my concerns with the International Trade Department and Foreign and Commonwealth Office. I specifically referenced the negative effect the legislation will have on thousands of European Companies who trade with Cuba and the restrictions it places on Cuba's export market.
I was reassured by the responding minister, Alan Duncan MP, who asserted that the government views the embargo's extraterritorial effects as illegal and that UK and EU businesses should not abide by it. The UK government has raised its concerns via the UK's Washington Embassy and the US's London Embassy, as well as in coordination with the European Union. The UK Government has committed to continuing to call on the US to reapply the waiver of Title Ill in accordance with the 1998 EU-US Memorandum of Understanding.
As Chair of the APPG on Cuba, I will continue to vigilantly monitor developments and actions taken by the UK and US governments. I work closely with the Cuban Embassy in London and the Cuba Solidarity Campaign and rest assured that I will continue to oppose the implementation of Title Ill and lobby the government to ensure the UK maintains its obligations under international law.
Please let me know if you would like to discuss any of these issues further.
CONFIRMED!!! ALEXANDER ABREU & HAVANA D’ PRIMERA - LIVE IN EDINBURGH
Havana D'Primera is a Cuban Timba band founded by Alexander Abreu in 2008. The band was founded by a collection of musicians from the Cuban music scene with totalling 17 members. Since their inception they have gone on to find international success. Bandleader and chief songwriter Abreu, a Latin Grammy Award-winning artist, has been noted for his highly sophisticated melodic voice and as a skilled instrumentalist who has made a career out of fusing rhythms across salsa, jazz, funk and Afro-Cuban.
Since their foundation the band have gone on to release four studio albums. Following the release of their debut album Haciendo Historia in 2011, their 2012 release Pasaporte was met with favourable reviews from the international press and was voted one of the top Latin alternative albums of the year by NPR listeners.
They followed the success of Pasaporte with La Vuelta al Mundo in 2015, which went on to benominated for 'Best Salsa Album' at the Latin Grammys in 2015. A live album, Haciendo Historia Live, arrived the following year before their most recent record Cantor del Pueblo in early 2018. Later that year the band received their second Latin Grammy nomination for 'Best Salsa Album’.
ALBUMS Haciendo Historia (2011) Passaporte (2013) La Vuelta al Mundo (2015) Cantor del Pueblo (2018)
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Thank you to everyone who donated via Cubanos en UK for those affected by the tornado that hit Havana on 27 January. A total of £660 was collected and has been transferred to the bank account set up by the Cuban government to receive donations from abroad. The Ministry of Foreign Trade and Investment, which is in charge of coordinating international aid, has confirmed receipt of the donation. They have replied to say: 'receive our deep gratitude for your solidarity gesture'.
Gracias a todas las personas que donaron a travez de Cubanos en UK a los dagnificados por el tornado que azoto la Habana el pasado 27 de enero. Se recaudo un total de £660 y el dinero ya ha sido transferido a la cuenta oficial habilitada por el gobierno cubano para recibir daciones desde el exterior. El Ministerio del Comercio Exterior y la Inversión Extranjera cual es el organismo encargado de coordinar la ayuda internacional ya ha confirmado el recibo de la donación y también envía un agradecimiento por el gesto de solidaridad ‘Reciban nuestro profundo agradecimiento por su solidario gesto’
Last January 27, Havana was hit by a powerful tornado rated F4 category. The tornado ripped through approximately 11.5 km in just 16 minutes, causing great destruction with winds of up to 322km/h.
So far 4 deaths have been reported, 195 injured, 12 seriously injured and 19 children have been hospitalized.
A total of 4,800 homes were affected, including 500 total collapses of houses and roofs. Also, 46 schools were damaged, as well as 21 nurseries, 2 sports centres, 2 student residences and a municipal council.
The maternity hospital of Diez de Octubre was also damaged, plus 4 polyclinics, a pharmacy and a nursing home.
Latin America Conference December 1st 2018 Congress House
Seminar C4. Panel: ‘Advancing equality in Latin America: Winning the struggle for women’s liberation’
The struggle for women's liberation in Latin America is an integral part of the struggle for socialism and self-determination. In Cuba, women have been at the forefront of 60 years of revolution, whilst in Venezuela the changes since 1998 have seen a women's ministry and women's development bank created, transforming the lives of millions. Meanwhile, right-wing, Trump-supported governments in countries such as Brazil and Argentina have intensified attacks on women's rights and position in the economy and society. Come to hear first hand accounts and find out more.
The Rt. Hon Sir Alan Duncan MP Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office King Charles Street London SW1A 2AH www.gov.uk/fco
Dear Sir Alan Duncan MP
Subject: Cubans in the UK demand an end to the US blockade.
Once again, on 31 October this year, the Republic of Cuba will present the resolution: Necessity of ending the economic, commercial and financial embargo imposed by the United States of America against Cuba to the United Nations’ General Assembly.
In 2017, the United States and Israel were the only countries to vote against the resolution, among the 193 UN member states. We thank the British government for voting against the US blockade that has caused countless economic and human damages for nearly 60 years – and we hope Britain continues to support the Cuban resolution.
Carta enviada a El Honorable Sir Alan Duncan, Ministro de Estado en la Oficina de Relaciones Exteriores y la Mancomunidad Británica.
29 October 2018
Estimado Sir Alan Duncan MP
Una vez mas el próximo 31 de octubre del presente ano, la República de Cuba presentara ante la Asamblea General de las Naciones Unidas el proyecto de resolución “Necesidad de poner fin al bloqueo económico, comercial y financiero impuesto por los Estados Unidos de América contra Cuba”.
En el año 2017, de los 193 países miembros de la ONU, sólo Estados Unidos e Israel votaron en contra. Agradecemos al gobierno Británico por votar contra bloqueo de EE.UU, que a causado innumerable daños económicos y humanos por casi 60 años, esperamos que el Reino Unido continúe apoyando la resolución presentado por Cuba.
Kenyan doctors have lost their appeal to the Employee and Labour Relations Court after attempting to block the deployment of Cuban doctors across Kenya.
Kenya first batch of cuban doctors arrive in the country
About 100 Cuban specialist doctors are in Kenya, following an agreement between the Cuban and Kenyan governments. The Kenyan doctors' union has opposed the hiring of foreign doctors, saying there are 171 local specialists without jobs.
The Kenyan government say they resorted to this move due to the doctors' protest in 2017 that lasted for over three months, which caused a massive crisis in a shortage of working doctors during that period.