22 March 2017 ~ 7 Comentarios

Open letter to President Donald Trump

By Manuel Castro Rodriguez

U. S. President Donald Trump, I am a Cuban exile. The rest of my life I will be grateful to the United States for it has literally saved my life, because I am a human rights activist thatdenounce to the communist regime that continues to deny freedom to the Cuban people.

Fidel Castro died, but the repressive nature of Castroism remains unchanged. Less than a month ago, on February 24, 2017, political prisoner Hamel Santiago Maz Hernández died in the great prison of Havana, known as Combinado del Este. He languished in prison since June 3, 2016, that is, more than 8 months without being subjected to “trial”. Maz Hernández was accused of “contempt” (disrespect to any government official).
National Coordinator of the Christian Liberation Movement Eduardo Cardet has been sentenced to three years in prison, by the court that tried him on March 3, 2017.
The Cuban Commission for Human Rights and National Reconciliation (CCHRNR) an independent human rights group that the government views as illegal has documented nearly nineteen thousand arbitrary detentions of peaceful dissidents in Cuba, since December 17, 2014, when President Obama announced plans to normalize diplomatic relations with the Castro’s dictatorship. This represents the highest number of political arrests in decades. And these are only political arrests that have been thoroughly documented. Many more are suspected.
I believe that a thoughtful analysis of the Cuban situation and of the true nature of the Castro’s dictatorship is necessary, but this is not the best time to do it. In the last 58 years, almost one hundred thousand Cubans have died victims of Castroism. It is the horrific legacy of the dictatorship implanted by Fidel and Raúl Castro in 1959. In short, Castroism is Stalinism light.
In October 1917, the Bolshevik Revolution gave birth to the deadliest regime type in history: communism. In 100 years, communism has caused that more than 100 million have died in four continents.
There are really only two communist countries left, Cuba and North Korea, whose people are starving and living in misery. We must recognize these regimes by their words and deeds. Havana and Pyongyang continue being enemies of the U. S. and a threat to American national security. Cuba is the most consistent ally of North Korea. I invite to you to read The North Korea-Cuba Connection,
Havana’s continued cooperation with Pyongyang is an alarming blow to the normalization process… On May 24, 2016, the Korea Times reported that senior officials from North Korea’s governing Workers’ Party of Korea (WPK) and the Communist Party of Cuba held talks on strengthening ties between Pyongyang and Havana… North Korea’s close ties to Cuba can be explained by a shared normative solidarity against American values and perceived American imperialism. This ideological bond is formed out of historical experience and has occasionally manifested itself in symbolically significant shipments of arms and manufactured goods. These trade linkages persist to this day, despite tightened UN sanctions and strides towards a less confrontational U.S.-Cuba relationship.
Between December 10 and December 12, 2013 two days after Obama’s handshake with Raúl Castro at Nelson Mandela’s memorial service , the Cuban dictator cracks down on dissidents. In December, 2013, were documented 1.123 arbitrary detentions of peaceful dissidents by the Castro regime. Between December 2013 and November 2014 increased repression: The CCHRNR documented 9.583 arbitrary detentions of peaceful dissidents by the Castro regime.
Although the military regime increased the repression, on December 17, 2014, President Obama announced that the United States would ease decades-old restrictions on travel and commerce, and normalize diplomatic relations with the Castro’s dictatorship.
With the Obama-Raúl Castro handshake at the Summit of the Americas in Panama on April 11, 2015, President Obama legitimized Castro’s illegitimate rule, although he knew that the 2001Inter-American Democratic Charter and the Declaration of Quebec City explicitly state that non-democratic states can not participate in the Summit of the Americas. This action of the Obama Administration was against the democratic principles.
In the history of this continent, April 11, 2015 was a day that divided before from after. It’s clear that the Obama Administration policy was the antithesis of the Carter Administration Policy,who emphasised human rights diplomacy in dealing with Latin America. Carters foreign policy centered around promise to make human rights a central concern in the United States relations with other countries. He suspended economic and military aid to Chile, El Salvador and Nicaragua in protest of those regimes human rights abuses.
President Trump, during the Florida GOP primary, Miami-Dade was the only county in the state that you didnt win. Although you won state wide with 45.7% of the vote, Miami-Dade Republicans gave you an unimpressive 22.5%. After, as presidential candidate, on September 16, 2016 while you were campaigning in Miami , you said,
all of the concessions that Barack Obama has granted the Castro regime were done with executive order, which means the next president can reverse them. And that is what I will do unless the Castro regime meets our demands.
On October 12, 2016 while you were campaigning in Florida , you promised, “Will reverse Obama’s Executive Orders and concessions towards Cuba until freedoms are restored.”
On October 25, 2016 — only two weeks away from elections and with Florida slipping away from his electoral grasp — you received the endorsement of the Veterans Association of the Bay of Pigs — that took place in the Little Havana section of Miami at the Bay of Pigs Museum, a site that memorializes the sacrifices of the Cuban resistance. The endorsement marks the first timethat this organization has ever endorsed a presidential candidate in its 55-years history. You said when receiving the endorsement,
To be endorsed by such a distinguished organization as yours is humbling and I can’t thank you enough… I know we share the same ideals. A foreign policy that will promote freedom and true democratic change in Cuba.
President Trump, it is undeniable that your rhetoric with respect to Cuba helped you significantly: More than half of Cuban-American voters in Florida chose you on November 8, 2016. They hope that you will be a stronger advocate for human rights in Cuba than the president Obama was. Nevertheless, two weeks ago, on March 8, I sent you an email where I tell you,
U. S. President Donald Trump, I invite to you to read ‘Report on Political Repression in Cuba’. CUBA: SOME ACTS OF POLITICAL REPRESSION IN FEBRUARY 2017.
Please, see the attached file if you want to know more about how the Cuban dictatorship has increased political repression.
It is important to remember that when President Obama began opening up to Cuba’s Castro — that is the main sanctuary of terrorists in the Western Hemisphere and a threat to U.S. national security —, he relied on executive orders that did not require the blessing of Congress.
President Trump, you vowed that would reverse Obama’s executive orders on Cuba. You said, according to CNN,
But all of the concessions that Barack Obama has granted the Castro regime were done with executive order, which means the next president can reverse them. And that is what I will do unless the Castro regime meets our demands
President Trump, although you have signed almost two tens executive orders you have forgotten your promise to reverse the openings to Cuba’s Castro made by President Barack Obama.
You can rescind them without much trouble. So, what do you want your audience to think about their unfulfilled promise? Just remember to read this report carefully. Check how Castroism has increased repression. No consequences, no problem. It’s a green-light for impunity.
I’m writing two months after of your arrival to the White House. I’m negatively surprised with your silence, although the repression on Cuba is dramatically rising. Silence is what the regime needs.
I don’t understand that you and your administration keep silent about repression in Cuba. Even less can I understand it when you have had time to express several times about the situation in Venezuela. For example, your administration has imposed sanctions on Venezuela’s Vice President after accusing him of being a major drug trafficker. Don’t you know that the Venezuelan regime is a puppet controlled by the Castroism? President Trump, why do you keep silent about repression in Cuba?
One of the reasons that President Obama cited for opening Castro’s Cuba was to empower to the Cuban people, but the only beneficiaries have being the members of the Castro family clan.The Obama Administration legitimized the Castro dictatorship, and his concessions will help to Raúl Castro to perpetuate his family on power. For example, Raúl’s son, Col. Alejandro Castro Espín; and his son-in-law, Gen. Luis Alberto Rodríguez López-Callejas he heads GAESA, the holding company that controls almost all of the Cuban economy. As Bloomberg said, “Want to do business with Cuba? Prepare to partner with the general.”
According to 2016 Republican Party Platform,
The current Administration’s “opening to Cuba” was a shameful accommodation to the demands of its tyrants. It will only strengthen their military dictatorship.
Nevertheless, a your ally, Senator Thad Cochran, is a co-sponsor in the Senate of a bill providing for the Expansion of Agricultural Exports to Castro’s Cuba. Senator Cochran traveled to Cuba exactly a month after of your arrival to the White House. The regime of Havana intensifies the repression, while the senator Cochran meets with the serial killer Raúl Castro and talk about topics concerning the “common interests of both countries.”
The communist oppression continues in Cuba and the prospects for positive change in my homeland look very bleak, because what is being planned is a transfer of power to Raúl Castro’s son and his son-in-law.
Next week I will explain how Cuba’s Castro continues being the main Western enemy of the American people.
Thanking you in advance for your attention,
Manuel Castro-Rodríguez

7 Responses to “Open letter to President Donald Trump”

  1. carlos 22 March 2017 at 3:39 pm Permalink

    En mi opinión una buena parte de todo cuanto dice es cierto 100%…Pero me hubiera gustado que la carta abierta se la hubiera mandado al señor Raúl Castro. Porque para algunos cubanos independentistas de pura cepa, descendientes de nuestros próceres mambises, pudieran interpretar su carta como un documento tendencioso, proclive a la intromisión de un gobierno extranjero en los asuntos internos de nuestro país. Muchas veces se ha dicho y con toda razón, que los problemas de Cuba deben resolverlos los cubanos, TODOS los cubanos amantes de su país, dondequiera que se encuentren.Muchas gracias por permitirme opinar en este medio de franca democracia. Viva la libertad, abajo la dictadura.

  2. Philip Riggio 22 March 2017 at 8:51 pm Permalink

    LOS “IRES”
    Que el patriotismo ampare al pueblo desarmado, empobrecido, temeroso y humillado un chance quitándole al Partido comunista cubano o su monopolio de armas (“ir a Rusia”: debió emprenderse hace 25) o el de divisas (“ir a DC y NY”: debió emprenderse hace 58)…o ambos. Batista empezó a empacar cuando Ike le paró las armas; la URSS comunista cayó hace 25 llevada a la quiebra por el rearme Reagan: lecciones de la historia; por lo tanto, liberar el país el patriotismo desarmando a su opresor, o llevándolo a la quiebra…o ambos. Entre 12 millones de cubanos debe haber (y debe haber habido) algunos capacitados para emprender el empeño antes que se echen más décadas a perder.

  3. Philip Riggio 22 March 2017 at 8:58 pm Permalink

    Agrego que esos mismos dos “ires” aplican a Venezuela, donde ambos debieron emprenderse hace 17.

  4. Manuel 23 March 2017 at 6:47 am Permalink

    finally in Cuba, only fifty years later:

    ‘When I’m 64’: Beatlemania blooms belatedly in Cuba – Brief

  5. Amarillys Taylor 24 March 2017 at 7:45 pm Permalink

    El Sr. Manuel Castro tiene toda la razón al analizar como una verddera bofetada a los cubanos víctimas de estos dictadores el hecho que Obama,burlándose de la democracia y la libertad ha tratado de legitimmizar este horrible régimen que mantiene prisioneros y bajo el yugo a millones de cubanos,
    El comercio no es lo mas importante y el presidente Trump debe retirarse de este pantano de ignominia en que ha sumido a miles de víctimas el impostor musulmán Obama.

  6. hector L Ordonez. 25 March 2017 at 11:38 pm Permalink

    De verdad alguien cree,que Trump hara algo por la libertad de Cuba? cuando el mismo Trumo trato de violar el embargo queriendo poner un Casino en la Habana y otro por la zona de Varadero,Obama no fue el unico que trato de abrir comercio con Cuba,eso paso desde Kennedy y hasta por el mismo reagan en el 84,la Historia es bien larga,y si Estados Unidos no abre relaciones con Cuba,lo haran muchos otros paises mas,que no tienen la presion de una comunidad,que niega todo tipo de relaciones con el gobierno de Cuba
    como por ejemplo china,Rusia y otros muchos mas,esos espacios lo estan ocupando,esos paises que nombre y otros paises mas,mantener al Gobierno de Cuba aislado no reslovera la libertad de los cubanos
    lo unico que haria seria aumentar el sufrimiento de ese pueblo.

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