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And the blockade continues..

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Post 25 Aug 2011, 18:19
Granma wrote:
U.S. fines French shipping company for services to Cuba
August 18, 2011

WASHINGTON.—The United States has fined the French shipping company CMA CGM $374,400 for providing services to Cuba, according to the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC).

This office, part of the U.S. Treasury Department and responsible for imposing the fine, accused the French company of violating U.S. regulations on Cuba.

This company ranks third at the international level for container transportation, and the measure implemented is further evidence of Washington’s economic blockade of the island, whose effects are in excess of $751 billion.

According to the OFAC note, the U.S. government sued the CMA CGM subsidiary based in Norfolk, Virginia after it accepted payment for facilitating cargo services to Cuba. The firm also faces violating Treasury Department regulations in relation to Iran and Sudan.

In its note, OFAC mentions that some of the merchandise shipped to Cuba and Iran could be classified as agricultural products and medicaments. (PL)


And the blockade continues..
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Post 26 Aug 2011, 00:14
At least, in addition to providing yet another example of the US imposing laws on persons outside its jurisdiction, this clearly shows that there are major companies, such as CMA CGM, who were willing to challenge the blockade
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Post 26 Aug 2011, 17:37
Here is another positive though from the UK's Cuba Solidarity Campaign Website from last month;

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"UK government signs formal cooperation agreement with Cuba
06 July 2011

On Tuesday 5 July 2011, the UK and Cuba signed a formal declaration to strengthen bilateral cooperation between the two countries.

CSC Director, Rob Miller welcomed the declaration saying:

“CSC has been campaigning vigorously on this issue for many of years through lobbying campaigns of MPs and ministers, Early Day Motions in parliament, and ministerial delegations, all calling for the UK to break from the 'EU Common Position' which has imposed restrictions on relations between EU member states since 1996. CSC and affiliated Trade Unions have consistently called for a policy based on respect for Cuba's sovereignty and independence. We believe that this declaration is a significant first step in this direction.

"CSC hopes that this will signal the beginning of the development of bilateral exchanges in the fields of scientific, educational and cultural links. Most importantly we hope that there will be a real effort to explore and facilitate economic exchange between the two nations. Present trade levels are paltry in comparison to many other Europeann countries and it is in the interests of the people of both the UK and Cuba to see this change for the better.

"The signing of this agreement should be another nail in the coffin of the unjust and discredited 'EU Common Position' which has so hampered the development of relations between our two countries. Now that the UK has, along with many other EU nations, signed forward looking cooperation agreements, we very much hope that this will see a new and better era of relations to the mutual benefit of the people of Cuba and the UK"

A press release from the British Embassy dated 5 July read:

“The UK and Cuba today signed a declaration to strengthen bilateral cooperation. It was signed by British ambassador Dianna Melrose and Cuban Vice Minister Dagoberto Rodríguez.

“Commenting on the declaration, the British ambassador said:

“this declaration formalises bilateral cooperation between the UK and Cuba. It is an important step and part of the British government’s renewed focus on Latin America. With the declaration in place, we look forward to enhanced engagement, deeper dialogue and the opportunity to cooperate more in priority areas including climate change, human rights, trade, investment and counternarcotics.”

Baroness Angela Smith, Chair of the All Party Group on Cuba, and Vice Chair of CSC, stated on behalf of the Campaign: "This bilateral cooperation agreement is an excellent first step in the long overdue development of better UK-Cuba relations. The people of our two countries have so much in common and so much to learn from each other that any moves to better relations based on mutual respect and understanding must be applauded. I very much hope that we can now begin to see real practical steps to increase levels of trade and exchange."

CSC would like to thank all of the members, supporters, trade union affiliates and MPs who have worked with us over the years to pressure the British government to change its policy on Cuba. We are committed to continue working with them both in the UK and Europe until relations are completely normalised and Cuba is fully welcomed with respect as a sovereign and equal state."


Article available at http://www.cuba-solidarity.org/news.asp?ItemID=2032
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Post 26 Aug 2011, 18:17
Does PRC or India or some other important country respect this terrorist Blockade or do they simply ignore it and trade with Cuba?
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Post 27 Aug 2011, 11:37
Loz wrote:
Does PRC or India or some other important country respect this terrorist Blockade or do they simply ignore it and trade with Cuba?


Not sure on India, but China definitely doesn't listen to the Blockade. They have several joint ventures with Cuba, helping to develop oil...surprisingly, when I was there, the oil plants we drove past flew 3 flags for the 3 countries that owned the plant...Cuba, China...and...Canada...I was a bit taken back...but yeah...Canada is involved as well...
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