[Marxism] Cuba-US relations: Embassies, Flags and Big Business

Celeste Murillo celeste.murillo at gmail.com
Thu Jul 2 14:10:42 MDT 2015


President Barack Obama confirmed on July 1 that the US will reopen its
embassy in Havana. This announcement came after the both Obama and Raul
Castro had confirmed US and Cuba would and restore full diplomatic
relations.
Secretary of State John Kerry will travel to Havana for the opening, and,
at the same time, Cuban officials affirmed the country will reopen its
embassy in Washington on July 20, 2015.

The presidents

Speaking at the Rose Garden, Obama declared that “A year ago, it might’ve
seemed impossible that the United States would once again be raising our
flag - the stars and stripes - over an embassy in Havana.”
Cuba’s president Raul Castro said in a formal letter, “Cuba is encouraged
by the intention of both countries to develop respectful and cooperative
relations between our two peoples and governments.”

The role of big business

As always, business interests are behind the scenes of these diplomatic
agreements. Even though eliminating the full embargo would require a vote
from Congress, many US corporations are pushing for the opening of business
opportunities in Cuba.
A few weeks ago, the launch of Engage Cuba, a bipartisan coalition,
financed by companies like Cargill, Procter & Gamble and Caterpillar, was
announced at a Washington pub. At the event was Roberta Jacobson, a top
diplomatic official from the administration who leads Obama’s negotiation
team with Cuba. Political talks may be hard and complicated, but businesses
are clearly in the fast lane.

Read Cuba: Times of a "thaw" with imperialism
​ http://leftvoice.org/Cuba-Times-of-a-thaw-with-imperialism?var_mode=calcul


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