The Economic War against Cuba: A Historical and Legal Perspective on the U.S. Blockade

The Economic War against Cuba: A Historical and Legal Perspective on the U.S. Blockade

The Economic War against Cuba: A Historical and Legal Perspective on the U.S. Blockade

The Economic War against Cuba: A Historical and Legal Perspective on the U.S. Blockade

Synopsis

It is impossible to fully understand Cuba today without also understanding the economic sanctions levied against it by the United States. For over fifty years, these sanctions have been upheld by every presidential administration, and at times intensified by individual presidents and acts of Congress. They are a key part of the U.S. government's ongoing campaign to undermine the Cuban Revolution, and stand in egregious violation of international law. Most importantly, the sanctions are cruelly designed for their harmful impact on the Cuban people.In this concise and sober account, Salim Lamrani explains everything you need to know about U.S. economic sanctions against Cuba: their origins, their provisions, how they contravene international law, and how they affect the lives of Cubans. He examines the U.S. government's own official documents to expose what is hiding in plain sight: an indefensible, vicious, and wasteful blockade that has been roundly condemned by citizens around the world.

Excerpt

In The Economic War Against Cuba: a Historical and Legal Perspective on the U.S. Blockade, Salim Lamrani presents us with an excellent summary of the American economic sanctions against Cuba, the manner in which they have been imposed for more than a half-century, and the harm they cause the Cuban people, particularly in terms of access to certain medicines. At the same time, his work demonstrates that these sanctions have failed totally to achieve their objective, which is nothing less than the overthrow of the Cuban government. Although this failure is obvious, the United States continues to pursue its objective vigorously. One might even say that this pursuit has become an obsession. As Salim Lamrani points out, Cuba does not represent a threat to the United States. the Cold War ended a long time ago and the United States has normalized its relations with China, with Vietnam, and several other former adversaries. Still, it obstinately refuses to do the same with Cuba.

The inability of the United States to interact rationally with Cuba can only weaken its position in Latin America. the global order of things has changed. There was a time when other nations (with the notable exception of Mexico) obediently . . .

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