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Cuba is still a threat

Cuba’s return to the US list of state sponsors of terrorism in January 2021 must trigger congressional debate. Given the crisis, these should be serious foreign policy and national security debates, not partisan and political criticisms. President Biden is reportedly planning to work with the Castro administration to explore the possibility of opening to the island. Before he does so, consider what happened when the Obama administration removed Cuba from the terrorist list, restored diplomatic relations, and relaxed US restrictions on travel, remittances, trade, banks, and investment. Would be wise. At that time, these predominantly one-sided concessions were aimed at promoting the gradual liberalization of Cuba. But in reality, they only bolded the island’s rulers, strengthened their grip on the population, and strengthened their alliance with hostile forces. In 2016, when Obama visited Cuba, detention and violence against peaceful dissidents actually increased, recording about 10,000 cases. New government licenses for fast-growing self-employed micro-enterprise (cuentapropistas), including domestic restaurants and guesthouses, were suddenly suspended for almost a year in 2017 and then reinstated with new restrictions. Today, due to the sanctions imposed over the last four years and the economic crisis that has upset Cuba, the Castro administration has begun to introduce some overdue reforms. It abolished the dual currency system, devalued the peso and announced a “major” expansion of the private sector. However, the government maintains control of all large industries and wholesalers and continues to monopolize healthcare, education, telecommunications, and professional services. And all cuenta propistas are still forbidden to incorporate their business. If the Biden administration is serious about human rights in Cuba, suppress the dialogue proposed by Movimiento San Isidro artists and young activists who are trying to revoke the two designed government decree just two months ago. You should not give in to the police state. Deprives artistic freedom and silences the island’s independent media. Recently, crackdowns on peaceful San Isidro protesters and leaders of Cuba’s major dissidents (UNPACU), who had to extend hunger strikes to lift police barricades, have increased. There are also real national security concerns.When Cuba was removed from the terrorist list, the Castro administration said, “It’s [would] Does not support future acts of international terrorism. Still, the FBI’s most wanted list continues to contain dozens of American fugitives, including convicted murderers, and ten of the Colombian National Liberation Army, a designated foreign terrorist organization. We provide an activity base for our leaders. In addition, in 2016 and 2017, dozens of U.S. diplomats and agents (and many Canadian officials) stationed in Cuba suffered severe headaches, nausea, dizziness, and hearing and memory loss. I was there. Similar symptoms also afflicted US officials in China, Russia and other countries in 2018-19. After years of research, experts pointed out that “high frequency energy” is the most likely cause of brain damage. This is a type of radiation that can be caused by a high intensity microwave beam. Strong evidence indicates “malicious, directed, pulsed attacks.” The suspicious perpetrator seems to be Russia, who has done important research on pulsed radio frequency technology. The US Defense Intelligence Agency reportedly warned in 1976 that Soviet research on microwaves had high hopes of “confusing the behavioral patterns of military or diplomats.” As for Cuba today, there seems to be an additional Russian purpose: weakening US and Canadian intelligence on the island by forcing the evacuation of suffering spies and diplomats. And accomplice: Castro administration. Accountability is an urgent matter and needs to be preceded by a new detent in Cuba. History teaches us that if impunity is allowed, it is an invitation to more attacks. Russia’s strategic involvement in Cuba since the Cold War is nothing new. It was revealed in February 2014 when the Russian craft ship Victor Leonov anchored in Havana shortly before the invasion of Crimea. After that, Victor Leonov returned to Cuba several times. In September 2015, another Russian vessel, Yantar, equipped with two submersibles, targeted a major submarine cable near Guantanamo Bay in the United States, which carries important global Internet communications. And in November 2018, Moscow reportedly approved the installation of Russia’s global satellite navigation system in Cuba, enabling two uses, commercial and military. China is also keen on island cyber technology. For years, it has used a Cuban spy base in Bejucal near Havana to intercept US electronic communications. According to Diplomat magazine, Beijing may have been involved in the installation of new powerful signal intelligence adjacent to Bejucal. The current Havana-Moscow axis also includes Venezuela, where Cuba and Russia support the Maduro dictatorship. Thousands of Castro spies, oppressive agents, and military personnel have spread fear of Venezuelan militias (collectivos) and led Maduro’s Special Forces (FAES) for torture and extrajudicial killings of thousands. .. At a hearing in the US Senate in July 2017, Luis Almagro, the current Secretary-General of the Organization of American States, said: [including intelligence agents, presidential bodyguards, and military personnel] In Venezuela. .. .. .. It’s like the Cuban occupation army. Given the continued repression of the Castro administration in Cuba and the looming threat to the United States and the region, in conspiracy with Russia, China, Venezuela and terrorist organizations, the Biden administration has been designated as a state sponsor of terrorism in Cuba and others. Will work to maintain sanctions. That is, unless the administration suppresses peaceful opponents and stops supporting international terrorism, it will withdraw its spies and military personnel from Venezuela and pursue true democratic liberation in Cuba.